Cessna Offers More Powerful Lycoming Engine for 177 Cardinal

July 27, 2009
Oshkosh, WI - July 27, 2009 - Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual week-long conference - AirVenture 2009 - it is the exclusive source for the recently certified, upgraded IO-390-A1A6 Lycoming engine installation kit for the Cessna 177RG Cardinal, available through its Cessna Parts Distribution group and its network of authorized service facilities.

“This is really a ground-breaking project for Cessna, Lycoming and McCauley Propellers as we worked together to develop the supplemental type certificate (STC) allowing us to offer this upgrade to hundreds of Cessna 177RG Cardinal owners,” said Peter Wilkinson, vice president, Cessna Parts Distribution. “It is the first time we’ve supported an STC for an engine upgrade, but due to the great response we’re getting, it won’t be the last.”

Cessna, Lycoming and McCauley are all members of the Textron Inc. family of companies. The Lycoming 390, certified earlier this year, occupies the same space in the airframe as the original Lycoming 360 engine, but improves speed and aircraft performance.

The certified IO-390 engine weighs close to 315 pounds and is rated at 210 hp at 2,700 rpm, compared with a 180 hp rating for the original 360. The four-cylinder, fuel-injected 390 includes a robust rotating system, unique cylinders, tuned induction system and front-facing fuel servo.

The STC kit includes the engine, Slick Start ignition system, McCauley governor and all required hardware. The STC is approved with the original McCauley two-blade propeller that was standard on the production version of the 177 Cardinal - replacement is optional. The STC applies to Cardinal 177RG aircraft produced between 1973 and 1978.

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About Cessna Aircraft Company
Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world's largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2008, Cessna delivered 1,301 aircraft, including 467 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $5.662 billion. Since the company was originally established in 1927, some 192,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered around the world, including more than 5,700 Citations, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at www.cessna.com.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, 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, and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.

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