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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Correction: Exxon Mobil to remain 100LL manufacturer

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.”

TCM flies turbocharged SR22 to Oshkosh on unleaded avgas

OSHKOSH — Teledyne Continental Motors, Inc. (TCM) flew its factory turbocharged SR22 to Oshkosh fueled on UL94 unleaded aviation fuel.

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Blackhawk offers financing for engine upgrades

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.

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STC awarded for King Air engine program

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.

Lycoming STC for Cardinal RG

Two months after the certification of the IO-390-A1A6 engine, Lycoming Engines has earned a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installing the engine in a Cessna 177 Cardinal RG.

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ATP to provide GE engine publications

Aircraft Technical Publishers (ATP) has reached an exclusive agreement with GE to distribute all digital engine technical publications for the CF700 and CJ610 engines.

The GE engine publications and ADs are available separately or can be purchased with other ATP libraries, such as with Lear, Sabreliner, and Falcon.

For more information: 800-227-4610 or ATP.com.

Rolls-Royce expands on-wing care services

Rolls-Royce recently opened its new North American headquarters for On-Wing Care.

The latest facility to open in the global Rolls-Royce network of aero repair and overhaul service centers is located at the Indianapolis International Airport. The state-of-the-art $1 million facility is the sixth Rolls-Royce facility to be opened in Indianapolis.

The 14,000-square-foot hangar and 11,000-square-foot shop provides line maintenance and hospital level support for all Rolls-Royce corporate engines. The center is capable of servicing more than 100 engines a year.

For more information: Rolls-Royce.com

US Aviation to install Pratt & Whitney Turbine Tracker System

Pratt & Whitney Engine Services has issued a dealer and installation agreement to US Aviation allowing it to install P&W’s Turbine Tracker System. The system operates like the black box on an airliner, monitoring all engine activity. It can be expanded to keep track of any airframe setting changes.

usaviationpt6The hardware and software program provides aircraft owners/operators with aircraft performance data used to reduce maintenance and operating costs.

To accommodate the anticipated increase in maintenance activity, US Aviation Maintenance, which is at Denton Municipal Airport (KDTO) in Texas, is adding personnel and opening the doors seven days a week: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to midnight, and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information: 940-383-2484 or USAviationGroup.net.

Cessna inks deal with StandardAero

StandardAero has entered into an agreement with Cessna to support the global Citation Service Center network. The agreement involves support of the Pratt and Whitney Canada PW615F for the Cessna Mustang and the Rolls-Royce AE3007C/C1 on the Citation X.

StandardAero provides full overhaul and repair for the PW615F engine at its facility in Maryville, Tenn. The company recently completed construction of a 10,000-square-foot facility, which includes a new state-of-the-art test cell.

For more information: Cessna.com, StandardAero.com.