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Continental surprises the market by launching a new line of CD-170R diesel cycle piston engines, which can be fueled with aviation kerosene

24 April 2024 22 gies: 01
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Continental surprises the market by launching a new line of CD-170R diesel cycle piston engines
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New engine from Continental Aerospace promises 170 hp of power when fueled with aviation kerosene. Additionally, it requires maintenance at 100-hour intervals..

Manufacturer of aircraft engines Continental Aerospace presented its new line of CD-170R diesel cycle piston engines, which can be fueled with aviation kerosene (QAV). The focus of Continental's new engine is to serve the light helicopter market, offering lower operating costs.

New Continental engine produces 170 hp

The new variant of the CD-100 series was developed for exclusive application in helicopters and has begun the certification process with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), expected to be completed later this year.

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A CD-170R series It is an evolution of the CD-170 version, which underwent some improvements and design changes, standing out with its performance similar to the fixed-wing version, maintaining the same standards of efficiency, reliability and ease of temperature management. One of the great highlights of Continental's new engine that uses aviation kerosene is the scheduled maintenance at 100 hour intervals.

According to Continental, the new turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which uses aviation kerosene, delivers 170 hp of power, being equipped with Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC), which allows a reduction in fuel consumption and better management of parameters in all phases.

Official data released by the brand highlights that the engine consumes an average of 30 liters per hour of Jet-A on a cruise flight. Controlled via FADEC with helicopter-specific software mapping, pilots can now direct their focus to critical flight and mission phases, alleviating the need to simultaneously manage power and collective, according to David Dörner, Vice President of Global Development from Continental. 

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As it is a new Continental engine specifically for use in helicopters, the CD-170R does not have a reduction gearbox, allowing a better power-to-weight ratio, being around 16 kilos lighter than the fixed-wing version.

It is worth mentioning that the Continental Jet-A engines are a world-class reference in General Aviation, with more than 7.500 produced and shipped, and more than 2 engines currently in operation, reporting over 9 million hours. They are preferred by flight schools and specified by major OEMs.

Jet-A powered engines run on universally available jet fuel (Jet Fuel, Jet-A and EASA and other certified jet fuels). Each is certified to the requirements of the FAA, EASA and 78 other countries.

Continental continues to develop the technologically advanced engine series which now includes engines ranging from 135 HP to 300 HP. In an example of its commitment to continuous improvement, the CD-135, CD-155 and CD-300 engines have been upgraded to 2.100 and 2.000 hours, respectively.

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A Continental Aerospace Technologies is a global leader in General Aviation. It is the only company to offer a full range of gasoline and Jet-A engines, as well as aviation services. The company has significant operations on three continents, a global supply chain, highly experienced teams and excellent MRO capabilities at Continental Services.

Continental is synonymous with product excellence and customer service, building on more than 100 years of reliability and innovation. The company serves OEMs, flight schools, fleet customers and pilots at its manufacturing and service centers in the US, Europe and China. In addition to Jet-A, the company also works with AVGas engines.

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