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Pilotcast is the podcast for pilots, by pilots.  Join Pilot Tiffany, Pilot Kent, and Pilot Bill for interesting discussions and interviews, some news or industry coverage, and a whole lot of fun virtual hangar flying.

Dec 22, 2005

Special guest "A&P Tom" joins the holiday Hangar Flying with Pilot Dan, Pilot Kent, and Pilot Mike to talk about aircraft engines and winter operations and much more in very informative show for pilots and aircraft owners.

  • When do you need to pre-heat?
  • Is multi-weight oil less of a problem?
  • Which kind of preheat system is best?
  • What's the biggest mistake pilots make with their engines?
  • How long should you warm up the engine?
  • Why should we lean the mixture on the ground?
  • What about diesel engines?
  • Getting oil from coal. America has great resources.
  • When do you need to overhaul the engine?
  • Can you run the engine past TBO?
  • The problem with vibration. More than the passengers are bothered by vibration.
  • Those old radial engines heavily consume fuel and oil. That's why war birds cost so much to fly.
  • The best ways to preheat.
  • Heat the cabin, too.
  • How long to heat.
  • Clean the ice and snow from the wings. A tip on how to keep your wings clean.
  • Winterization plates and other ways to block the oil cooler.
  • Run the engine long enough to remove water from the oil
  • How to tell of there's still moisture in the oil.
  • How to check for a sign of engine corrosion.
  • Kent's recent problems getting his cold Cessna 182 to run smoothly.
  • A technique for cold starts using the primer.
  • Proper technique for priming the engine.
  • "Never take your hand off the throttle?" Oh yeah?

In the news:

  • The Southwest 737 runway overrun at Midway.
    • How the autobrakes (antiskid) works
    • Landlocked airports
    • A bit more doubletalk from the City of Chicago
  • The crash of the Grumman Mallard in Miami.
    • NTSB reports the wing spar had cracks.
    • The PT6 turbine conversion.
    • Tom: Cracks don't necessarily mean an aircraft is not airworthy.
  • A Beech accident in Connecticut. A 78 year old pilot survives an emergency landing in trees.
  • An update on the flight status of one Mr. Claus.
  • Coming on the Pilotcast: What Dan learned about the tax status of airplane clubs.
  • An update from Kent on his club's search for a new plane.

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