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Apr. 03, 2014
Diamond Aircraft to offer Centurion 2.0s upgrade to DA42 TDI owners and operators
Diamond Aircraft Industries will include Centurion 2.0s engines in the existing DA42 type certificate, offering owners and operators the possibility to upgrade from their 135 hp Centurion 1.7 and 2.0 engines, up to a 155 hp 2.0s. With this program Diamond supports an existing fleet of over 500 Centurion equipped DA42 aircraft as an additional alternative to the current conversion program. Both DA42 TDI and DA40 TDI aircraft can be retrofitted with the Centurion 2.0s kit. Centurion engines are produced by German-based Technify Motors GmbH (TMG), part of the Continental Motors Group, a subsidiary of AVIC International Holding Corporation (previously known as Thielert). European certification will be granted not later than July 2014. North American validation is planned but pending on demand.
”It is important to offer our existing TDI customers satisfying possibilities for an upgrade”, says Christian Dries, Diamond Aircraft Industries CEO. “DA42 TDI owners now can choose between the original 135 hp Centurion, the 155 hp Centurion 2.0s performance upgrade.”
”We are pleased with Diamond’s decision to offer to our mutual customers the Centurion 2.0s. It represents a major commitment to the existing customer base”, says Ken Suda, Managing Director and President of Technify Motors.
Conversions will be performed by a limited number of authorized centers that will also be able to offer major service work, inspections, refurbishment and other upgrades (like weather radar). Details, including pricing and availability, will be released as this information becomes available.