Thielert Hourly Costs Down Slightly

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Owners of Thielert aircraft engines who have been impacted by the company's bankruptcy proceedings now can expect some relief, the company said on Monday. Bruno Kubler, insolvency administrator for Thielert Aircraft Engines, said owners of the Centurion 1.7 and Centurion 2.0 engines can expect lower costs thanks to the development of a new fuel feed pump, which will extend the maintenance intervals from 300 to 600 flying hours, and the lowering of costs for transmission inspections by about half. Inspection costs for the clutch of the Centurion 1.7 also have been lowered, Kubler said. However, clutches and transmissions still will have to be replaced after 300 flying hours, the company said, adding that "an increase up to 600 flying hours is not yet possible for safety reasons." The statement adds that "concerted efforts to extend the life span of these components continue to be carried out with absolute priority."

The changes will lower operating costs by about 8 euro ($11) per hour for the 2.0 and about 10 euro ($13) per hour for the 1.7, the company said.