CMI president and CEO Rhett Ross told Flying that Continental has enhanced the powerplant in a number of ways, including improving the cooling, the ease of starting, the oil circulation and ignition—the new models will feature hybrid Fadec/mechanical ignition. The initial model will be the TD300, which will range in power from 230 to 250 horsepower and feature direct drive—there will be no gear reduction required. The first certification is slated to be in pre-G1000 Cessna 182s. Flight testing of the new engine is already well along the way with the FAA, and production of the TD300 is slated to begin early in 2013. Production schedules for subsequent models will run through 2017.