Can I use an SAE 60 oil?

Posted on August 24th, 2007 by

Dan Mooney, who has several round engine aircraft and a Skybolt with a Lycoming IO360A1B engine, has a question: Can he use oil from a drum of Phillips 25W-60 that he has for his round engines in his Skybolt? He... Continue Reading →

The positives of unleaded gas

Posted on July 6th, 2007 by

In my last column, Unleaded avgas: You’d have to be insane to try to develop it (June 22 issue), I discussed the downside to the proposed lead phase out for aircraft piston engine fuels. But, like most things in life,... Continue Reading →

Unleaded avgas: You’d have to be insane to try to develop it

Posted on June 22nd, 2007 by

I received numerous comments about my recent article on the bonehead editorial in another magazine that called for the removal of brain-dumbing lead from avgas (Misguided public opinion could end avgas, April 20 issue). One of the notes was from... Continue Reading →

Alcohol-free fuel: how to find it, how to test it

Posted on June 8th, 2007 by

Jerry Quint of California, part owner of an aircraft with a Jabiru engine, wonders how to go about finding auto fuel that does not contain alcohol. He also wonders how to be sure that the fuel is alcohol free. Continue Reading →

Could an additive cause engine problems?

Posted on May 18th, 2007 by

I recently received an e-mail from a gentleman who has an O-235 Lycoming and was experiencing a slight miss under some load conditions. He went on to describe all of the work he had done on the engine and yet... Continue Reading →

What have you been smoking? What’s the best smoke oil for aerobatics?

Posted on May 4th, 2007 by

I recently received an email from Gordon Bowers concerning smoke oil for aerobatic aircraft. He was wondering what kind of oil to use and where to get it. Continue Reading →

Misguided public opinion could end avgas

Posted on April 20th, 2007 by

In my column in the March 23 issue, “”And then there were 10: As oil refineries stop producing avgas, what’s the future hold for us?”", I expressed my opinion of the future of aviation gasoline, noting “”there is concern that... Continue Reading →

Can I mix oils in my Jabiru engine? And what about fuel?

Posted on April 9th, 2007 by

James Missler of Bellevue, Ohio, is in the process of breaking in a Jabiru 2200 engine in his Kitfox. But he has a problem. Continue Reading →

And then there were 10…As oil refineries stop producing avgas, what’s the future hold for us?

Posted on March 23rd, 2007 by

As oil refineries stopproducing avgas, what’sthe future hold for us? Continue Reading →

Are multi-grade oils bad?

Posted on March 9th, 2007 by

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... Continue Reading →