Thielert AG: Centurion Engine approved for further aircraft

Hamburg, May 29, 2006 – Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH, subsidiary of the public listed Thielert AG, obtained the supplemental type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to integrate its economical jet fuel piston engines into additional Piper PA28 series. Croatia and Australia have been added to the list of countries having validated the company’s existing aviation certifications. This marks a significant expansion of relevant markets for Thielert’s Centurion engines. These innovative engines have already clocked up over 200,000 accumulated flying hours.

Two years ago, Thielert successfully incorporated the Centurion 1.7 in the Piper PA28-161 as a rebuilt engine. Supplemental type certification for the Piper series PA28-140, -150, -160, -180 and -151 has now been added.  To this end, the Piper PA28-160 and -180 were reduced in weight to 976 kg. The EASA as representative of its 27 member countries presented the certificates on May 23, 2006. "The Piper PA28 is one of the most popular aircraft in General Aviation, after the Cessna 172. With these new certifications we now cover almost all series of these two aircraft models", noted Frank Thielert, CEO and founder of Thielert Aircraft Engines. "The strategy of offering pre-assembled installation kits with our motors for used aircraft has been so successful for Cessnas and Pipers that we are going to start offering our kits for Robins in the near future", Thielert added. In total, the Centurion 1.7 has now been approved for more than 25 models of aircraft and is flown intensively. Since the series was launched three years ago, over 200,000 accumulated flying hours have been clocked up using this engine.
On May 2, 2006, the Croatian aviation authority had already approved the EASA certifications for the Centurion 1.7, its installation in the Cessna 172 and Robin DR400, as well as the supplemental type certification for the higher-performance Centurion 4.0. Additionally Australia´s aviation authority validated the above mentioned supplemental type certifications for Piper PA28 on May 24, 2006.
These economical diesel jet engines are installed into used aircraft at Thielert’s sales partners. And the company has news on this front as well: with the addition of Cabair, Thielert has acquired a new partner. Cabair will take on both service and sales tasks for the Centurion engines locally. The number of sales partners worldwide has thus increased to twelve.
Just last week at the ILA in Berlin, Thielert presented installation kits for the Centurion 4.0. The 350HP engine as a retrofit kit is offered for the twin-engined Cessna 414, 421, and 340 also as for the single-engined Cessna 206. "There was overwhelming positive feedback to our presentation of the first kits with our Centurion 4.0. The first aircraft will be retrofitted on from August. We expect to get certifications in this country by the end of the year", stated Frank Thielert.


Source: Thielert AG
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