Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2017 issue
NEW RICHMOND, WIS. – Engineered Propulsion Systems (EPS) Diesel expects to complete its FAA Certification process by the end of this year for their Graflight 8 diesel engine. Its work toward a Type Certificate has been layered with the process that will lead to a Production Certificate. Concurrently, EPS has been expanding its facilities. The latest addition is a two-story hangar at New Richmond Regional Airport (KRNH) in New Richmond, Wis., that adds a total of nearly 15,000 square feet to the 9,000-square foot hangar they started with. The new structure is intended to be used for engine testing and developing STCs for existing aircraft models. The facility will host state-of-the-art AC dynamometers and data acquisition systems (DAQ).
EPS also has a fourth facility that has been used for concept and conforming engine assembly. Later this year, the company will break ground for a new manufacturing building that will be set up for producing certified engines.
According to EPS Diesel, the Graflight 8 diesel engine has a range of 320 – 420 hp, will allow owners to fly cheaper, go farther, fly faster or carry more load, and fly in geographic areas lacking avgas infrastructure. With its “Flat Vee” configuration, the engine will fit many legacy single or twin-engine aircraft (www.eps.aero).