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May 16, 2006
Integration of the Centurion 4.0 into further popular aircraft such as the Cessna 206 and Cessna 414
Thielert aspires to new supplemental type certifications for the integration of its powerful 350 bhp Centurion 4.0 into several models built by the American aircraft manufacturer Cessna. The conversion to the fuel-efficient jet fuel (kerosene) engine is being offered for the single-engine Cessna 206 and the twin engine Cessna 340, 414 and 421. “The Cessna 206 and 414 as well as the 340 and 421 are widely used workhorses in General Aviation. We are catering to the request of numerous aviation companies of finally being able to refuel with the aviation standard fuel kerosene. In conjunction with the low consumption, the direct operation costs are also reduced by around 60 per cent,” explains Frank Thielert. As with the Centurion 1.7 for the Cessna 172, Thielert will also be offering a pre-assembled Firewall-Forward-Kit, in which the engine is already integrated into the frame and connected to the peripherals. By fitting the Centurion 4.0, the Cessnas acquire a new attractive dimension compared with conventional engine configurations. The Thielert engine offers enhanced safety thanks to shorter take-off runs. The low consumption of, on average, 45 litres/hour per engine permits a longer range and optimised payload, and this at a higher cruising speed. The design of the engine pods for the twin-engine models is impressive with its aerodynamic efficiency and effective styling. It is not necessary to modify the cowling of the Cessna 206. The Cessna 206 with the Centurion engine made her maiden flight on May 15, 2006. Thanks to the lighter-weight propellers, converting the Cessna 414 to the jet fuel engine has virtually no impact on the weight.