I am organizing a fly-in/tour of my new employer at Lycoming Engines 652 Oliver St, Williamsport, PA 17701. I have locked in the date for the tour with Lycoming Marketing as May 15th, 2020. The current plan is an arrival on Thursday May 14th in the afternoon/evening and then a 9am plant tour of the engine shop and manufacturing facility May 15th. Those choosing to fly into KIPT will have ramp space at the Lycoming hangar available for the weekend for as many airplanes as we cant fit at no charge (bring tiedowns and chocks). Overflow can check in with Energy Aviation. I would also encourage an evening out on the town Friday night followed by maybe a fly-out to breakfast Saturday morning.
I have also arranged for a tour stop in the Lycoming Thunderbolt build area, known to us as the ATC, to see the custom engine shop not typically seen during tours. This portion of the tour will only be permitted to US Citizens.
This is going to have to be a group effort for sure depending on the size of the group. It is important to note that Williamsport is a small Pennsylvania town. I will get with the Lyco Marketing team and talk to them about an associated hotel in the downtown for a group rate but I cannot make any promises regarding lodging or ground transportation. That information will hopefully come in later posts. Ground transportation will have to be a coordinated effort as well being that Lycoming can't help us there. Once we have a rough number, going into the spring, I can coordinate with a hotel.
Doug will be making a post in the VAF calendar so that the date is posted and it is possible that we may even have some Mother Ship representation.
I kindly ask you to RSVP to my work email using the subject "VAF Lycoming Tour RSVP" Please RSVP ONLY if you will be joining us for the tour and also let me know if you will be flying in. (please keep the messages on topic and brief keeping in mind that this is in fact my work email) If you are a "Maybe" or "interested" please save me the email traffic and only RSVP once you can definitely make the commitment.
Senior Design Engineer Small Engines
Lycoming Engines, Textron Systems