Michael Kraft is senior vice president and general manager of Lycoming Engines, as well as a member of the Textron Systems Executive Leadership Team. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic direction of Lycoming inclusive of development of its aviation product portfolio and its manufacturing core competencies.
Prior to his current role, Kraft served as vice president of research, development and engineering at Lycoming. His experience in leading new product development programs provides Kraft with unique insight that can be leveraged in his current role to support Lycoming’s product line growth from all perspectives.
Earlier in Kraft’s career, he held various positions in engineering and general management at Andritz, GE Power Systems and GE Aircraft Engines. He has also served as a member of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unleaded Avgas Transition Advanced Rulemaking Committee.
Kraft earned a master’s and bachelor’s degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also is a Textron Six Sigma certified Black Belt, specializing in Design for Six Sigma.
Kraft is a leader in the general aviation industry, as he currently serves on the board of directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Michael regularly presents and publishes on topics of critical importance to the industry, including piston aviation fuels infrastructure, alternative fuels and engines.