December 2016 Issue

Aircraft Engine Cylinder Failures

Your engineís cylinders can be a weak link in managing risk. But if we learn to operate the engine better, many failures can be prevented.

Most of us fly aircraft powered by piston engines, a basic technology dating back to the late 19th century. Meanwhile, the modern air-cooled aircraft piston engineís basic configurations hasnít changed since before WWII. Given the power output for their weight and fuel consumption, thereís no better solution. But hundreds of metal parts going through thousands of heat cycles year after year eventually find a way to break.

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