Lycoming Engines has introduced an electronic ignition system (EIS) as a drop-in replacement for magnetos on experimental engines.
The company made the announcement during Airventure in Oshkosh last week, saying the company was working towards FAA certification for the system.
The Lycoming EIS uses a solid-state design that has no moving parts and is designed to go to Time Between Overhaul (TBO) with no scheduled maintenance requirements.
According to Lycoming, the EIS was developed in reponse to customer requests for an electronic ignition system option that would replace magnetos and make starting easier.
Lycoming's EIS is available immediately for all experimental Lycoming engines in a fixed timing configuration, in both single or dual installation. Single and dual Lycoming EIS installation will soon be available for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) via amended Type Certificate.
Installation approval for aftermarket customers will be via Approved Model List (AML) supplemental type certificate (STC).
Additionally, Textron Aviation is working with Lycoming on integrating Lycoming EIS into new Cessna aircraft and on aftermarket implementation for the existing Cessna fleet.