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Sep 09, 2005
5 Years On From The First Flight
Lichtenstein, Germany – Despite being a young company, Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH celebrated two anniversaries in 2005. In the summer the company celebrated five years of production at its plant in Lichtenstein. And on 9 September 2005 it celebrated the fifth anniversary of the inaugural flight with a TAE piston engine. On that day in 2000 a Valentin Taifun power glider took off from the Altenburg airfield with the prototype TAE 110 engine. In March 2001 the TAE 110 became the world’s first diesel engine to receive approval from the Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (German Federal Office of Civil Aviation). The TAE gave rise to today’s Centurion 1.7 production engine, which has gone on in recent years to become the world’s most successful diesel/jet fuel aircraft engine.