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Jul. 26, 2006
Further certifications enhances Thielert’s market potential in the USA

  Lichtenstein/Saxony – The integration of a Centurion 1.7 jet fuel engine into the Piper PA28-161 light aircraft is now certificated in the U.S. as well. American’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) presented the Saxony-based Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH the certificate for the supplemental type certification (STC) on July 24, 2006. As a result, Thielert’s sales potential in the U.S. market for its ultramodern jet fuel piston aircraft engines has been considerably enhanced.

In Europe, the installation of the cost-effective Centurion 1.7 into the PA28-161 is already certified since 2004. In May 2006, European STC for further models of the American aircraft make followed: Piper PA28-140, -150, -160, -180 and -151. FAA acceptance for those models is also underway.

"The current certificates enhances our sales potential considerably. It covers just under 14 percent of the PA28 aircraft on the U.S. market," says Frank Thielert, managing director of Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH. "If the other European certifications are validated in the U.S., we can reckon with a North American market of 1,000 replacement engines a year for the Piper PA28 alone." In terms of general aviation, North America is the world’s largest and most important market, with an approximately 75-percent share. There are about 15,500 Piper PA28 aircraft currently registered which could be refitted with a Centurion 1.7 in line with the existing European certifications.

In addition to the Cessna 172, the Piper PA28 is a standard aircraft for general aviation. It is especially popular in the area of pilot training, but it is also used as a travel airplane in charter operations. Thielert now has U.S. certificates to install its Centurion 1.7 in both aircraft. The type certificates are the precondition for entering the market.

FAA certifications have special significance for the worldwide aviation market because they are accepted by most countries in Africa and Asia without further validation prozess. These countries represent an additional market for Thielert because the availability of aviation gasoline (avgas) for conventional engines is very limited there. The Centurion engines are not affected by the limited supply of this type of fuel. They fly using the standard aviation fuel that is available worldwide: kerosene (jet fuel).


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