Centurion is launching a service offensive for its Centurion 2.0 aircraft engine series. The operational lifetime for this engine has been extended to 1,500 hours. Centurion also has managed to avoid the factory inspection originally planned for 1,200 hours, according to company officials, explaining this means that the engines no longer have to be removed upon reaching this maintenance interval and sent back to the factory in Lichtenstein, Germany. This results in a significant reduction in the maintenance costs and AOG times of the aircraft, officials note. Centurion is looking to extend the operational lifetime to 1,800 hours for the Centurion 2.0.
“Our Lifetime Extension Program is now taking full effect. First the fuel feed pump, which is already at 1,200 hours; and now 1,500 hours for the engine and — most important — no factory inspection any longer. For customers, this means a cost reduction in 1,200 hour service by over 7,000 Euros. Our fleet customers in particular are delighted with this progress,” said Centurion CEO Jasper M. Wolffson.
The 1,200 hour maintenance interval corresponds to 600-hour maintenance. In addition, it is also necessary to replace the V-ribbed belt, the oil thermostat screw plug, a number of hoses (depending on the aircraft type) and the coolant. The engine, however, no longer has to be removed and sent back to the factory for inspection, as would have been necessary with the originally-planned factory inspection. This cuts out the cost of removing and refitting the engine along with the associated transport costs. The average labor time decreases on average from 14 down to around one hour.
The 1,200-hour inspection can be conducted at all authorized Centurion service centers. More than 2,600 Centurion engines are operated in various aircraft types, which have successfully completed more than 2 million flight hours.
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