Category Archives: Engine

Both Continental and Lycoming Engine discussions

Intercoolers on a piston PA46

One of the really cool aspects of my work is the ability to work alongside the super-neat people that own/operate a PA46.  Those that own PA46’s tend to be interesting and successful people with a special business niche in the … Continue reading

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Fuel exhaustion engine failure in a Continental PA46

As most know, I love the Continental-Powered Malibu, but today I had my first true engine failure in a Malibu (the other was in a Lycoming-powered Mirage about a decade ago).  Bottom line (to ease the drama of the unknown)…all … Continue reading

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Avoiding a Hot Start…

Let there be no doubt about it…the greatest danger that faces your PT6 engine (and consequently, your wallet size) is the potential of a hot start.  So, knowing exactly how to start your PT6 is critical.  Here’s the noteworthy points … Continue reading

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Turbine-stupid

When PA-46 piston drivers asks me about the operational costs of a turbine PA-46, I tell them the cost associated with a turbine on a comparative-trip-basis are very similar to operating a piston.  But, I always include one caveat…turbines are … Continue reading

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Breathing…it’s the difference in engine performance

The PT6 engine that’s found on the Jetprop and Meridian is designated a -21, -34,-35, or a -42A.  The Continental engine on a Malibu is either a TSIO 520 or a 550.  What’s the difference? Why should I care?  Most … Continue reading

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