Multi-grade vs. single-grade oils: the debate continues

Posted on February 16th, 2007 by

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. Continue Reading →

Should you use fuel that’s been stored for years? A lawyer would say no. What does our expert say?

Posted on February 2nd, 2007 by

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. Continue Reading →

Another alternative for long-term storage: Try aerosol corrosion inhibitors

Posted on January 19th, 2007 by

There is another alternative for long-term engine storage. Continue Reading →

How importnat is it to preheat an engine?

Posted on January 5th, 2007 by

How important is it to bring up oil temperature before takeoff? So asks Larry Lowenkron, who uses a multi-viscosity oil. Continue Reading →

Finally, a definite answer: Do not use fuel containing ethanol in two-cycle engines

Posted on December 15th, 2006 by

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.... Continue Reading →

How to ground a composite aircraft

Posted on December 1st, 2006 by

“”How do you ground a composite aircraft during fueling?”" asks Russell Green. Continue Reading →

What oil is best for winter?

Posted on November 17th, 2006 by

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... Continue Reading →

What if my plane is filled with the wrong fuel?

Posted on November 3rd, 2006 by

Ray Woodmansee from Porterville, Calif., has a problem. His Cessna 195 was accidentally fueled with a mixture of 100LL and ethanol-containing auto gas. He has drained all of the fuel out of the aircraft and was wondering what he could... Continue Reading →

A chill is in the air: What does that mean for owners?

Posted on October 6th, 2006 by

Each fall I get asked the same question: What should I do to my aircraft before I put it away for the winter? Continue Reading →

What is the shelf life of fuel?

Posted on September 22nd, 2006 by

One of the great things about living in a small town is the number of characters you meet. One of the characters in our area is a man who always has a foolproof way of beating the system. His latest... Continue Reading →