Williamsport, PA – Oct. 22, 2009 – Lycoming Engines, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has retained its AS 9100 certification for another three years following a comprehensive multi-day recertification audit by NSF, the international registrar of aerospace standards.
Endorsed by U.S. aerospace regulators including the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Department of Defense and NASA, the standard contains all the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 along with 80 additional requirements deemed critical to Aerospace Quality, as part of AS 9100:2004.
“Because quality and reliability are vital, the aviation manufacturing industry demands robust quality management systems with a strong focus on continuous improvement,” says Jay Mankad, Lycoming’s director of quality. "Achieving AS 9100 recertification confirms our focus on delivering engines that meet the high standards our customers demand."
The AS 9100 standard was developed in 1999 when the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG), comprising major aerospace contractors from the Americas, Asia, and Europe, fostered initiatives for quality improvement and cost reductions in the global aerospace industry.
Lycoming first earned AS 9100 certification in 2007.
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 www.lycoming.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.
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.
This offer requires the return of a Lycoming factory new engine that has never been overhauled or rebuilt, otherwise known in the industry as a first-run core.
The STC covers replacing the original IO-360 Lycoming engine in the Mooney M20E, M20F and M20J with a new or remanufactured IO-390-A3A6 engine.
As Lycoming's senior vice president and general manager, Kraft will oversee all aspects of the business, reporting to Fred Strader, chief operating officer of Textron Systems.