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The story behind Aeroshell’s iconic cow poster

Posted on July 22nd, 2014 by

As many of you read this, you may be on your way to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, slated for July 28-Aug. 3. I hope to be there this year and may see some of you. I always enjoy Oshkosh, but... Continue Reading →

Grease is the word

Posted on July 1st, 2014 by

Whenever I give talks I usually put in a few slides about grease. In discussions on this topic, questions mainly fall into three areas. The first is why is it so critical to use only the grease that is approved... Continue Reading →

Is there a benefit to using fuel additives?

Posted on June 24th, 2014 by

I have recently received several inquiries concerning the use of aviation fuel and lubricant additives. To start a discussion on additives, I’ve looked into any and all approved additives. In the ASTM D-910 spec for 100/130 low-lead avgas, there are... Continue Reading →

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 →