Aero-TV Checks Out The Jet A-Powered Diesel Skyhawk!!!

January 13, 2010

Cessna, Thielert Partner On 172S Turbo Diesel Option

Last fall, we asked ANN readers to, “Just imagine how cool will it be for a student pilot… on their first cross-country flight… to ask the lineperson to ‘fill it with Jet-A, please’ — and then point to their Cessna 172!” The new Skyhawk TD (turbo diesel, of course) features a Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) equipped Thielert Centurion 2.0 liter engine. The DOHC (double overhead camshaft) inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine develops 155 horsepower, is certified to operate on Jet-A fuel, is liquid cooled and drives a composite three-blade constant speed propeller.

Thielert was issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Skyhawk in March, allowing Cessna to offer a factory-installed Thielert engine. The engine features low specific fuel consumption, electronic engine control systems and improved hot-and-high engine performance.

With increased range and endurance, Cessna says the Skyhawk TD will offer an ideal solution for special mission applications like forestry patrol, wildlife conservation efforts, pipeline/power line patrol, traffic reporting and airborne law enforcement, according to Cessna. News of a Skyhawk turbo-diesel was not entirely unexpected. As ANN reported, Cessna announced a partnership with Thielert on “future projects” earlier this year.

The Wichita gang is also making the Garmin GFC700 Automatic Flight Control (AFCS) and Flight Director (FD) system standard equipment on most Skyhawk models. The autopilot function selector will be conveniently located on the Garmin G1000 flight display with the GFC700 capable of using all of the data available within the G1000 avionics system. Among the new navigational features included is all-digital, dual-channel, two-axis flight control — featuring an attitude-based (versus rate-based) autopilot.

The GFC700 on the Skyhawk also features a Flight Director, offering pitch and roll guidance to show the pilot the attitude for a standard climb or turn. The system also sports Flight Level Change capability — to ensure the aircraft maintains airspeed while climbing or descending to a pre-selected altitude — and a Go Around mode. Additionally, Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) with Lateral Performance, Vertical Guidance approach (LPV) and Vertical Navigation (VNAV) capabilities; Garmin SafeTaxi; and Garmin FliteCharts became standard for the Skyhawk, Skylane and Stationair starting with 2007 models. The Garmin ChartView powered by Jeppesen is optional.

FMI” www.cessna.com
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Duration : 0:7:25

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An Intriguing Aero-TV Interview: Thielert Talks Thielert

November 21, 2008

Frank Thielert Talks About The Engine That’s Creating A New Level of “Buzz”

A few years ago, the idea of a General Aviation diesel was pretty much… science fiction. Today, it’s science fact. While many have contributed to our ulative knowledge of aero-diesel technology, no one has done as much in the certified realm as Frank Thielert and Thielert Aircraft Engines.

Diamond Aircraft deserves aggressive pats on the back for being the first to truly integrate diesel engine technology into modern GA airplanes. On the DA40, a staple in the rental/flight training market (especially in Europe), the Thielert Centurion 1.7 achieved excellent fuel specifics and built up thousands of hours in heavy-duty service.

On the twin-engine DA42, the Centurion 1.7 and the newer Centurion 2.0 has been a big hit overseas and now here in North America as standard powerplants on the one of the most revolutionary piston aircraft currently produced by any GA manufacturer. And now, mighty Cessna has adopted the Centurion 2.0 for the new Skyhawk TD… the first Cessna piston aircraft capable of burning “Jet-A.”

The Centurion 2.0 engine is certified for the use of both kerosene and approved automotive diesel fuels. Just as innovative as the diesel technology is the use of FADEC systems to maintain proper efficiencies and operational parameters. The Centurion 2.0 is equipped with separate redundant FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) systems. The two independently operating systems health-check each other permanently; the healthier one takes control automatically, if one fails to meet proper specifications. FADEC controls and monitors engine functions and enables the use of a single lever control for all operating parameters including propeller pitch control. The FADEC also logs all relevant engine data for analysis.

The more recently developed and type certificated Centurion 4.0 met EASA certification requirements 28 October 2004 and has since received FAA certification. The CENTURION 4.0 is a V8-engine producing 350hp. The Centurion 4.0 is a V-arrangement with eight cylinders, each with four valves. It is dual-turbo charged and equipped with common rail direct injection. In addition, it is liquid- cooled, has a completely electronic engine and propeller control unit, and a wet sump oil system as well as a reduction gearbox. The engine is certified by EASA and FAA. The Centurion 4.0 is certified only for use with Jet-A.

It all sounds good… but somehow, we think you should hear more… and from the most knowledgeable person possible — the guy behind this massive undertaking… Frank Thielert, himself. So…. enjoy Aero-TV’s visit with Frank Thielert.

FMI: www.thielert.com, www.centurion-engines.com
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Duration : 0:5:48

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Aero-TV: Next-Gen Airplanes Require Next-Gen Training (Part

October 30, 2008

Just How Will They Train All Those Eclipse Pilots, Anyway?

E-I-C Note: One of the wonders of the computer world is the gamut of amazing capabilities we have at our possession… but the curse of it all is revealed when these new-fangled wonder go “Tango-Uniform.” Part one of this program was presented October 14th and as we were preparing to upload Part 2, a so-called redundant drive array signaled that it was having problems… and it did. That’s all fixed now, and so we’re pleased to (belatedly) present Part Two of “Next-Gen Airplanes Require Next-Gen Training.” We think you’ll see it was worth waiting for.

Despite all the growing pains ociated with getting the Eclipse program up to speed, one thing continues unabated… Eclipse Pilot training. A visit to the factory flight training facility a few weeks back showed ANN that this was one part of the program that seems ready and able to keep up with the demand, and that Director of Customer Training, Randy Brooks, seems more than optimistic about their efforts.

Just last January, Eclipse told us that the FAA had awarded Eclipse’s training provider, Higher Power Aviation (HPA), authorization to conduct Eclipse 500 Type Training under HPA’s Part 142 Training Certificate. The authorization increases Eclipse’s training capacity and enables the company to type rate customers entirely in its certified Level D Full Motion simulators.

During the Part 142 certification process, the FAA examined Eclipse’s training curriculum and analyzed how Eclipse uses its advanced simulator to train and type rate customer pilots prior to an aircraft delivery. The certification came just two weeks after the FAA certified Eclipse’s first flight simulator as a Level D Full Motion device.

The first class of customer pilots began their flight training in the Level D simulator within days, with subsequent classes beginning every two weeks. Eclipse now has three Level D Full Motion simulators in operation, which allows the company to train and type rate 60 customers per month. The certification was accomplished through partnerships between Eclipse Aviation and HPA of Dallas, TX; OPINICUS of Lutz, FL; and Flight Simulation Company (FSC) of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Eclipse built a state-of-the-art Flight Training Facility at Double Eagle II Airport on Albuquerque’s west side just over a year ago. Eclipse flight skills essment eval programs and HPA’s Part 142 type rating training are conducted in the simulators.

FMI: www.eclipseaviation.com, www.aero-tv.net, www.youtube.com/aerotvnetwork, http://twitter.com/AeroNews

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Duration : 0:6:33

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