St. Egidien, Germany on September 2, 2014 - Continental Motors Group, Ltd announced today that Aerodynamics Malaga S.L. (Aerodynamics), a leading Spanish flight training school, will retrofit sixteen aircraft with the state-of-the-art Continental Diesel jet fuel piston engine.
Aerodynamics is an EASA ATO and Part 145 maintenance organization based in Malaga, Spain. They operate a fleet of 19 aircraft, 17 helicopters and two simulators. Aerodynamics currently flies two Piper PA-28 with the CD-135 engine and will immediately begin retrofitting the first four of sixteen Cessna 172 aircraft from the standard Lycoming AvGas fueled engine to the Continental Diesel engine. In addition to the planned conversion of the remaining aircraft in its fixed wing fleet, Aerodynamics will become an authorized Continental Motors’ Diesel Engine Service Center. Two Aerodynamics’ mechanics were trained at Continental Motors’ location in St. Egidien, Germany and qualified as certified mechanics after attending the PART 147 factory training as part of the Service Center Program.
"We are proud to have this opportunity to equip one of the most recognized and largest flying schools in Spain with our Continental Diesel engines", said Ken Suda, President, Continental Motors Germany. "With the Continental CD-100 Engine Series, Aerodynamics is deliberately opting for a fuel-efficient and easy-to-operate Diesel engine that runs on jet fuel", Suda continued.
Besides their reliability and safety, the Continental Diesel engines are notable – thanks to the redundant FADEC system (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) - for being particularly easy to maintain and use. In addition, they cut operating costs by some 60 percent through reduced fuel consumption and lower purchase price for JetA1 or diesel fuel (EN590). The proven reliability and quality of the CD-100 series engine combined with the declining availability of aviation gasoline (avgas) in certain parts of the world is leading to the increased popularity of Continental Diesel engines. "In Spain, the availability of avgas is only guaranteed in well-populated areas, whereas at smaller airports, avgas has to be ordered three or four days in advance. Jet Fuel, on the other hand, is consistently and permanently available at the airports used by flight schools", said Wolfgang Biereth, Head of Sales EMEA of Continental Motors Germany.
Continental Motors Group, Ltd. of Hong Kong, China is a subsidiary of AVIC International Holding Corporation of Beijing, China. Its mission is to provide advanced gasoline and Jet-A engine products, spare parts, engine and aircraft services, and pilot training for the general aviation marketplace. Continental is an international operation employing approximately 450 team members in Mobile and Baldwin counties, Alabama, USA; 200 team members in St. Egidien, Germany; and 8 team members in Beijing, China. More information can be found at www.continentalmotors.aero.