The Feeling Of Flying Radials

jdoumis_de593e5750718b60aa217b56b446f83d6c79d958-0For private pilots and aircraft owners, the motivation behind this pursuit can be personal, but it can also be practical. Along with a love of aeronautics, pilots are also in tune with engine performance, as this does impact the overall experience. For owners of small commercial fleets, a focus on safety and efficient performance can often be the deciding factor in terms of what type of aircraft and what type of engine will provide the strongest asset.

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MRO Services And Your PT6 Engine

Any pilot is aware that engine and aircraft maintenance is not only a safety protocol, but can also improve engine performance and reduce fuel consumption during flight. For this reason, Covington Aircraft recommends that owners and pilots adhere to a strict maintenance routine. Preventative maintenance can be as basic as an oil and filter change that can be done by owners and pilots, or larger tasks that should be performed by professional aircraft maintenance technicians.

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How A DDOF Differs From A Traditional MRO Facility

How A DDOF Differs From A Traditional MRO FacilityIn the aircraft industry having a trusted Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) facility can mean the difference between flying safely and being plagued with constant repair issues. As the popularity of hobby flying and the use of small commercial fleets is increasing, many MRO facilities are finding that excellence in the field distinguishes them from competitors. Although MRO facilities cover a number of services that pilots need, some facilities are not authorized by the manufacturer to provide complete accommodations. Continue reading

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Getting A Fresh Start On Your Radial Engine

Getting A Fresh Start On Your Radial EngineAt Covington Aircraft, installing radial engines is part of our regular routine.
However, we find that many pilots and aircraft enthusiasts enjoy working on their own airplane, as this knowledge of mechanics can provide better safety during flight. By understanding the operation and parts of the radial engine, it also becomes easier to identify possible problems quickly, and to troubleshoot concerns in-flight for a smoother journey. Continue reading

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Are The Skies Getting Too Crowded?

Are The Skies Getting Too Crowded?As aircraft enthusiasts and pilots are finding a greater demand for their commercial services, a number of changes have been witnessed in the airspace. This includes a greater volume of small aircraft that navigate the skies, along with larger commercial and military airplanes. However, these actions also require the registration of flight plans with the FAA, in order to maintain both safety and the proper operation of aircraft. Continue reading

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Installing Radial Engines – DIY Or DDOF

Installing Radial Engines – DIY Or DDOFMany small aircraft pilots take great pride in their planes, and are also knowledgeable about the mechanic side of things. While maintaining a radial engine may be one task, installing a new engine will often require professional help. This can provide benefit in terms of safety of installation, but it is also appropriate to have a second set of eyes to inspect the work. A trained mechanic can become the difference between a successful installation and more money that is spent on repairs and parts.

While an installation does mean that the engine itself will be fresh from the manufacturer with all new parts, many pilots do sometimes neglect to replace adjunct parts when having an engine fitted. It is important to note that replacing all accessories and parts, like carburetors and fuel pumps, is also a good practice for upkeep and for flight time. This can ensure that no one part of the array is compensating for a worn out o-ring or gasket as well. Continue reading

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Radial Engines As Aircraft Workhorses

Radial Engines As Aircraft WorkhorsesThe power of the radial engine cannot be denied, especially when it is viewed within the historical context of flight. These engines were some of the first to be fitted in fighter planes and commercial aircraft, and their ability to deliver horsepower is also backed by the size and weight of the design. Getting the most out of a radial engine for in flight performance and greater safety can come down to both operational and maintenance procedures. Continue reading

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Navigating Modern Airspace With Greater Safety

Navigating Modern Airspace With Greater SafetyThe increased popularity and use of unmanned aircrafts vehicles (UAV) is becoming a focal point for both commercial and private pilots. Regulations on drones have been fairly lax through the FAA, although this is changing as more issues arise with airspace use for manned and unmanned vehicles. These changes will impact recreational UAV flyers as well as pilots, and are intended to provide better safety, especially for agricultural pilots. Continue reading

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The Importance Of Change In Engine Design

The Importance Of Change In Engine DesignSince the introduction of the PT6 engine in the early 1960s, this turbine has become a standard for airplanes in many smaller commercial fleets and with private pilots. The original engine design marked a significant turning point in aviation, since it provided a lighter weight option to radials, and could still deliver the horsepower that was necessary for extended flights. While this was applicable to industry use, it also meant that smaller aircrafts could perform at a stronger capacity. Continue reading

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