Thielert Announces Centurion 2.0 Release

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Thielert Aircraft Engines of Germany on Wednesday announced that its new diesel engine, Centurion 2.0, is ready to hit the market. The engine evolved from the Centurion 1.7, which is sold in the U.S. in Diamond Aircraft's twin-engine DA42 and in a version of the DA40 single. According to Thielert, the new engine will replace the 1.7 for all installations from now on. "In launching our new engine, we are demonstrating that our proven concept is also upwards compatible," says company CEO Frank Thielert. "As already seen in the Centurion 1.7 and the Centurion 4.0, we have also utilized tried-and-tested technology in this development step and have allowed the ongoing improvements and innovations from automotive volume production to flow into our own development." Product enhancements include a flatter FADEC, a lighter cast gearbox housing, interfaces for glass cockpits and a new service tool that allows the FADEC to be programmed in the field, Thielert notes. [more] The engine has already been certified by the European and U.S. aviation authorities, and is certified for installation in all models of the Cessna 172. Customers whose aircraft are currently equipped with a Centurion 1.7 can replace it with a 2.0 and the systems will be fully compatible. The company also said it is continuously expanding its service and sales network, especially in the U.S