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Lycoming offers light sport engine

<BR cmid="Article:Two Deck"><SPAN class=twodeck cmid="Article:Two Deck">Company puts electronic engine on Lancair Evolution</SPAN>

Lycoming Engines is taking orders for its noncertified 233-LSA light sport aircraft engine. Additionally, Lancair is taking orders for its piston Evolution aircraft powered by Lycoming’s TEO-540-EXP Integrated Electronic Engine (iE2). It has a single lever for control.

The LSA engine can operate on mogas. “The 233-LSA series in an important new engine in Lycoming’s product line, meeting the needs of the growing LSA market,” said Michael Kraft, Lycoming senior vice president and general manager. “The engine is light and capable of running on unleaded automotive fuels as well as aviation gasoline, with the built-in 235 family reliability customers expect from Lycoming.”

The 233 series engine is currently flying in a Corvus Aircraft Phantom, which is on display at Lycoming’s EAA AirVenture display, Booth 277-282. Introduced at EAA AirVenture 2008, the engine has a dry weight of 213 pounds including the fuel pump and offers continuous power ratings up to 115 horsepower at 2,800 rpm. Certification for the engine is pending.

Lancair International is taking orders for its piston Evolution aircraft powered by Lycoming’s TEO-540-EXP Integrated Electronic Engine (iE2). The engine is a twin-turbocharged and intercooled 540-cubic-inch engine that produces in excess of 350 horsepower. “Its advanced electronics and sensors make it adaptable to nearly any flying condition. Furthermore, its adaptive control logic and multi-fuel map capability provide system-ready capability for a range of fuels, ensuring that owners have a path forward in today’s uncertain environment and protecting their investment,” the company said in a press release.

Lancair has flown the iE2 in the Evolution airframe for more than a year, assisting Lycoming in the development process. Lycoming expects to certify the engine in late 2010 or early 2011.

An Evolution powered by Lycoming’s iE2 is also on display at Lycoming’s AirVenture 2010 exhibit.

Alton Marsh
Alton K. Marsh
Freelance journalist
Alton K. Marsh is a former senior editor of AOPA Pilot and is now a freelance journalist specializing in aviation topics.

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