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Continental CD-170R Engine optimised for rotary aircraft
Continental CD-170R Engine optimised for rotary aircraft

+VIDEO Continental has launched a version of its Jet-A fuelled CD-170 piston engine adapted for rotary aircraft, such as helicopters and gyrocopters.

The CD-170R was revealed at this week’s AERO Friedrichshafen and has already started  certification with EASA.

The 170-horsepower, turbocharged engine combines Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) which gives lower fuel consumption and dual redundancy, said Continental.

“While fuel consumption is application-based, this four-cylinder model is expected to conservatively burn approximately 7.9 gallons of Jet-A1 per hour when in cruise,” said a statement.

“Similar to its predecessors, the CD-170R will debut with a Time Between Replacement (TBR) of 1200 hours and will increase with time in service.”

As a rotorcraft-specific powerplant, the CD-170R does not have an attached gearbox, making it lighter by 37 pounds.

Dr David Dörner, vice president of Continental’s R&D, said, “We are incredibly proud to expand Continental’s engine line to include a rotorcraft-specific Heavy Fuel Engine. This is a major innovation milestone in Continental’s history that will allow us to serve even more pilots and operators in the general aviation industry.

“Transforming the pilot experience, the CD-170R was engineered with the pilot’s needs at the forefront. Controlled via FADEC with rotorcraft-specific software mapping, pilots can now direct their focus toward the critical phases of flight and mission, alleviating the need to manage both the throttle and the collective simultaneously.”

Continental Aerospace Technologies


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