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Continental expands CD-200-series engine lineContinental expands CD-200-series engine line

Continental announced the CD-265 diesel engine for fixed-wing aircraft and CDR-285 for rotary aircraft July 25 during EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The engines were developed from the CD-230, which has been certified for almost five years.

EAA AirVenture attendees talk to a Continental employee and look over the company’s CD-300 diesel engine that recently received European Aviation Safety Agency approval. Photo by Jim Moore.
EAA AirVenture attendees talk to a Continental employee and look over the company’s CD-300 diesel engine that recently received European Aviation Safety Agency approval. Photo by Jim Moore.

Both engines are “air cooled, boxer style turbo charged engines producing 265 hp at 2500 rpm and 285 hp at 2700 rpm,” the company said in a press release. Continental said it expects to receive certification of the engines in early 2018.

Continental Motors Group President and CEO Rhett Ross said the company is “moving into rotorcraft with diesel” engines, and noted that it has “done several tests in that market.”

Stepping up the diesel line to Continental’s CD-300 engine brings more good news from the company: Continental received European Aviation Safety Agency approval for the 300-hp V6 diesel piston on June 20. The company said it expects validation from the FAA and the Civil Aviation Administration of China soon.

Ross also announced that the company is adding to its PMA line of parts for Lycoming and Titan engines with angle valve cylinders. The FAA-approved parts can be installed on certified and experimental engines. The angle valve cylinders have an option to come with NiC3 coating that Continental says provides “unprecedented corrosion and premature wear resistance.”

The company offers OEM-built cylinders for Lycoming 360-, 540-, and 720-series engines along with cylinder kits and spare parts.

Continental’s roller lifters and roller camshafts are now FAA-approved for Lycoming and Titan engines as well.

Continental also announced a lower price, starting at less than $1,000, for its parallel valve cylinders. They can be purchased through Continental’s master distributor, Aviall.

For a limited time, the engine manufacturer is running a special offer on its angle and parallel valve cylinders for Lycoming and Titan engines with “through hardened steel barrels or with the optional NiC3 Nickel Silicon Carbide.” Continental will “refund up to $600 to the customers that have purchased one or more cylinder kit” between July 17 and Sept. 17. Customers can contact the company for more details about registering for the offer.

In addition to expanding its offerings, Ross said Continental is also looking to expand its business with “more strategic acquisitions,” including a few in North America and one in Europe, though he wouldn’t elaborate further.

Alyssa J. Miller

Alyssa J. Cobb

AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor
AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Cobb has worked at AOPA since 2004 and is an active flight instructor.
Topics: EAA AirVenture, Diesel

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