Sole Manufacturer of TC'd Carburetors Ceases Production
November 8, 2007 — Precision Airmotive, LLC, the nation's only manufacturer of Marvel Schebler float carburetors used in many type certificated aircraft engines manufactured by Lycoming, Continental, and Franklin, discontinued sales of those components on November 1, 2007 because it is unable to obtain product liability insurance.
"We're working to try and resolve this, to try and arrange it so that parts can come through the engine manufacturers or something along those lines," said Roger Hall, general manager of Precision Airmotive. "There's no resolution at this point, and that's what we're working for."
Precision has manufactured the FAA-approved carburetors since 1990. They were originally designed as early as the 1930s and continue to fly over a million flight hours a year, Precision notes in its press release.
"Nonetheless, Precision has seen its liability insurance premiums rise dramatically, to the point that the premium now exceeds the total sales dollars for this entire product line," said the release.
Precision contends that the product is safe, as does the FAA, but "litigation costs for defending the carburetor in court are unsustainable for a small business such as Precision."
The company is working with the engine manufacturers and others to try and minimize the impact on general aviation and to provide future support for the product. There is a substantial quantity of parts and carburetors in the pipeline, which should support the industry for a short time.