Lycoming Announces Echelon STC Program

July 28, 2008
First Lycoming Echelon STC Increases Horsepower, Performance and Speed of Cessna Cardinal 177RG Powerplant

Oshkosh, WI - July 28, 2008 - At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, Lycoming Engines, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced its Echelon STC (Supplemental Type Certificate) program, offering upgrades to customers exclusively through Cessna’s Authorized Service Centers. Lycoming’s Echelon STCs are expected to be certified in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Showcasing the first Lycoming Echelon STC is a classic 1975 Cardinal 177RG, on display at EAA AirVenture and powered by a new, soon-to-be certified Lycoming IO-390-A1A6 engine. The popular Cessna 177 Cardinal celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The Cardinal 177RG, the final design in the 177 family, was originally equipped with a Lycoming IO-360-A engine.

Dennis Racine, Lycoming's director of Marketing and Program Management states, "Lycoming is responding to our customers who have inquired about powerplant upgrades for their airplane. The Lycoming Echelon STCs provide premium powerplant and firewall forward solutions for legacy aircraft.”

Lycoming presently offers an uncertified IO-390-X Series engine for the experimental marketplace, and many Cardinal RG owners requested a certified powerplant upgrade STC for their airplanes. In early 2007, at the Cardinal Fly-In in Winter Haven, FL, Lycoming announced the project to develop a certified IO-390 powerplant upgrade STC for the Cardinal RG.

Lycoming teamed with McCauley Propeller and Cessna Aircraft to bring the initial Echelon STC to market. The package will include a new or factory rebuilt Lycoming IO-390-A1A6 engine, new McCauley governor, Slick Start ignition, and recommendations for overhauling the two-blade propeller used on most flying Cardinal RGs. Installation of the Echelon STC upgrade for the Cardinal RG is straightforward without major modification since the existing IO-360-A and the new IO-390-A1A6 have the same footprint and major systems.

The Cardinal RG with the Echelon STC upgrade, will be displayed at the Lycoming exhibit, Booth 177-182, at EAA AirVenture. For additional information visit

About Lycoming Engines
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

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) is a $13.2 billion multi-industry company operating in 34 countries with approximately 44,000 employees. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, defense and intelligence, 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 Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Fluid & Power, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at

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