Stoots Aviation Pursuing STC for Lycoming IO-390

Williamsport, PA – May 11, 2009 – Stoots Aviation of Fairbanks, Alaska, a supplemental type certification (STC) original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for Lycoming Engines, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is in the process of gaining its second Lycoming-related STC.

The latest Stoots STC covers the installation of Lycoming’s 210hp IO-390 on the Cessna C-175. The firm already owns an STC for the installation of the Lycoming 200hp IO-360 on the Cessna C-175. The IO-390 earned type certification from the Federal Aviation Administration in April 2009.

“The IO-390 is a fantastic upgrade option for those who want more power and efficiency, are nearing an overhaul, or are considering a remanufactured engine,” said Dennis Racine, Lycoming director of marketing and program management. “That’s why we are pursuing our own STCs for it with Cessna C-177 Cardinals and airframes from other manufacturers as well.”

Stoots Aviation owner Dave Stoots has installed an IO-390 on his own C-175, which he recently flew to Anchorage and had on display during the 2009 Alaska State Aviation Trade Show & Conference, May 2-3.

“After doing the work on the IO-360 STC, the IO-390 was the next logical step,” says Stoots, an A&P mechanic with a private pilot’s license and a float rating. “The 390 is more powerful and more efficient on fuel burn.”

The C-175 is the primary multi-STC for both installations. When the IO-390 installation is approved by the FAA, Stoots intends to transfer the IO-390 STC to the C-172.

Established in 1979, Stoots Aviation specializes in high-performance Lycoming Engine conversions, propeller upgrades, and tail wheel conversions on Cessna Models 170, 172 and 175. The owner has more than 3,500 hours flying year-round on wheels, floats and skis.

For more information contact Stoots at 907-474-4039 or via email, stoots@gci.net.

About Lycoming

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 www.lycoming.com.

About Textron

Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) 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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