November 2018 Issue

Piston Engine Health Monitoring And Analysis

Your engine’s longevity and performance isn’t a given. A regular program of collecting and analyzing various engine data over time will help spot trends.

Looking back, the results were predictable, but the pilots and operators of earlier aircraft rarely had a choice. Advances in technology today allow precise engine monitoring and data evaluation so as to accurately predict and prevent upcoming partial or complete engine failures. In fact, monitoring has improved to the point that it’s rare for a modern and properly maintained—and operated—piston aircraft engine to fail without some kind of warning. The operator’s job is to conduct appropriate monitoring and analysis, and then to act when the data indicate a problem. Establishing an engine monitoring program and the minimal investment in equipment and training can be a significant factor in improving safety and reducing the overall cost of operation.

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