Confusion surrounds Motor octane rating

Posted on April 16th, 2014 by

Earlier this year I gave several state IA renewal seminars. I always enjoy these because I get to greet many old friends and find out what is going on in the industry. I also get a lot of excellent information from... Continue Reading →

Dealing with the gray areas

Posted on March 25th, 2014 by

A few weeks ago, I got an email from a gentleman who was overhauling an antique propeller. He needed to know what lubricant to use in the prop. The company that manufactured the prop was no longer in business, so... Continue Reading →


What we can learn from funny looking birds

Posted on March 13th, 2014 by

Over the holidays, we took our family on a cruise to the Galapagos Islands. It was one of the greatest trips that I have had. On one of the islands, we were waiting to be ferried back to the ship,... Continue Reading →

Liability vs. profits

Posted on January 28th, 2014 by

A recent story by Michael Mooney, who is an aviation fuels supplier, states that the reason that no major oil company is supplying mogas to end users is because of liability. When it was posted, several people commented that the... Continue Reading →

Preparing your plane for winter

Posted on January 2nd, 2014 by

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I headed south to look at a classic car. As I was driving, I noticed a lot of pickups pulling campers heading south. Since several of the campers had stickers from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots... Continue Reading →

Our expert’s take on the future of fuel

Posted on November 17th, 2013 by

Every fall I help local farmers haul grain to the elevator. This year we had a very good harvest and the lines at the elevator were long. To pass the time, I brought along magazines from this summer to read... Continue Reading →

Back to the basics

Posted on September 24th, 2013 by

A few months back I wrote a column about the need for more technology in aviation engines. I received several emails saying that the industry may need more technology in the engine compartment, but that we need more skill in... Continue Reading →

What you don’t know about zinc can hurt you

Posted on August 28th, 2013 by

I have received a number of questions regarding the level of zinc dialkyl dithiophosphate (ZDDP) in modern automotive engine oils. It appears that people are experiencing a significant number of camshaft and lifter failures on newly overhauled engines with flat tappets.... Continue Reading →

The pain of budget cuts

Posted on July 15th, 2013 by

Years ago I lived in southern Illinois where high school basketball was THE sport. When we moved to Texas in the mid-1970s, it was quite a culture shock. No one knew of or ever went to a high school basketball... Continue Reading →

The answer to GA’s woes: Technology

Posted on June 18th, 2013 by

There is a story going around about a toothpaste company that was having quality problems. It seems that every once in a while an empty tube would go through the system and get to the stores. This was causing several... Continue Reading →