Continental received the EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) Type Certificate (TC) validation for the Jet-A CD-170 engine.
The CD-170 engine is a part of Continental’s CD-100 series of engines that have accumulated over 7.1 million flight hours worldwide since its inception. The newly certified Jet-A engine is included in the current type certificate for the already proven and reliable CD-100 engine series. The TC is the first of many certification milestones as Continental plans to apply for other foreign validation type certificates (VTC) for the CD-170 to reach aviators worldwide.
“We are pleased to reach this significant milestone for the CD-170 engine,” said Jurgen Schwarz, executive vice president of Global Engineering of Continental Aerospace Technologies. “This milestone represents the dedication of our team and our commitment to advancing Jet-A technology. This engine design demonstrates innovation through our enhanced fuel system that provides an additional level of redundancy, making it a safe and reliable option.”
Continental says this 170-horsepower engine has a higher power output that is achieved through several internal design features, such as an increased fuel injection rail pressure and adjusted injection time. These and other design changes result not only in higher performance output but maximized efficiency through an overall improved combustion process. The CD-170 operates efficiently on readily available Jet A-1 or Diesel EN590, reducing fuel consumption by up to 50 percent compared to comparable gasoline engines. The engine benefits from reduced operating costs and has extended endurance or range that is monitored from the engine’s Full Authority Engine Digital Control (FADEC) system.
This engine design has received production certificate validation and is successfully integrated into Tecnam’s P2010 TDI aircraft.