|The Centurion 2.0s is now STC'd for retrofit into Piper's widely available PA-28 line.
By Marino Boric, EAA European Correspondent
New engine adaptations for older airframes remain a staple at EAA AirVenture, and 2012 is no exception with Centurion Aircraft Engines AG & Co. KG's new 155-hp Diesel Centurion 2.0s retrofit for the Piper PA-28 on display here for the first time.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) authorized the retrofit in mid-April, and production launch of the new Centurion retrofit kit has already begun with the first European customers. The company expects FAA supplemental type certification (STC) soon.
Piper PA-28 operators retrofitting their avgas engine or exchanging their old Centurion powerplants can now choose between two engine options: the first, the 135-hp Centurion 2.0, and the more powerful Centurion 2.0s.
Both engines offer excellent performance, efficiency, and reliability we were told in Oshkosh.
And like all Centurion-powered aircraft, the PA-28 also employs a single-lever control that manages a fully electronic engine and propeller control system.
The Piper PA-28 is the fourth aircraft model - after the Cessna 172, Diamond DA40, and Robin DR400 - eligible to be fitted with the Centurion 2.0s.
The series PA-28-151 and -161 have been certified and can reach - at 100 percent power - a top cruising speed of 133 KTAS up to an altitude of 8,000 feet. At 70 percent power and 6,000 MSL the combination delivers 110 knots true using an average of 5.8 gph (22.1 per hour) of fuel - either Jet A or diesel.
The takeoff roll drops to 840 feet (255 m) with a climb rate that averages 658 feet/minute up to 6,000 MSL.
Range with standard tanks is up to 850 nautical miles at the maximum takeoff weight of 2,435 pounds (1,107 kg).
The time between replacement, or TBR, for the Centurion 2.0s is currently still 1,200 flight hours, but the company aims to extend that period to 1,500 hours - the current limit for the Centurion 2.0 according to the company representative, Sebastian Wentzler.
For more information visit Centurion at Booth 98 on AirVenture grounds or go to www.Centurion.aero.