Lycoming Authorized Service Centers Exclusively Offer Newest STC for Mooney Aircraft

Williamsport, PA – November 16, 2009 – Lycoming Engines, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today named Lycoming Authorized Service Centers the sole installers for its newest Echelon supplemental type certificate (STC), which covers the Mooney M20E, M20F and M20J. Mooney owners will be able to able to choose from among nearly 50 Authorized Service Centers to upgrade their engines to the more powerful, more efficient IO-390-A3A6.

“We have systematically identified some of the best-trained and best-operated service centers all over the world,” says Michael Everhart, Lycoming director of Distribution Management & Customer Service. “We are absolutely confident that their skill and capabilities will provide Mooney owners the kind of customer service and support Lycoming owners have come to expect.”

Lycoming began authorizing service centers in July, in part to provide a higher level of aftermarket support to legacy engines and aircraft. To apply for Authorized Service Center (ASC) designation, facilities must meet specified equipment and facility requirements, maintain required staff training levels, meet or exceed required levels of quality and professionalism, and be capable of handling fly-in customers.

“These centers meet or exceed our standards, forming the backbone of a quality customer support network of dependable, honest, competent and professional service providers,” Everhart says.

The STC includes a new or rebuilt IO-390-A3A6, Slick Start System and required documentation. In addition, Hartzell has certified both two-blade and three-blade propellers for the STC. For information on the closest Lycoming Authorized Service Center, call 800-258-3279 and ask for Michele Demarest, Authorized Service Center Administrator, or send an e-mail to

About Lycoming

Lycoming Engines specializes in the 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

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