The operating or business end of the aircraft. Here you will find the engine(s), carburetor or fuel injection and all other subsystems needed to enable the engine to generate power and drive the propeller. The pilot must have some basic knowledge of these items to assess the airworthiness of the aircraft during preflight and be able to recognize problems during flight.
We are going to discuss things as performance, turbo's, ignition systems, lubricating oil, propellers and a lot more.
Piston Engine Details
Basic engine principles regarding two- and four stroke engine including the ideal gas law. How to lean engines correctly to reduce consumption and keeping it from detonating and running cool during flight.
Some high school physics, not difficult but it helps understanding what and why an engine does what it does. Monitoring these engine parameters during flight is one of the jobs of the pilot.
Turbo's & Exhaust Systems
Engines lose power when climbing to higher altitudes and to solve that problem aviation has developed super- and turbochargers compressing the air before it enters the cylinders so that engines can increase power output.
Oil is the blood of the engine, it lubricates the internal parts and keeps the engine cool by removing heat from the pistons. It deserves proper attention by the pilot to keep the engine in good health and running reliably.
Engine Ignition Models
To light the fire in the cylinders we have different methods. We all are familiar with the well known but really out dated magnetos and modern microprocessor controlled systems we find in engines today.
Fuel System Parts
The fire in the cylinders need a continuous stream of food, this is where the fuel system gets to play its part. Tanks in high and low wing aircraft have different requirements and we show some solutions to keep the fuel flowing.
Every now and then we see an almost totally different approach in the way power is generated in engines, this section is where we gather these novel designs.