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Mar 03, 2005
CENTURION 4.0 maiden flight in TT62
Lichtenstein, 3 March 2005 - On 22 February 2005, the TT62, a twin-engine business aircraft manufactured by High Performance Aircraft GmbH (HPA), took off on its maiden flight. The aircraft was powered by two 310 bhp diesel engines of type CENTURION 4.0 from Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH (TAE); they, too, were on their first flight. The flight started from Heringsdorf on the island of Usedom. For both companies, it represents another important milestone in the introduction of the state-of-the-art technology into general aviation.
The TT62 is a five-seater aircraft made from modern composite fibres. The two engines are installed inside the fuselage behind the cockpit. They power two five-blade propellers connected to the fuselage via pylons. The CENTURION 4.0 engines, as well as the shaft drive to the propellers, were developed by TAE. They are certified in accordance with EASA requirements and are fuelled by the standard aviation fuel, kerosene. The engines make the TT62 a powerful cruising aircraft with very low consumption values and a long range.
HPA has been preparing the aircraft for its first flight for two years. Once the german aviation authority had issued the preliminary certificate of airworthiness, test pilot Gerard Guillaumaud took the TT62 out on its maiden flight, taking off on 22 February 2005 at 12.13 local time. At a moderate speed, he first flew the aircraft at low altitude over the small Oderhaff and around the south-eastern part of Usedom island. The CENTURION 4.0 engines and the drive concept were in very good and reliable form. The maiden flight marks the start of the prototype flight tests.
The CENTURION 4.0 is a V8 diesel cycle engine. It delivers 310 bhp at a torque of 946 Nm at the propeller. When cruising, the engine consumes approx. 35 litres of jet fuel. It has electronic engine and propeller control that enables control of the engine in the cockpit with just a single lever.