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Thursday, December 1, 2005

Straight Talk From Thielert Aircraft Engines

Its new diesel aircraft powerplants are bringing Jet A to GA

Straight Talk From Thielert Aircraft EnginesThe diesels are coming…the diesels are coming—to general aviation, that is. And the company that’s leading the charge isn’t one of general-aviation engines’ “big two.” No, it’s a relatively small company that has its sights clearly set on relieving your dependence on avgas.

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So what is the future of the diesel engine in the United States? Thielert is philosophical in his answer.

“In all aspects of industry and life, no one accepts [the requirement] to work with technology that is out of date because it doesn’t fill the customer requirements. The only aspect of life in which old technology has to be accepted, until now, was general aviation engines,” he said. “So we believe that in the long run, more and more U.S. pilots will opt for the special advantages of modern diesel engines, like the Centurion 1.7s—low fuel consumption resulting in longer ranges and lower operating cost, ease of maintenance and operation through Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC).

For more information on Thielert’s Centurion 1.7 and 4.0 diesel engines, log on to Thielert Aircraft Engines’ Website at


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