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May 16, 2006
Power class covered - 230 bhp aircraft engine announced
In General Aviation, piston aircraft are categorised into three power classes. They are equipped with engines that generate outputs of around 150 bhp, 230 bhp and 350 bhp. With its Centurion 1.7 and Centurion 4.0 jet fuel engines, Thielert already offers engines for the lower and upper power classes. Thielert has now announced that it is also looking to cover the middle power class. The new engine will go by the name of the Centurion 3.2. It generates over 230 bhp (172 kW) and, like all Thielert engines, will be based on the latest diesel technology and reliable automotive components. “The Centurion 3.2 will also be turbocharged and liquid cooled. In addition to the gear box, the well-known fully electronic engine control system (FADEC) is to be used again, which permits ease of operation through single-lever control,” announces Frank Thielert. The development and certification of the Centurion 3.2 will ensue over the next 30 months, continues Thielert. The maiden flight is expected to take place in mid-2007, with series production expected to start in 2008. The engine will be suitable for aircraft such as the highly popular Cessna 182.