Lycoming Donates IO-360 Engine to AOPA's Commander Countdown Sweepstakes

April 12, 2005

Lakeland, FL - April 12, 2005 - Lycoming Engines confirmed today the donation of an IO-360 engine to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) 2005 Commander Countdown Sweepstakes. Lycoming, a leader in general aviation piston engines, donated the engine to AOPA in February of this year.

"Lycoming is delighted to donate an IO-360 engine to this year's sweepstakes", stated Dennis Racine, Lycoming director of marketing and customer leadership. Racine added, "AOPA and Lycoming have a long history of supporting the general aviation community, and this year's sweepstakes underscores that commitment."

The AOPA has restored and donated a different light aircraft each year since 1993. This year, AOPA chose a Commander 112 that will be powered by Lycoming's IO-360 engine and will also feature a glass cockpit and a new three-blade propeller. The aircraft will be displayed at the 31st Annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-In April 12-18 in Lakeland, Florida.

Entries for the sweepstakes began January 1, and will end on December 31, 2005. Lycoming has donated several engines to AOPA in the past for use in its sweepstakes.

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. is a $10 billion multi-industry company with more than 44,000 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, Jacobsen, Cessna Aircraft, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO and Greenlee, among others. More information is available at

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is a non-profit organization representing more than 400,000 members around the world. It is the largest aviation association in the world and became incorporated May 15, 1939. For more information about AOPA, visit

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