Category Archives: Aircraft Exhaust

Pilot Instructor Tests Microsoft Flight Simulator

Pilot instructor Stephen Maltz tested one of Microsoft’s recent video games, a flight simulator that claims to be the next best thing to real flying.   Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020: What Is It? It is currently the most popular flight simulator game on the market today thanks to its highly detailed aircraft, realistic world, day and night flying, and different types of aircraft, ranging from monoplanes to wide-body jets.  Users can also choose different weather conditions and perspectives (for example: behind the control panel or the entire plane).    The Flight Instructor’s Verdict  The flight instructor said that while ...

How Faulty Aircraft Mufflers Can Pose a Serious Danger

Unlike vehicle aircraft mufflers that are mainly used to reduce the noise from a combustion engine, aircraft mufflers play a more crucial role: They don't just reduce the noise but also keep the exhaust gases away from the engine and fuselage and supply cabin heat and carburetor.  The aircraft muffler's role is so significant that if they fail, it can lead to serious consequences that include carbon monoxide poisoning, serious injuries, fire, and total loss of the plane.  Wear and tear in the metal and leaks in the muffler can also lead to partial or complete engine power loss.  The ...

Common Aircraft Exhaust Problems and How to Fix Them

Unlike car exhaust systems, whose only purpose is to reduce noise and take gases away from the engine, aircraft exhaust has more complicated functions such as supplying cabin and carburetor heat.  Because the aircraft exhaust systems (stacks and muffler) are exposed to extreme conditions and temperatures, they require regular exhaust maintenance. The goal is to detect minute cracks and leaks, which can cause further damage and even risk of carbon monoxide poisoning to the occupants if left unchecked.  A word of caution: Owners can perform some of the basic “visual inspections” but should not in any way conduct their own ...

Plane and Simple: Basic Aircraft Maintenance

Okay, so you finally have your light aircraft. Maybe you worked hard to get here and be a proud owner of one, but know that the hard work may have just begun. To keep flying, you need to keep maintaining it. This article is an excellent place to start.  Two things can destroy your aircraft- misuse and neglect. As an owner, it is your sole responsibility to check and preserve your aircraft’s airworthiness. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) defines airworthiness as “when an aircraft or one of its component parts meets its type design and is in a condition ...

Top Aviation Magazines

Part of having a hobby is building knowledge about the craft. Whether it is cooking, music, sports, it is natural for hobbyists to seek new information. For some, it comes easier due to a wide range of learning materials available. For others, it can be quite challenging.   For aircraft enthusiasts, learning about flying and planes has never been this easy. A lot of magazines specifically dedicated to the craft have come about. We have come up with a list of the top ten best aviation magazines you should check out!  Flypast Magazine  The Flypast is an internationally regarded magazine that ...

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