James Missler of Bellevue, Ohio, is in the process of breaking in a Jabiru 2200 engine in his Kitfox. But he has a problem.
As oil refineries stopproducing avgas, what’sthe future hold for us?
In my last column, “”Multi-grade vs. single-grade oils: The debate continues”" (Feb. 16 issue), I recommend single-grade engine oil over multi-grade oils for use in large radial engines (over 1,800 cubic inches displacement). I am hoping that you all did not read that and conclude that if multi-grades are not as good in large radials, they probably won’t work in a 152 either. This is not the case.
n recent months I have had several conversations with the people at Precision Engines in Everett, Wash., about the use of multi-grade oils in large radial engines.
I received a note from Gerd Wengler who flies a Turbo Skylane with a Lycoming TIO-540 engine. He and his wife plan to fly up to the Arctic this summer and were concerned about the fuel supply.
There is another alternative for long-term engine storage.
How important is it to bring up oil temperature before takeoff? So asks Larry Lowenkron, who uses a multi-viscosity oil.
I recently received a note from a gentleman who read my column on how to dispose of fuel that was a mixture of 100LL and auto fuel containing ethanol (What if my plane is filled with the wrong fuel? Nov. 3 issue). His suggestion was to “”just use it in your leaf blower or any other two-cycle-powered yard equipment.”"
“”How do you ground a composite aircraft during fueling?”" asks Russell Green.
A few issues back, I wrote about what steps to take to winterize your aircraft (A chill is in the air: What does that mean for aircraft owners? Oct. 6 issue). Since that time several people have asked me the age-old question, “”what oil should I use in the winter to best protect my aircraft?”"