Spanish school retrofits 16 Cessna 172s with diesel engines

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Spanish school retrofits 16 Cessna 172s with diesel engines

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Spanish school retrofits 16 Cessna 172s with diesel engines
Sep 2, 2014
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Spanish flight training school Aerodynamics Malaga is to retrofit 16 aircraft with Continental diesel engines. Fuel bills up to 60% lower are expected, as well better availability of fuel at smaller airports.

Aerodynamics is an EASA ATO and Part 145 maintenance organisation based in Malaga, Spain. They operate a fleet of 19 aircraft, 17 helicopters and two simulators. Aerodynamics currently flies two Piper PA-28 with the CD-135 engine and will immediately begin retrofitting the first four of 16 Cessna 172 aircraft from the standard Lycoming avgas fuelled engine to the Continental diesel engine.

In addition to the planned conversion of the remaining aircraft in its fixed wing fleet, Aerodynamics will become an authorised Continental Motors Diesel Engine Service Centre. Two Aerodynamics mechanics were trained at Continental Motors location in St Egidien, Germany and qualified as certified mechanics.

“We are proud to have this opportunity to equip one of the most recognised and largest flying schools in Spain with our Continental diesel engines”, said Ken Suda, President, Continental Motors Germany. “With the Continental CD-100 Engine Series, Aerodynamics is deliberately opting for a fuel-efficient and easy-to-operate diesel engine that runs on jet fuel”, Suda continued.
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    Continental Motors dieselContinental Motors’ turbodiesel engine is certified as a retrofit for the Cessna 172, and several other aircraft.
The Continental diesel engines – formerly known as Thielert Centurion engines – are noted for being easy to maintain and use, thanks to the FADEC system (Full Authority Digital Engine Control). In addition, they cut operating costs by some 60% through reduced fuel consumption and lower purchase price for Jet A1 or diesel fuel.

“In Spain, the availability of avgas is only guaranteed in well-populated areas, whereas at smaller airports, avgas has to be ordered three or four days in advance. Jet fuel, on the other hand, is consistently and permanently available at the airports used by flight schools”, said Wolfgang Biereth of Continental Motors Germany.

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