Category Archives: Radial

Tinker Celebrates 75 Years: Vultee BT-13 aircraft profile

The Vultee Aircraft Corp. BT-13 “Valiant” was a single-engine, tandem-seat trainer produced for the U.S. Army Air Corps, U.S. Navy and foreign allies prior to and during World War II. The aircraft was selected and produced as a primary and follow-on intermediary trainer due to its ruggedness, forgiving flight characteristics and stability. Most of the pilots produced in the early years of World War II conducted initial training, or Basic Training, hence the BT name, on the BT-13.

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The 100 hour Radial Engine Annual Inspection Series – Compression Check

This is the fourth topic in the series about the 100 hour / annual inspection. This series focuses on maintenance performed during an effective 100 hr. inspection on R1340 and R985 engines:

  1. Oil Change with filter/screen & sump checks.
  2. Valve adjustment – Positive or compression.
  3. Ignition timing check – Spark plug servicing.
  4. Compression check – differential. 
  5. Air filter and carb – heat system check.
  6. Fuel System Screens.
  7. Cylinder Head Checks.

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Radial Engine Preservation: 5 Simple Tips to Follow for Radial Engine Storage Pre-Service

“How long did you say the engine sat idle?”  What should be done to an engine to return it to service after it has sat idle for years? Answering that question requires the answer to several other questions: Was the engine preserved before it was put into storage? Was it stored in a climate controlled facility? No? Out in the weather? Were the exhaust stack(s) and carburetor air inlets plugged? Was the engine periodically run-up to operating temperature? Did it have preservative oil ran in the engine before entering storage?

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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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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 Getting A Fresh Start On Your Radial Engine

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Just How Does A Radial Engine Work?

Just How Does A Radial Engine Work?In the aviation field, there are lots of different engines that drive our aircraft upwards and forwards. From the huge turboprops on jets to smaller turbine engines and beyond, there are many different types of engines out there. One of the most popular has been and remains the radial engine, and understanding more about it is important. Continue reading Just How Does A Radial Engine Work?

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Advantages Of Radial Engines

Advantages Of Radial Engines These days, most large airplanes have started using turboprops and jet propulsion systems. But the reality is that for those who own smaller airplanes or fleets, a radial engine may be a much better option. Understanding why, can help you understand why that radial engine – though an old model – could still be the best call for your plane. Continue reading Advantages Of Radial Engines

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