The engines of AERO Part II

Your blogger briefly mentioned the engines on display at AERO Friedrichshafen 2012 in a previous report on April 22. With Europe’s largest general aviation show now two weeks past, I thought it was time to provide a few more details. With the previous two shows having focused great attention on electric propulsion, AERO organizers wisely chose 2012 to showcase advances in piston and turbine engines, and there was a great deal to see indeed.

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The engines of AERO Friedrichshafen

Your blogger is attending the AERO Friedrichshafen show in sunny southern Germany. Among the hundreds of exhibits are many new aircraft engines, some with names like Continental and Lycoming most Americans would recognize, but others that are relatively unknown in the U.S. While a full report will have to wait until next week, one thing is very clear: Europeans have already accepted a lead-free aviation future.

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Will this replacement camshaft work in my engine?

Q: I have an O-290-D2 that I am going to use in an Experimental Wag Aero 2+2 that I am building. Although the engine was flying regularly before I removed it from a Pacer and pickled it, I want to open it up to look at the cam. If the cam is pitted, a replacement will be difficult or prohibitively expensive.

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Tempest introduces new kits for Bendix magnetos

Tempest has introduced 12 new magneto repair kits for Bendix magnetos — six repair kits and six deluxe repair kits. A repair kit is generally used for 500 hour inspections, where a deluxe repair kit is for major repairs and overhauls, company officials said.

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Ask Paul: What’s best? A flush or overhaul?

Q: I recently found paper towel bits and pieces in a Lycoming engine in an aerobatic airplane. The pilot said he saw the oil pressure go to “zero,” so he reduced power, and landed safely. Would you suggest a flush or overhaul? What’s the best way to go about this?

ED NELSON, via email

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Ask Paul: Why is my spark plug oil-fouled?

Q: I have been noticing an intermittent miss on the left mag during mag checks on the O-235L2C in my 1981 Cessna 152 (about 670 SMOH that included new Lycoming cylinders and pistons). About 30 hours ago when I cleaned, regapped, and rotated the plugs, I found that the lower plug on the #4 cylinder was filled with oil around the inner electrode and ceramic insulator. [Read more...]

How well do you know aircraft engines?

Do you know everything you need to know about your general aviation aircraft engine? Test yourself with this week’s Air Safety Institute safety quiz.

Smyrna Air Center expands Power 90 conversion program

Smyrna Air Center has expanded its United States installation center network for the Power 90 engine conversion program to Mather Aviation in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

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Continental offers baffle kit with engine upgrade

Continental Motors, Inc. will provide a free D’Shannon Aviation baffle kit with the purchase of a factory engine upgrade for all Baron and Bonanza owners. The offer expires Feb. 28.

Dr. Rotech engine analyzer debuts

Light Sport Group has introduced the Dr. Rotech engine electronics analyzer for Rotax 912 series engines. Dr. Rotech was designed to assist aircraft mechanics, pilots, and aircraft owners in troubleshooting the systems of the most popular line of Rotax engines.

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