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Jul 10, 2005
Diesel-Robin 135 CDI certified by EASA
Lichtenstein, Germany – Another aircraft has been given approval to operate with the Centurion 1.7 jet fuel engine: the Robin DR400. On 7 July 2005 The German engine manufacturer Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH (TAE) received supplemental type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to install the engine. The French aircraft manufacturer Apex Aircraft thereby became TAE’s second OEM customer. Numerous orders have already been received for this type of aircraft.
The state-of-the-art Centurion 1.7 jet fuel engine follows the traditional and proven wooden construction of the DR400, producing aircraft with superb flight qualities whose ultra-modern drives make it both economical and easy to operate. The fuel consumption while cruising is 21l/h at a speed of 126 kts. Its flight range with a 110 litre standard tank is 613 NM. In climb flight the Robin 135 CDI achieves 680 ft/min. As in all aircraft that are fitted with a Centurion engine, the Robin also has fully electronic engine and propeller control with a control lever.
The approval range of the supplemental type certificate covers the Robin DR400 RP, 120D, 140B, 180R and 200R. Initially the Centurion 1.7 will only be fitted in new aircraft. A retrofit kit for refitting AVGAS-Robins is in development.