KITPLANES® Contributor Dave Prizio and EAA Announce New Aircraft Engine Installation Book

Powering Your Plane by Dave Prizio

"Powering Your Plane" by Dave Prizio is a new book that will help readers correctly install a Lycoming-type engine. It covers each step of the engine installation process, including selecting an engine for your project, firewall construction, plumbing, electrical, preparing for your first engine start, and more. By focusing just on Lycoming and similar engines, such as those by Superior and Continental ECi, the author is able to go into great detail about the types of engine installations that most builders use.

Prizio's book has numerous illustrations and photos to help builders maneuver through the challenges and intricacies of engine installation. EAA member Dick Koehler, a Tony Bingelis Award winner for his contributions to the homebuilding community, assisted with the technical editing. Continue reading "KITPLANES® Contributor Dave Prizio and EAA Announce New Aircraft Engine Installation Book"

Continental ECi Shows Off Counterweighted 370 Engine Series

Cutaway of ECi's 370 engine with counterweighted crankshaft.
Cutaway of ECi's 370 engine with counterweighted crankshaft.

Continental ECi engines has responded to the call to produce a stroked 360 engine with a counterweighted crankshaft. Their new 370 series engines are available with this option. This should prevent the vibration problems that were common in the higher-compression versions of their popular 370 series engines that resulted in a number of propeller problems. The engine, based on a stroked version of their parallel valve 360 cubic inch engine, has been popular with those builders who were looking for some extra power but didn’t want the extra weight of the 200 horsepower angle valve engine. No longer should those builders have to sacrifice a wide choice of propellers to get some extra power out of their engine. Continue reading "Continental ECi Shows Off Counterweighted 370 Engine Series"

ECi Announces New Engine Assembly Program

engineA new program from Engine Components International will offer complete engine assembly and run-in testing. Customers can get a complete engine, built and run-in, ready for installation in their airframe. They have many options to choose from, beginning with the base engine model, displacement, crankshaft and crankcase configurations, cylinder bore finish, piston compression ratio and accessories. The standard TITAN paint scheme is the signature gloss black with silver cylinders fins, but if the customer wants another paint color, “...ECi is open to discuss that too. It’s all about what the customer wants. It’s his/her engine, so we want them to be involved and proud of their engine,” said Tim Morland, general manager for ECi.

“We knew we would have in-house capabilities to build engines for immediate installation in airframes at one point; this point in time just seems to be the perfect time to initiate the program. ECi is growing in new market segments; we’re distributing many globally recognized product lines including OEM and other PMA product lines. Building engines just seems to fit right in with our new holistic mission,” Morland said.

For more information, visit, or call 800/324-2359.

Engine Components International Mourns Passing of CEO Gary H. Garvens

Engine Components International (ECi), along with its parent company, Danbury AeroSpace, announced the passing of owner and CEO Gary H. Garvens on May 31, 2012.

Garvens began working at the company, which was founded by his father, in 1960. Under his leadership, the company experienced domestic and international growth in the general aviation industry. Garvens was also a leader of the general aviation industry as a past president of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) and a board member of Modification and Replacement Parts Association (MARPA).

The Garvens family is committed to the continued growth and success of Engine Components International under the leadership of President Ty Stoller.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Garvens’ memory can be made to:

MD Anderson Cancer Center, Melanoma & Skin Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX  77030

Hope Hospice, 611 North Walnut Avenue, New Braunfels, TX  78130

EAA/The Spirit of Aviation, Experimental Aircraft Association, Inc., P.O. Box 3816, Oshkosh, WI  54903-3816

ECI Has 70+ New Parts for O-540 Engines

Engine builders looking for cost-effective components for newly constructed engines or overhauls have some additional options thanks to Engine Components, Inc. The San Antonio, Texas-based company has introduced a new idler gear assembly for the O-540 series engines, further expanding its catalog of items for the six-cylinder engines.

This new gear, which carries an FAA-PMA (parts manufacturer approval) stamp, joins the wide range of components for the 540 series. It is among the more than 70 new part numbers, and one of more than 360 components the company makes for this engine family.

For more information, visit ECI's website.