March 2007 Issue

Top Five Engine Myths

The science of piston aircraft engine operation has been overhauled in recent years, putting to rest many myths. How many of these five do you still believe?

It seems that since Leonardo de Vinci first placed his mental concept of a flying machine on paper we aviators have had a hard time separating fact from fiction. Aviation, not unlike most other human endeavors, has its share of commonly stated "truths" the scientific data doesnít support. Letís call them aviation myths. Why then, do they continue? One reality is that we are all busy in our daily lives and digging through reams of material to verify what someone else says is just too time consuming not to mention boring.

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