Lycoming Engines Introduces the iE2 Integrated Electronic Engine Platform

July 28, 2008
Technologically Advanced Engine Sets New Standard for Piston Engine Controls

Oshkosh, WI - July 28, 2008 - Lycoming Engines, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today at the 2008 EEA AirVenture the launch of the iE2 Series Engine. Michael Kraft, vice president of Engineering at Lycoming, stated “The iE2 is an Integrated Electronic Engine, a technologically advanced piston aviation engine that will set a new standard for piston engine controls.” At the heart of this new engine platform is an advanced electronic engine control system designed to optimize the engine’s safety, simplicity and cost of operation

Features such as integrated engine electrical power generation, advanced sensor technology, and electronic knock detection have been included in an effort to advance flight safety above and beyond robust mechanically controlled engines. Single lever engine control, improved engine starting and automated preflight safety checks make operating the iE2 as simple as starting and operating most automobiles.

The iE2 engine’s breakthrough ability to adaptively control the engine on an individual cylinder basis allows performance to be optimized under any operating condition. Exceptional fuel efficiency levels can thus be achieved during climb and cruise. In addition, the iE2 can be configured to run reliably and even self-adapt to a wider range of gasoline, which can include potential Lycoming approved premium automotive fuel blends.

The first iE2 engine model planned for FAA certification will be the 350HP high performance, twin-turbocharged and intercooled, 540 cubic inch displacement TEO-540-A1A in 2009. Prior to certification, an experimental version of this iE2 model will be available as a power plant option for advanced experimental aircraft.

The iE2 Engine 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

Forward-looking Information: Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements and speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the statements, including but not limited to the following: [a] changes in worldwide economic and political conditions that impact demand for our products, interest rates and foreign exchange rates; [b] the interruption of production at our facilities or at our suppliers’ facilities; [c] the timing of new product launches and certifications of new aircraft products; [d] the occurrence of slowdowns or downturns in customer markets in which our products are sold or supplied; [e] changes in aircraft delivery schedules or cancellation of orders; [f] the launching of significant new products or programs which could result in unanticipated expenses; [g] changes in national or international government policies on the export and import of commercial products; and [h] bankruptcy or other financial problems at major suppliers that could cause disruptions in our supply chain.

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