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Volume 9, Number 7 August 2, 2008     

Teledyne Continental announces O-200 engine, improvement initiatives
By George Wilhelmsen

Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) made several noteworthy announcements at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. First and foremost, Rhett Ross, who was recently named president of TCM, was on hand to announce that the company has completed the certification of their new O-200 engine for the light-sport market, with FAA certification expected in the near future.

The O-200 engine offers 100 continuous horsepower, with a dry weight of 158 pounds, and a fully installed weight including accessories of 209 pounds. The engine is currently slated to power Cessna’s 162 SkyCatcher, with TCM planning to certify the engine for both avgas and mogas.

Customer Support Improvements Announced

"The mission of the entire company is customer service," explained Ross, who stated that TCM was focusing on re-emphasizing the importance of customer service. Karen MacNaughton has been named as TCM’s new Customer Service Director, with several personnel added to the staff to support this effort. Part of customer support is being able to provide the customer with the status of their orders, and the new group will be able to answer questions on deliveries, products in inventory, and to assist with problems encountered with the TCM line of engines.

Further Improvements

TCM has added Johnny Doo as their engineering vice president. Doo, who has an extensive resume in aviation, will lead the charge to expand the TCM FADEC product line.

The company has also worked to improve their product flow through the factory by adding on additional shifts to meet customer demand, and hiring production leaders from the automotive industry to assist in streamlining the production process.

Ross noted that the world is changing, and that TCM recognizes that alternative fuels are the future of their engine line. "We are working and testing new fuels and the issues involved, so that if avgas were to go away tomorrow, our fleet could keep flying." As part of that effort, TCM is taking an aggressive stand on alternative fuels, and is pursuing actions for the testing of unleaded fuels and mogas for their engines, with engines currently in the company’s test cells running these new fuels. The company is also launching an initiative to investigate the use of heavy fuels in general aviation engines.

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