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"

Lycoming iE2 Engine Powers Lancair Piston Evolution


Lycoming Engines, an operating division of Avco Corporation, announced the first customer delivery of its Integrated Electronic Engine (iE2) on a Lancair Evolution. The new customer-built, piston-powered Evolution was showcased at Sun 'n Fun and is now on display at the Lancair booth, MD-008A. Lancair also has a Lycoming iE2 engine on display at the show.

Lycoming's iE2 engine is the company's flagship technology. The engine was designed from the ground up to be electronically controlled. The Lancair iE2 configuration is designated the YTEO-540-B1A, delivering 350 hp from a twin-turbocharged and intercooled six-cylinder arrangement. An electronically controlled propeller governor tuned to maximize engine and aircraft performance is part of the package. Continue reading "Lycoming iE2 Engine Powers Lancair Piston Evolution"

We Have an Engine!

Lycoming on stand
Ready to be mounted on an airplane or test stand – but destined to simply be torn down by the next class.

The Lycoming Disassembly & Assembly course wrapped up this morning as we studied and installed the oil pump, accessory case, and magnetos - along with a bunch of other small but essential external parts that are needed to make the engine run. Putting on parts such as intake and oil drain tubes, ignition harnesses, oil filters and the like is referred to as "dressing the engine," and when you’re done, it is ready to hang on an airplane - or at least a test stand. Continue reading "We Have an Engine!"

Rubber Band Trick

Rubber band trick - engine assembly


I have watched and helped with the assembly of Lycoming engines before - but each time I've seen it done, there are little variations on the theme. For instance, many assemble the case around the crankshaft mounted vertically on an engine stand, while at the Lycoming Service School, they teach their students to close the case on the workbench - and the technique is interesting. Instead of having to get a couple of assistants to make sure that the bearings stay in position, gravity helps with that task – but it also makes the camshaft fall out! Enter the rubber band trick. Continue reading "Rubber Band Trick"

Piles of Parts

The class managed to turn four good Lycomings into four tables worth of parts of parts in just four short hours!
The class managed to turn four good Lycomings into four tables worth of parts of parts in just four short hours!

Lycoming's three-day Engine Disassembly and Reassembly course kicked off this morning, and once again, here we are - this time the goal being to turn a fully assembled Lycoming IO-360 into a pile of component pieces before the mid-afternoon break. With eight students working in pairs on four engines, the classroom was a busy place, with instructor Jim Doebler moving from table to table, giving out tips and advice on how to most easily take things apart without doing any damage. Continue reading "Piles of Parts"

Everyone’s Welcome!

Lycoming school class

Who attends the Lycoming Service School? You'd be surprised at the variety! Personally, I have flown behind these (and other) engines for most of my life, and had always been interested in getting the factory training. Our class had a couple of A&Ps, a couple of homebuilders who are using Lycomings, and an FAA inspector from a distant FSDO (who is also a homebuilder). There was an FBO owner with multiple airplanes to maintain, an instructor at an aviation school from California, and a Peruvian Air Force mechanic responsible for maintenance on a number of aircraft powered by Lycs. Oh – and we don’t want to forget the Aeroshell engineer, there to learn more about the engines for which they provide a lot of oil. Continue reading "Everyone’s Welcome!"