Stump the expert

Posted on October 5th, 2007 by

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There are no simple answers to complex problems: And no magic pill for unleaded avgas

Posted on September 21st, 2007 by

In my last column I berated the author of a letter to the editor about a simple solution to the unleaded fuel crisis (The definition of insanity, Sept. 7 issue). Continue Reading →

The definition of insanity: Finding a solution for 100LL requires looking at the facts

Posted on September 7th, 2007 by

In the Aug. 10 issue of GANews there was a letter to the editor in response to my article on unleaded avgas and the insanity of developing a marketable product (Unleaded avgas: You’d have to be insane to try to... Continue Reading →

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 →