Lycoming Engines Announces Partnership with Delphi for Roller Tappet Production

September 16, 2004

Implementation of Proprietary Valve Train Technology Begins

Reno, NV - September 16, 2004 - Lycoming Engines is pleased to announce a partnership with Delphi Corp. for the implementation of proprietary roller tappet technology across its line of certified aircraft engines. Lycoming has been in the process of proving out these designs since last year's Reno Air Races and is nearing completion of its FAA certification process.

Lycoming selected Delphi as its key partner to assist in the implementation of its roller tappet program. "Delphi provides one of the industry's most comprehensive lines of valve train systems to support virtually any engine platform. Over the years, Delphi has accumulated considerable experience in valve train systems," stated Ian Walsh, Vice President and General Manager, Lycoming Engines.

"Delphi's technology expertise in valve train systems, its testing capabilities and manufacturing excellence make it a logical supplier choice for Lycoming, commented Jim Cahill, Lycoming Director of Procurement."

Lycoming's integration of roller tappets is the first planned improvement in a phased program of design enhancements to bring proven racing technology with additional patented Lycoming innovations that provide greater value to the customer with enhanced reliability and performance added Walsh.

"Delphi is excited to be teamed with Lycoming, who is the leader in general aviation piston engines, as they launch this program," Guy Hachey, Vice President and President, Delphi Energy & Chassis Systems. "Delphi led the automotive industry in incorporating the first roller hydraulic valve lifter into production vehicles. Now we can be part of the first effort to provide a new system for general aviation aircraft."

Delphi is a world leader in mobile electronics and transportation components and systems technology. Delphi has approximately 186,500 employees and operates 170 wholly owned manufacturing sites, 42 joint ventures, 53 customer centers and sales offices and 34 technical centers in 41 countries.

Lycoming is an operating division of Textron's Avco Corporation subsidiary, specializing in manufacture and support of piston aircraft engines. Lycoming piston engines power more than half of the world's general aviation fleet -both rotary-wing and fixed-wing.

Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) is a $10 billion multi-industry company with more than 43,000 employees in 40 countries. The company leverages its global network of businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services in industries such as aircraft, fastening systems, industrial products, industrial components and finance. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO and Greenlee, among others. More information is available at

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