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Continental Motors Group to produce aviation engines

August 1, 2017  By Continental Motors Group

Continental Motors Group, Ltd of Hong Kong, Alabama, and St. Egidien, Germany, announced that its family of Diesel engines is expanding with the CD-265 and CDR-285 engines. The CD-265 is intended for fixed-winged applications while the CDR-285 is designed for rotary wing applications.

As the other members of the CD-200 family, the CD-265 and CDR-285 are air cooled, boxer-style turbo charged engines producing 265 HP at 2,500 rpm and 285 hp at 2,700 rpm. Both derive from the CD-230 that was first certified by Continental Motors in December 2012.

“Our commitment to General Aviation is to provide engines that are suited to our client’s needs. In some regions of the world, our clients are requesting Jet Fuel engines because of Avgas availability and its high cost. We intend to fulfill this need by offering a complete line of diesel cycle engines, covering all the needs expressed by our clients.” said Rhett Ross, president, and CEO of Continental Motors Group. “This is true for fixed winged applications but also for rotary wing applications. Helicopter manufacturers are expressing more and more interest in JetA burning engines, and we worked hard to deliver the right solution to their requests. The CD-285 is a game changer as it offers an alternative to fuel hungry turbines, lowering total ownership costs and direct operating costs.”

Certification testing is already underway, and Continental Motors Group anticipates certification of both models in the first days of 2018.

The CD-265 and CDR-285 join a complete range of Diesel engines that are already certified today. With six different certified Diesel engines, Continental Motors is the undisputed industry leader and offers solutions for each category of airframe, for fixed wing or rotorcraft applications. Continental offers heavy fuel burning aircraft engines that are needed where AVGAS is expensive or scarce.


Flight schools across the world have transitioned to Diesel engines capitalizing on savings generated by maintenance costs reduction, favourable JetA pricing, and increased availability of the aircraft on the flight line. For the markets where AVGAS is still available at a reasonable cost, Continental Motors continues to offer gasoline engines, and invests in the experimental and certified engine market with our Titan product line.

The CD-230 to CDR-285 is a family of four-stroke 4-cylinder, air/oil-cooled, horizontally opposed, directdrive piston aircraft engines with turbocharger and direct injection.


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