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Checking the Dipstick

We’ve been doing it since our earliest days as student pilots. Now that we’re aircraft owners, we still do it as part of our standard preflight ritual. But are we doing it right? It turns out that there’s a lot more to checking the engine’s oil dipstick properly than just making sure that the oil ...
Aircraft ownership and maintenance

Temperature, Temperature, Temperature

I’ve had wonderful luck with piston aircraft engines throughout my nearly 50 years as an aircraft owner. All the engines on my airplanes have made TBO with minimal maintenance along the way, and in recent years they’ve gone far, far beyond TBO. For decades, I was convinced that the secret of my success was the fact that ...
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