Lycoming Engines appoints new Thunderbolt Manager

April 03, 2008
Jeff Schans is the new Thunderbolt Manager

Williamsport, PA - April 3, 2008 - Lycoming Engines announced the addition of Jeff Schans as the new Thunderbolt Manager.

Jeff joined Lycoming in February 2006 as a Field Service Engineer in the Customer Service and Product Support Department. He provided technical support and guidance to Lycoming's global customer base.

Jeff is a seasoned aviation professional with over 15 years' experience. He began his career in the United States Marines as a C-130 Power Plant Mechanic. Prior to joining Lycoming, Jeff was key in the expansion of a regional maintenance operation, including the launch of a new facility. Jeff brings with him a reputation for the highest levels of customer service and support. In addition, he has a degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology and is a FAA Certified Air Frame & Power Plant Mechanic and has his Inspection Authorization. Jeff is also a Commercial Pilot with Multi-Engine rating.

As the Thunderbolt manager, Jeff will partner with customers to design, construct, and deliver high-performance, built-to-order engine solutions. His commitment to customer satisfaction assures quality attention to every detail from start to finish. Jeff's vision for Thunderbolt is to elevate the customers' experience to a new level of performance and support.

Jeff will be based in Williamsport, PA, at the Lycoming Engines Headquarters. Jeff can be contacted at 1-866-MY-TBOLT or through the website at

“Jeff came to Lycoming with an extensive history in the aviation market. His background as a commercial pilot, in addition to his military service as an Aviation Mechanic, gives him a strong foundation to build on with our customers. His dedication and experience will be a tremendous asset to our Thunderbolt customers” stated Todd Stoner, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Jeff has been an integral part of our Field Service team and we are extremely excited to have him lead the Thunderbolt Initiatives as our Thunderbolt Manager.”

Launched in April 2006, Lycoming Thunderbolt Engines provide product offerings that include engines ranging from the rugged O-235 to the legendary IO-720. Customers may choose from a variety of available fuel systems, ignition systems, and performance enhancements including component balancing, cylinder flow matching, increased compression, tuned induction, and turbo charging. Finishing options include chrome and custom colors. More information is available at

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. 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, 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, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at

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