New Lycoming Multi-Fuel Engine Soars Past 10,000 Flight Hours Onboard the Aerosonde(R) SUAS

New Lycoming Multi-Fuel Engine Soars Past 10,000 Flight Hours Onboard the 
Aerosonde(R) SUAS 
Improved Reliability Powers Performance in Theater 
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD   -- (Marketwired) -- 04/07/14 --  Navy League
Sea-Air-Space Exposition -- AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, an
operating unit of Textron Systems, and Lycoming Engines, a division
of Avco Corporation, announced today that Lycoming's new EL-005
multi-fuel engine has surpassed 10,000 deployed flight hours with the
Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) in service of U.S.
Department of Defense customers in Afghanistan. 
"The Lycoming EL-005 has made Aerosonde the only SUAS in its class
with a power plant designed and manufactured by a recognized industry
leader in manned aircraft engines," said Colonel James Rector,
program manager for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical
Unmanned Air Systems Program Office. "This engine, along with
Lycoming's quality processes for new production and remanufacture,
have yielded significantly increased system reliability since the
EL-005's introduction in service for our Navy Intelligence,
Surveillance and Reconnaissance Services program." 
The Lycoming EL-005 is a single-cylinder, air-cooled,
direct-injected, spark-ignited multi-fuel engine. The five cubic inch
displacement engine features electronic controls and optimization to
run jet fuel. 
"In taking on the prime position for engine design and production on
the Aerosonde SUAS, Lycoming not only brought the product into our
established aviation engine production processes, we enhanced the
product in several areas," says Lycoming Senior Vice President and
General Manager Michael Kraft. "The Lycoming EL-005 has brought even
greater reliability and maturity to the Aerosonde SUAS. While this is
certainly the smallest engine Lycoming has ever produced, the EL-005
leverages Lycoming's proven manned aviation propulsion expertise." 
The Aerosonde SUAS continues to amass thousands of flight hours in
theater each month in support of Department of Defense customers'
long-endurance intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
missions. Since its initial deployment overseas, the Aerosonde SUAS
has amassed more than 60,000 flight hours in some of the world's
harshest environments. 
"The Lycoming EL-005 engine has enhanced our system with
benchmark-setting reliability levels in challenging flight
conditions, including extreme heat and cold," says AAI Unmanned
Aircraft Systems Vice President of Small/Medium Unmanned Aircraft
Systems David Phillips. "Its durability has doubled the amount of
time between engine overhauls, a distinct advantage considering the
high operational tempo we are maintaining for our customers. Combined
with our established multi-mission capability, encompassing
electro-optical, signals intelligence and communications relay within
a single aircraft, our Aerosonde system sets the standard for SUAS
About AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems 
AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems has designed, manufactured and fielded
combat-proven unmanned aircraft systems for more than 25 years. AAI's
multi-mission capable unmanned aircraft and interoperable command and
control technologies provide critical situational awareness and
actionable intelligence for users worldwide. Its Australia-based
strategic business, Aerosonde Pty Ltd, is a manufacturer of small
unmanned aircraft systems. AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems is an
operating unit of Textron Systems. More information is available at 
About Lycoming 
Lycoming Engines specializes in engineering, manufacture, service and
support of piston aircraft engines. Based 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 an operating division of Avco Corporation. More
information is available at 
About Textron Systems 
Textron Systems has been providing innovative solutions to the
defense, homeland security and aerospace communities for more than 50
years. Headquartered in Providence, R.I., the company is known for
its unmanned aircraft systems, advanced marine craft, armored
vehicles, intelligent battlefield and surveillance systems,
intelligence software solutions, precision smart weapons, piston
engines, simulation, test and training systems, and total life cycle
sustainment and operational services. Textron Systems includes AAI
Logistics & Technical Services, AAI Test & Training, AAI Unmanned
Aircraft Systems, Aerosonde, ESL Defence, Lycoming Engines, Medical
Numerics, Overwatch, Textron Defense Systems, Textron Marine & Land
Systems and TRU Simulation + Training. More information is available
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, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming,
E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information, visit 
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Contact information
Media Contacts: 
Betania Magalhaes
Textron Systems 
(978) 657-2020  
Katie Bell
Lycoming Engines
(570) 327-7001
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