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TCM recently acquired proven Jet-? or diesel fuel reciprocating engine technology through a strategic purchase. Johnny Doo says, "This was a clear-cut technology purchase and transfer." As to the source of the technology, TCM only stated it came from an unnamed European company.
Recip Technology A Visit to Teledyne Continental Motors Lightweight engines, FADEC, diesel engine technology, and alternative fuel research were a few items discussed. I n May a group of aviation journalists were operational, and customer support practices, invited to spend the day at the Teledyne into the business of producing and supporting Continental Motors (TCM) headquarters their aircraft engines. TCM reported there are in Mobile, AL. The TCM leadership team some 80,000 active aircraft flying today with explained the TCM organization and present- 100,000 to 120,000 TCM engines. ed information on some of the latest research Mike Gifford, director of factory servic- and development taking place at TCM. A es, reported the TCM Customer Call Center By Ronald Donner short factory tour was given where we were and Technical Support receives approxi- able to see first hand mately 10,000 inquiries per machining of engine week by both telephone and parts and assembly of the internet/email. Gifford several engine types. TCM feels that one of the biggest explained that about one- Rhett Ross, president challenges facing the general third of the inquiries come of TCM, welcomed the from aircraft/engine owners group and provided aviation industry is the potential and two-thirds come from a high-level overview distributors. He went on to of the current TCM change to unleaded (UL) Av-gas. say, “Our goal is to answer organization. Ross inquiries within 24 hours.” explained that in recent Ken Suda, senior vice years several of the senior leadership positions president of Operations, stated that TCM has at TCM have been filled with people from a strong commitment to North American the automobile industry — himself included. including the Alabama locations. “We plan to TCM feels this has brought new production, keep work in Alabama,” says Suda. He went on to say that current production levels, which include new and remanufactured engines,
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