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LUCAS AEROSPACE DEMONSTRATES NEW TECHNOLOGY FADEC ON ROLLS-ROYCE TAY ENGINE

 LUCAS AEROSPACE DEMONSTRATES NEW TECHNOLOGY FADEC
 ON ROLLS-ROYCE TAY ENGINE
 RESTON, Va., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Lucas Aerospace announces that it has developed and successfully demonstrated a new Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) on the Tay 650 engine.
 This new FADEC design has significant design and cost improvements when compared with traditional designs and creates the opportunity for the application of affordable FADEC technology on small gas turbine engines where hydromechanical controls have previously been used.
 The benefits of FADEC technology include reduction in weight, more accurate control, built-in maintenance and interface with avionic systems in glass cockpits - all achieved at a significantly reduced cost.
 This new FADEC utilizes substantial elements of automotive electronic engine controls developed by Lucas Automotive and now adapted for use in an aerospace environment.
 In developing the new FADEC design concept, Lucas has worked very closely with Rolls-Royce to demonstrate, through extensive tests, significant performance improvements over the current hydromechanical fuel control system. The total development time from initial design to validation on a full scale engine test was less than six months.
 While developed initially for use by small engine manufacturers, the new FADEC system is also applicable to medium size engines and could be considered for larger engines.
 Lucas Aerospace is a leading supplier of aerospace systems and equipment with annual sales of $1.3 billion and operating facilities across Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, as well as associated companies, joint ventures, marketing and customer support facilities around the world. The company is part of Lucas Industries plc, an international organization serving the aerospace, automotive and other selected markets, with sales of $4 billion.
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 /CONTACT: Renate Myles of Lucas Aerospace, 703-264-2387/ CO: Lucas Aerospace ST: Virginia IN: ARO SU:


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