The European Aircraft Safety Agency (EASA) authorized the retrofit at the beginning of September, and production of the new Centurion product has already been launched, according to officials with the German company. Deliveries will commence at the end of November.
Diamond DA40 operators using a Centurion engine can now choose between two replacement engines: The Centurion 2.0 and the more powerful Centurion 2.0s. The Diamond DA40 is the third aircraft model — after the Cessna 172 and Robin DR400 — that can be equipped with the Centurion 2.0s. The Piper PA-28 is to follow, company officials said.
As early as 2001, the manufacturer of Centurion engines was the first company in the world to be authorized to produce diesel piston aircraft engines. To date, the approximately 2,600 Centurion engines in use in general aviation have logged more than 2.75 million flight hours.