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Feb 11, 2005
Take Off 2005 - Further Certifications

  FAA and CAAC Certificates / Visit of US Senator Inhofe / AERO booth

Lichtenstein - The installation of the CENTURION 1.7 jet fuel aircraft engine in the Cessna 172 has now also been certified in the U.S. The American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded the certificate for the supplemental type certification to Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH (TAE) from Saxony, Germany, on 31 January 2005. Shortly afterwards, TAE was awarded the type certification for the engine in China as well. These certifications are further milestones in the worldwide market launch of these high-tech aircraft engines from the CENTURION range. In the meantime, TAE informed its guest U.S. Senator Inhofe about the market launch of the CENTURION 1.7 engines and the expansion of its service network in the U.S.

The retrofit kit of the CENTURION 1.7 jet fuel aircraft engine is now also certified in the U.S. for installation in the Cessna 172. The Cessna is the most commonly built aircraft in the world, the U.S. being the world's largest market for aircraft engines. Accordingly, the awarding of the supplemental type certification by the FAA on 31 January 2005 constitutes a key milestone for the market entry in North America. The certification includes the series Cessna 172 K, L, M, N, R and S both from American and French production. It has been possible to install the CENTURION 1.7 - in conjunction with the retrofit kit - in the Cessna 172 since as far back as May 2002 also in all new aircraft registered in Europe. Now, following the certification in the U.S., the first shipments to North America are to follow shortly. Since the series was first launched two years ago, TAE has already produced over 650 aircraft engines of the type CENTURION 1.7.

Within just a few days of being awarded the American type certification, TAE received a further important certification. On 3 February 2005, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) awarded TAE the type certification for its CENTURION 1.7 aircraft engine. The Chinese are aspiring to use jet fuel aircraft engines nationwide for pilot training. In the market of General Aviation, China is also exhibiting significant potential for growth.

"These certifications mark a highly promising start to the new year," says TAE managing director Frank Thielert, "particularly in the U.S., besides the expansion of our service network, they provide the basis for the successful market launch of our engines." The service network already underwent significant expansion in 2004, with some 31 additional service centres being trained, audited and authorised by TAE. This means that there are now over 65 service centres in 20 different countries for the CENTURION engines.

The year 2005 will also see the service network undergoing further expansion. To achieve this, aircraft manufacturers will be involved in the process, particularly so in the U.S. These manufacturers will train the technical personnel of their own service stations in all the aspects of service and maintenance relating to CENTURION engines. TAE in turn supports the American aircraft manufacturers with the technical training. At present, TAE is setting up its own training centre near Dallas in the U.S. This will enable TAE to ensure that the customers receive an appropriate level of service and support for what are already reliable jet fuel aircraft engines when the first jet fuel engine aircraft are delivered in the U.S.

Within the scope of visit to Germany by the US-American Secretary of State Rice on taking up her new office, TAE also received a high-ranking visitor from the U.S. Senator James Inhofe and the Saxon Consul General Fletcher Burton visited the plant in Lichtenstein on 4 February 2005 in order to find out about the aircraft engines of the CENTURION series and their application in General Aviation and military technology. As an experienced private pilot, Senator Inhofe also tested out a jet fuel aircraft for himself on a sightseeing flight over Saxony and Thuringia. Senator Inhofe was visibly impressed both by the CENTURION high-tech jet fuel aircraft engine and the production facility in Saxony.

TAE will once again be appearing at AERO 2005 in Friedrichshafen, the largest exhibition for General Aviation in Europe. The jet fuel aircraft engines and aircraft will be exhibited in hall A3, stand 414 and in the Static Display.


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