June 29, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
If you already own a Centurion diesel (jet fuel) 1.7 piston engine and want to upgrade to the 2.0, Centurion Aircraft Engines has a deal for you. Owners can get money back for unused flight hours if they upgrade to the next-generation Centurion 2.0 by Aug. 31.
After receiving a supplemental type certificate for the installation of 155-hp Centurion 2.0s engines in the Cessna 172, the company launched this current campaign, the upgrade program for pilots with Centurion 1.7 engines.
All types of aircraft with Centurion 1.7 engines can be equipped with the Centurion 2.0 engine. This applies to Cessna 172, Piper PA28, Robin DR400, and Diamond DA40 and DA42 aircraft. Since the Centurion 2.0 delivers 135 horsepower and has the same weight and size dimensions at the Centurion 1.7, it has the same supplemental type certificate.
The engine lifetime of 1,500 hours is 50 percent longer than that of the 1.7, and the lifetime of certain components, such as the clutch, features an even greater increase. Each newly manufactured Centurion 2.0 is accompanied by a voucher for a free replacement clutch and gearbox at 300 hours, as long as these components are not yet approved for 600 hours.
Centurion Aircraft Engines will reimburse $9.25 (based on the fluctuating value of the Euro versus the dollar) for each unused flight hour up to the 1,000th hour via the service center placing the order (up to $1,850 total reimbursement).
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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