Continental Motors announced that it has received a supplemental type certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency for Cessna 172 models powered by its CD-155 diesel engine. The STC also allows for the installation of the Garmin G1000 integrated avionics system.
“This STC clears the way for European and American Cessna 172 owners to benefit from Continental Motors’ efficient and reliable jet-A or diesel CD-155 engine solution, with all engine data displayed on their G1000,” says Continental Motors’ senior vice president of engineering Jürgen Schwarz.
The retrofit kit includes a larger propeller and G1000 integration, while boasting an improved engine lifetime of 2,100 hours with long maintenance intervals. Equipped with an MTV-6-A/190 propeller and CD-155 diesel engine, the Cessna 172 cruises at a maximum speed of 135 ktas at 8,000 feet. At the same altitude, best economy cruise is 109 ktas, burning only 4.9 gallons of jet-A per hour.
“With this STC now approved by both EASA and the FAA, flight schools, fleet operators and recreational users can reduce their fuel and maintenance costs, regardless of the avionics installed in their Cessna airframe,” Schwarz says.