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Our Cylinders and Features

Continental Aerospace Technologies™ manufactures cylinders for the most popular piston engines in general aviation. Whether you are flying behind a Continental®, a Titan™ Experimental or a Lycoming®* engine, we have the right cylinder for you. Whether your plane is experimental or certified, we have the right solution for you, at the right price, and without compromise regarding quality, reliability or performance.

Continental® innovates year after year, investing heavily in research and development, manufacturing equipment, and quality control. We are proud of our history that goes back to 1905 and of our future.

Since 1905, Continental® has been manufacturing cylinders for its engines. Building technical and engineering expertise year over year, Continental® now offers cylinder kits for three main engine brands in general aviation: Continental®, Continental Titan™ experimental engines, and Lycoming®* engines.

Cylinder Barrels

Cylinder Barrels start out as high-grade aircraft quality, through-hardened 4140 forged steel. Then the cylinder bores, for our higher horsepower Continental® engines (300-500 series), go through a thru-hardening process which gives the cylinder barrels excellent resistance to wear and greater durability at higher temperatures.

Feature:

  • Plateau honed finish created by a two-step hone process resulting in less friction, more contact area, and enhanced hone pattern.

Cylinder Heads: Computers Meet Experience

While we have been manufacturing cylinders for over 114 years, we use the latest computer-controlled equipment throughout our manufacturing process. We use the latest CNC and milling machines, extensively use computers for quality control processes and record keeping, and last but not least, have created custom computer-controlled equipment to increase the precision of critical operations like barrel to head assembly.

Pistons

Pistons are designed to be extremely wear resistant and use the best alloys to ensure longevity and heat resistance and dissipation.

Features

  • Advanced anti-friction graphite coated piston skirts enhance break-in during initial startup and reduces wear.
  • Cast in place steel ring carrier maintains integrity of top compression ring seal.

Continental Prime™ Cylinders for Lycoming®* Engines

The Continental Prime™ cylinders for Lycoming®* engines are approved by the FAA for use in certified engines and airframes. Continental Prime™ parts are manufactured in the same OEM manufacturing plants where our Continental® parts are born. Continental Prime™ parts benefit from the same exceptional raw materials, manufacturing processes and quality control procedures.

Angle Valve Cylinders: An Alternative to Lycoming®* Cylinders

Prime™ Angle Valve Cylinders for Lycoming®* engines offer an impressive list of benefits:

  • Increased critical aluminum wall thickness.
  • Plateau bore surface finish.
  • Optimized interference fit between steel barrel and aluminum head.
  • Molybdenum-faced top compression ring.
  • Tru-Bore Valve Guides.
  • High-chrome alloy exhaust valve guides.
  • Calibrated intake port (for balanced air flow).
  • Casting surface texture for heat dissipation.
  • Shell mold casting.

Looking for Angle Valve Cylinders for your Lycoming®* engine? Now you can order Continental Prime™ Angle Valve cylinders for your 360540, or 720 series Lycoming®* engine. They are designed for reliability, endurance and performance and will fit your engine perfectly. The FAA has approved the Continental Prime™ cylinders and the National Aviation Authorities across the world accept them for use in their country. Our Angle Valve cylinders benefit from the industry leading warranty offered on all Continental® products and are priced extremely aggressively.

If you are looking for peace of mind, reliability, performance, and the right price, look no further, the Continental Prime™ Angle Valve Cylinders were designed for you!

Continental Prime™ Parallel Valve Cylinders Features

  • Increased critical aluminum wall thickness.
  • Plateau bore surface finish.
  • Optimized interference fit between steel barrel and aluminum head.
  • Molybdenum-faced top compression ring.
  • Tru-Bore Valve Guides.
  • High-chrome alloy exhaust valve guides.
  • Calibrated intake port (for balanced air flow).
  • Casting surface texture for heat dissipation.
  • Shell mold casting.
* Lycoming® is a registered trademark of Textron Innovations Inc. Any reference to Lycoming® or associated trademarks, word marks, and products is only for purposes of identifying engines with which Continental® parts are compatible, or for which Continental® offers maintenance services. Continental® parts compatible with Lycoming® engines are aftermarket parts and are not original equipment parts. Continental® is not connected to, affiliated with, or sponsored by, or endorsed by Textron Innovations Inc. or Lycoming® Engines, a Division of Avco Corporation, or any of their affiliate companies.