Lycoming Announces IO-390 Engine

July 28, 2008
FAA Certification Expected for the First Model in the Lycoming 390 Engine Series by November 2008

Oshkosh, WI - July 28, 2008 - At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, Lycoming announced the expected FAA certification of the IO-390-A1A6 by November 2008. Upon certification of this initial version, the IO-390 Series will become a permanent member of the Lycoming certified engine family.

Lycoming developed the certified IO-390 in response to airframe manufacturers and aircraft owners who have requested a higher horsepower, four-cylinder version of Lycoming's successful IO-360, 200hp engine models. For several years, the uncertified version of a 390 Lycoming engine, the IO-390-X, has been powering many homebuilt and kit aircraft in the experimental market.

The certified IO-390 Lycoming engine, at 316 lbs and a rated 210hp at 2700rpm, uses the same footprint and delivers more horsepower than the IO-360-A3B6. The four-cylinder, fuel-injected IO-390-A1A6 includes a robust rotating system, specifically developed cylinders, tuned induction system, Lycoming’s roller tappets, Slick Start ignition, and front facing fuel servo. Following this first model, Lycoming will continue to certify different versions of the IO-390 to fit customer requirements.

Dennis Racine, Lycoming's Director of Marketing and Program Management states, "The development of the soon to be certified IO-390 is a direct response to the voice of our customers and, like all Lycoming engines, is the product of people who build engines like they are going to fly them themselves."

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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

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