Avionics Report

July 2000 Issue

Lycoming’s EPiC

Electronic engine controls continue marching smartly forward. But this time, the term FADEC doesn’t quite apply.

[IMGCAP(1)] The world of light aircraft engines is defined by The Big Two: Lycoming and Continental. Although the powerplants produced by these two companies are outwardly similar, the engineering cultures couldn’t be more different.

Continental has always had a flare for engineering creativity and experimentation, both in entirely new products and “improvements” to engines already in production. (The quotes are intentional; TCM’s taste for innovation hasn’t always had happy outcomes for customers.)

Lycoming, on the other hand, at least for the decade of the 1990s, has followed a developmental path as staid as the gray paint used on its new engines. Even as the company geared up for Ce...

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