Lycoming Engines Announces the Launch of Kit Engine Program

July 25, 2005

Williamsport, PA - July 25, 2005 - Lycoming Engines announced today the availability of kit engines. Non-certified, experimental kit built aircraft represent the largest growing population in the general aviation marketplace. Lycoming strives to offer a full line of kit engines to meet the demands of kit builders through distributors known for their quality workmanship. These distributors include: Aerosport Power Ltd., Barrett Precision Engines Inc., G&N Aircraft Inc., Teledyne Mattituck Services and Triad Aviation.

Lycoming proposes to provide a full line of engines from 160hp to 300hp in kit form to these shops for sale to amateur aircraft builders. Lycoming will provide all the necessary basic components for these engines.

A variety of engine models will be offered including the 320, 360, 390, and 540 configurations. Also included in the kit are the crankcase, crankshaft, connecting rods, and Lycoming cylinder assemblies (including pistons, rings and valves). Various combinations of accessories will be available to complete each customer's engines.

"We have assembled a large and impressive lineup of non-certified kit engines. We are delivering the powerplant solution with all Lycoming parts that many home built aircraft builders have been asking for, with many models incorporating Lycoming's new Roller Tappet Technology, " stated Dennis Racine, director of sales/marketing and customer leadership at Lycoming Engines. "Customers know that an engine based on Lycoming designs has more value and performance than the competition."

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 44,000 employees in 40 countries. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, industrial, and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO and Greenlee, among others. More information is available at

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