Thielert Diesels Achieve EASA Certifications
Thielert's diesel engines recently were FAA certified for installation on Cessna 172s, and now the Germany-based company has received the OK from EASA, the European Aviation Safety Agency, for several more models. The Centurion 2.0 is now certified by EASA for the Piper PA28. "A validation in the USA is expected soon, because the Centurion 1.7 and its installation in the PA28 are already certified," according to Thielert's Web site. The Centurion 4.0 was recently certified by the EASA for the Cirrus SR22, and approval for the Cessna 206 is expected soon, Thielert says. "These two certifications will open the market for deliveries of the 4.0 engine," according to the company. Thielert engines currently are used on Diamond aircraft, and are especially popular in Europe, where the price differential between avgas and diesel (i.e., jet-A) is substantial. Thielert has been expanding its service network in the U.S. in anticipation of more sales in the region. In a statement sent to AVweb on Wednesday, Cirrus Design said: "Cirrus is always interested in supporting the development of new technology and expansion into growing market segments. There have been several new engine options that have been evaluated over the past few years. We understand that Thielert has been developing a SR22-G2 STC to advance its knowledge of how best to adapt their product to this type of application. We will continue to evaluate their progress with interest, but also with a keen awareness of the lengthy road to mature new technology to the level of refinement our customers have come to expect."