Superior Air Parts received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification for its 180 hp Vantage engine early this month. The engine, already certified by the FAA, earned Canadian certification in June.
Mike Caban, Superior’s director of sales and marketing, pointed out that both current versions of the Vantage, the O-360 and fuel-injected IO-360, are included in the EASA type certificate. “This is a gigantic step in our Vantage program,” he said. “We are making efforts to gain approvals in every country where Vantage-powered aircraft will be sold and operated.”
“Now major airframe manufacturers can consider using this engine on future aircraft with no concern about additional European certification requirements,” Caban added.
Superior, now a division of Thielert AG of Germany, also manufactures FAA-approved aftermarket cylinders and replacement parts for Lycoming and Continental engines, and its uncertified XP family of engines for experimental and sport aircraft.
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