Category Archives: Engine

Both Continental and Lycoming Engine discussions

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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Too hot turbo charger…

During M-Class KSEE  (July 2014), we found a turbo charger on a Mirage that showed signs of being too hot.  On the same day, another Mirage made an emergency landing at KSEE with a complete turbo charger failure, including a nearly-complete … Continue reading

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Jetprop: FOD or something else?

I recently had the pleasure of helping a customer buy a Jetprop. We found a fabulous mid-90’s model with a -34 engine and they’ve been thrilled with the performance and reliability. The customer wanted to have a few other pilots … Continue reading

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Exhaust leaks…

On a really clear, perfect day for flying without a cloud in the sky, I had a flight from Cherokee County (KJSO) up to Auburn, IN (KGWB), which is about a 4 hour flight in the Malibu. I’ve flown this … Continue reading

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Oil changes and oil analysis…

Concerning oil changes…I have mine changed every 30 hours whether it is a Continental or a Lycoming engine.  As a wise old pilot once told me, “You don’t want to go too much more than that without having someone look … Continue reading

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