Spalling Lifters On The Big Bore Continental Engines

I Need A Lift – The History And Problems Of The Spalling Lifters On The Big Bore Continental Engines.

If you fly a “big bore” Continental engines you have a problems waiting inside. These engines are notorious for lifter failure. This is a problem due to “spalling.” So, what is spalling and what causes it on metal lifters. Spalling is defined as: “Metal spalling is a process of metallic surface failure in which the

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IFR and VFR Rules: What is the Problem in Being “Called on the Carpet” by the FAA if You Deviate

I recent wrote an article on how to prevent exposure to the “government” especially when we fly. One of the major problems is when we are thrown into governmental control and we are operating under a tighter set of rules.  An example of this is when you are flying under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) rather than

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Aircraft Brake Failure

Brake Failure: Are You Prepared?

So, “there I was” …taxiing out to depart KHSP Sunday morning from the annual Twin Cessna Convention headed home to Hickory, NC (KHKY) when it happened.  Nice weather prevailed for a short, 45-minute flight from what can only be characterized as a terrific four days at the convention in Hot Springs, VA.  Before engine start,

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Know your aircraft systems

Know Your Aircraft Systems

In our “ongoing” subject of AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS I want to reflect on an accident case I have involving a Cessna 421B. The plane was attempting to land at a paved airstrip that belonged to the owner of the aircraft. The strip was located in a cornfield. On the final to the base leg the aircraft

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