The FAA has issued an emergency airworthiness directive affecting certain Rotax 912 series engines. According to a report at EAA.org, the AD requires that the pressure side fuel hose be replaced on fuel pumps with the certain serial numbers. An AD from the European Aviation Safety Agency indicates that the pressure side fuel hose on these pumps may not be manufactured to full fuel-resistant standards, which could result in the degradation of the interior of the hose and the resulting debris fouling the fuel system.
OSHKOSH — With funding from its Chinese owner, Continental Motors is embarking on development of a line of diesel engines ranging from 160 hp to 350 hp.
Continental President Rhett Ross reported at AirVenture said that the company plans to certify its first diesel engine this year, and have it on the production line by the first quarter of 2013.
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
In a blog posted on Monday, December 19, fuels expert Ben Visser incorrectly stated that Exxon Mobil had stopped manufacturing 100LL for the general aviation marketplace. In fact, Exxon Mobil continues to manufacture 100LL for distribution under brand names other than its own. Exxon Mobil will cease selling 100LL under Avitat-branded FBOs. Says Ben Visser, “Sorry if I misled anyone.”
OSHKOSH — Teledyne Continental Motors, Inc. (TCM) flew its factory turbocharged SR22 to Oshkosh fueled on UL94 unleaded aviation fuel.
Blackhawk Modifications, Inc. has unveiled an Engine Financing Program that offers up to 100% financing to qualified U.S. buyers. The Financing Program may include the cost of the engines, shipping and installation of factory-new Pratt & Whitney PT6A engines.
StandardAero has received aSupplemental Type Certification to remove Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PT6A-41 or -42 series engines on the Beechcraft King Air 200/200C/B200/B200C and replace them with PT6A-52 engines and four-bladed Hartzell propellers. This is the same engine and propeller combination that is Type Certified on new Beechcraft King Air B200GT aircraft.
“PT6A-41 and -42 engines have been in service for more than 35 years, many of which are approaching their third and fourth overhaul,” said StandardAero General Manager Turboprop Business Unit Manny Atwal. “Low Cycle Fatigue replacement, Service Bulletin requirements and customer build specifications are driving up the overhaul and maintenance costs. With the StandardAero engine-upgrade program, customers can get a new PT6A-52 engine for a slightly higher cost than overhauling their aging PT6A-41 or -42 engines, while increasing performance and aircraft value.”
For more information: StandardAero.com.