Lycoming Engines Receives EASA Certification for Latest Engine Model

June 22, 2006

Lycoming IO-580-B1A is the largest displacement 6-cylinder EASA certified engine.

Williamsport, PA – June 22, 2006 – Lycoming Engines announced today it has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification for the Lycoming IO-580-B1A engine.

With the growing popularity of the FAA certified IO-580 in the marketplace, Lycoming is now able to provide a powerplant solution for the European certified customer base. With the reliable direct drive (no gear box reduction necessary), the purpose-built IO-580-B1A has an excellent power to weight ratio. The engine is rated at 315hp at 2700rpm, and has a 2000-hour TBO. The Lycoming IO-580-B1A engine is now the largest displacement six-cylinder engine certified with EASA.

"Many high performance OEM aircraft manufacturers have expressed interest in the Lycoming 580 engine model series. We are pleased to now be able to offer both FAA and EASA certification of this model to these customers. With Lycoming's established worldwide product support and distribution networks, EASA certification of the IO-580-B1A will further enhance our global leadership position, " stated Steve Logue, Director of OEM Sales.

Lycoming adds this most recent certification to a long list of EASA certifications for Lycoming engines. EASA certification establishes that the engine "complies with the applicable Type Certification Basis and environmental protection requirements when operated within the conditions and limitation specified on the associated Type Certificate Data Sheet No. (IM). E.027."

Lycoming Engines specializes in Engineering, Manufacture, Service and Support of piston aircraft engines. Headquartered in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Lycoming piston engines power more than half of the world's general aviation fleet – both rotary-wing and fixed-wing. Lycoming Engines is a division of Avco Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc. More information is available at


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