Friedrichshafen, Germany, April 20, 2023 — Continental®, a subsidiary of Continental Aerospace Technologies Holding Limited (HKEX: 232.HK), announced today two significant milestones for the Jet-A piston engine series. The popular jet-fuel burning piston engine family has accumulated more than 10 million flight hours, while the CD-170 engine has received a Time Between Replacement (TBR) extension from 1,200 to 1,800 hours from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Both milestones are a testament to the performance, reliability, and customer satisfaction for these outstanding engines.
When the CD-170 launched in 2020 with a TBR of 1,200 hours, Continental® committed to increasing the TBR. The CD-170 engine is the highest horsepower engine to join the CD-100 series and as a result of this commitment, it now has a TBR that rivals its lower horsepower predecessors. Continental’s team prioritized this development project, knowing it would provide additional value to its owners and operators as they can now enjoy flying 600 more hours behind their Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) engine.
The recent TBR increase in the CD-170 engine is one of the advantages driving pilots to join the Continental® Jet-A powered fleet. “We are proud that more than 10 million trusted flight hours have been flown behind our Diesel engines,” said Oliver Leber, Vice President of Global Sales & Applications Engineering. “This growing number of flight hours shows that pilots are enjoying the ease of operating a single lever power control in the cockpit that reduces pilot workload while also benefiting from the cost savings of burning the more affordable and accessible Jet-A fuel.”
The Continental® Jet-A piston engines are popular amongst fleet schools and individual operators seeking advanced piston engine technology. These engines are available in select new certified aircraft from airframe partners like Tecnam, Diamond, Piper, and Robin. In addition, the CD-100 series is also available in a Standard Type Certificate (STC) retrofit kit for various aircraft, like existing Cessna 172 and older Piper PA-28s, where it only takes 21 days to upgrade your standard engine to a new Jet-A engine.