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Old 01-20-2022, 08:16 PM
Nashpdman Nashpdman is offline
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Default Titan IO-540

So I called Continental Aerospace Technologies to check on lead times for their Titan IO-540 only to find out they were no longer offering the 540... Am I the only one that didn't know this?
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Old 01-21-2022, 09:54 AM
rongawer rongawer is offline
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Location: Brentwood, CA
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James responded to me, ironically almost exactly a year ago, on this saying it's "suspended".

If you search on it, there was some discussion a while back on it. It is a little confusing that their website makes it appear it's still for sale.

On Jan 25, 2021, at 09:32, James K. Ball <> wrote:

Dear Mr. Gawer,

Continental Aerospace has suspended the manufacture of the 540 parallel valve Titan experimental engines. This decision was based upon the need to concentrate resources on our 4 cylinder engine models with 340 and 370 cubic inch displacements. Sorry we cannot address your requirement.

Thank you for the inquiry.

James Ball (J.B.)
Continental Experimental Engines
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Old 01-24-2022, 06:33 AM
whodja whodja is offline
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Location: Apex, NC
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Default Too bad Lycoming doesn’t have much competition

I originally put a deposit on a new Titan IO-540 before Continental bought them. I ultimately picked the Lycoming through Vans. I was concerned that Continental would stop producing them and leave the support to the owner and decreasing the value of a Titan engine.
Unfortunately Lycomings’ arrogance is alive and well. Pay $50k+ and you have to beg for a free hat 😂. Great engine though 😁. Should have bought the thunderbolt!
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