Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Premier Edition 172 Upgrade Program Features The Centurion 2.0 Turbo Diesel Engine

Premier Aircraft Sales has announced that it is now offering its exclusive Premier Edition 172 upgrade program, which converts the Cessna Skyhawk's legacy Lycoming engine to a new-generation, 135-horsepower Centurion 2.0 liquid-cooled and turbocharged diesel engine. The Premier Edition 172 also includes a Garmin G500 glass and GNS750 touch-screen GPS/COM/NAV avionics upgrade.

"We're introducing the Premier Edition 172 to give our customers the opportunity to upgrade their 172's with an advanced engine and avionics package that will improve the efficiency, value and safety of these popular aircraft," stated Art Spengler, VP Operations, Premier Aircraft Sales, Inc. "This program is a direct response to what our customers have been asking for."

Spengler explained that along with installing the zero-time, 135-horsepower, Centurion 2.0 turbo diesel engine with Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC), the upgrade also includes a, new three-bladed, constant-speed MT composite propeller.

Spengler said that at 75% cruise power, the Centurion powered 172 will burn about 5.2 gallons of Jet A-1 per hour. The typical Lycoming-powered 172 will burn around 9.2 gph at the same power setting.

"While the Centurion 2.0's ability to run on less-expensive Jet-A fuel is what everyone wants to focus on, the upgrade also gives owner/operators a number of other benefits, including a much easier-to-operate single lever FADEC system," Spengler said. "Power, mixture and propeller settings are all done with one-lever. No more worring over fine power/fuel adjustments."

Along with the new Centurion 2.0 engine, the Premier Edition 172 upgrade also includes:

Three-bladed MT composite propeller
Garmin G500 Electronic Flight Display
Garmin GTN750 touch-screen GPS/COM/NAV
Garmin GDL88 ADS-B receiver with weather and traffic
Fresh annual inspection
Full airframe, Corrosion X, anti-corrosion application
New exterior trim package
Two-year factory warranty from Centurion/Continental and Garmin
A list of custom options including air conditioning, AmSafe Airbag Seat Restraints and Microaerodynamic Vortex generators
And more.

"Another huge advantage of the Premier Edition 172 is that it amazingly smooth and quiet – actually 24% quieter compared to a Lycoming-powered aircraft," Spengler said. "The smoothness of the engine not only makes the cabin more comfortable and quiet, it also puts much less strain on the avionics and airframe. It makes a really good airplane into a truly great personal traveling machine."


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