Continental Diesel Engine Overview
Continental Diesel is, in every respect, the industry leading brand for certified diesel or Jet A-1 powered piston aircraft engines in general aviation. Continent Diesel has the longest production history, the largest fleet of engines in operation, the most diesel flight hours fleet wide, and the largest service network for diesel aircraft engines around the globe.
The Continental Diesel engines are certified in accordance with the requirements of the FAA, EASA and 60 additional countries. They are technically advanced diesel engines which can operate on auto-diesel (DIN 590) and especially with the standard aviation kerosene fuel (Jet Fuel, Jet-A). Continental Diesel engines can be installed both as a retrofit and for factory new aircraft and offer the following benefits:
- Reliability and safety due to the redundant FADEC system (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) without mechanical back-up
- Significantly lower operating cost because of reduced fuel consumption and lower fuel prices for kerosene in many countries outside of the US
- Lower fuel consumption leads to extended mission range
- Comfortable operation with lower vibration level and noise signature
- Electronic event log for simplified diagnostics
- The green engine: no carbon monoxide poisoning possible, no lead emission, comparably lower nitrogen oxide and hydrocarbon emission
As far back as 2001, the manufacturer of Continental Diesel engines, formerly known as Thielert Aircraft Engines and now Technify Motors GmbH as member of the Continental Motors Group, became the first company in the world to receive type certification for its kerosene (Jet Fuel, Jet-A) piston aircraft engines. Continental Diesel pilots have a global network of more than 350 authorized service centers at their disposal. Altogether, there are over 3,500 Diesel engines operated in General Aviation which have successfully completed more than 3.5 million flight hours.