Lycoming Thunderbolt Sales Soar to New Heights

June 11, 2009
2009 Sales Already Surpass 2008

Williamsport, PA – June 11, 2009 – While general aviation sales have been slow in 2009, a growing number of pilots seem to be OK with cranking up the power and pouring on the speed with a Thunderbolt engine from Lycoming Engines, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

In the first four months of 2009, sales of Thunderbolt engines, Lycoming’s line of custom experimental powerplants, climbed beyond sales for all of 2008 – the best sales year for Thunderbolt engines in Lycoming’s history. From January through April 2009, Thunderbolt sales increased 16 percent over sales of Thunderbolt engines for the entire year of 2008.

“Thunderbolt engines provide custom solutions that meet the demands of aerobatic and experimental pilots, and customers who want something more from their engines – whether it’s horsepower or capability,” says Jeff Schans, Lycoming’s manager of Thunderbolt sales.

Champion Aerobatic pilot Matt Chapman of West Chester, Pa., says he is glad to have switched to Thunderbolt engines.

“I have had 100 percent reliability, not a single show missed,” Chapman says. “Every engine has arrived on schedule, and exactly as spec’ed out. Bolt it on and go. The attention to detail during the order process with my Thunderbolt rep paid off. The engine came exactly as needed for quick and easy installation.”

“On the pallet and on the plane, the Thunderbolt engine has been nothing short of breathtaking,” Chapman added. “The engine is always there when I call for its 360 plus horse power to pull my show plane through the next maneuver. It’s one less thing for me to worry about… in a world that is full of things to worry about.”

Thunderbolt engines exemplify the innovative spirit of Lycoming's Advanced Technology Center (ATC) as well as its goal to provide multiple engine configuration options, based on the specific needs of individual aircraft builders. Product offerings include engines ranging from the rugged O-235 to the legendary IO-720. Customers can 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.

The ATC, created in 2005 as a "center of excellence" for innovation, is part of Lycoming’s vision to be the premier aviation engine company, recognized for products, innovation and service that exceed the expectations of our customers.

The ATC is located in Lycoming’s Williamsport facility where cutting-edge technology, R&D and advancements in engine designs, parts and materials are the focus of Lycoming engineers and the experienced Lycoming workforce. It is also where Lycoming has developed the iE2 integrated electronic engine and the IO-233-LSA light sport engine.

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 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

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