Wed, Jun 27, 2007
More Details Coming Later This Year, Says Planemaker
Are there more
diesel-powered Skyhawks, Skylanes and Stationairs in the offing?
Cessna Aircraft Company announced Wednesday it has reached
agreement with Germany's Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH to
collaborate on future programs centered on the Thielert diesel
engine. Details are scheduled to be announced later this year.
"We think the Thielert engine may provide a very worthwhile
power option for many of our customers since it runs on jet fuel
and diesel," said Cessna Vice President, Worldwide Propeller
Aircraft Sales John Doman. "We have had discussions with Frank
Thielert and his group for some time, and we think the time is
right to move forward."
Thielert has won several European certifications since 2002 for
retrofitting diesel engines into Cessna aircraft. As ANN reported, a
supplemental type certificate (STC) for retrofitting the Cessna 172
was granted in March 2007 by the US Federal Aviation
The German enginemaker already offers Centurion diesel
powerplants for new Cessna 172s, installed by Arlington, TX-based
Van Bortel Aircraft. Van Bortel replaces the conventional engines
in new planes, with Cessna's support.
Diesel engines feature low fuel consumption, electronic engine
control systems, and improved hot-and-high engine performance over
avgas-powered piston engines.
"We have a number of products that are of interest to Cessna and
we are excited to be moving forward in our relationship," said
Frank Thielert, CEO of Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH. "The
benefits are documented, so we have great confidence the customers
of Cessna would be pleased with the savings and reliability."
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