Plane & Pilot
Saturday, May 1, 2004

An Advanced Course In Engine Management


When you have to pay for fuel, repairs and overhauls, you’ll want to treat your powerplant to the values of science, not hearsay


Today, bookstores have shelves of self-help and how-to books targeted at people just like me. You know, books like Brain Surgery For Dummies, Taxes For Dummies or The Idiot’s Guide To Juggling. There is one guide, however, that you won’t find in your local bookstore or, unfortunately, at your local airport. The Advanced Pilot Seminar (APS), better than books like Engine Management For Dummies, can only be found in Ada, Okla.
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An Advanced Course In Engine Management
GAMI uses its two-cell engine test-stand to analyze its engines, employing unleaded autogas, a new spec unleaded Avgas and 100LL. The company also performed FAA certification testing for Superior’s new XP-360 engine on one of its test stands.
Today, bookstores have shelves of self-help and how-to books targeted at people just like me. You know, books like Brain Surgery For Dummies, Taxes For Dummies or The Idiot’s Guide To Juggling. There is one guide, however, that you won’t find in your local bookstore or, unfortunately, at your local airport. The Advanced Pilot Seminar (APS), better than books like Engine Management For Dummies, can only be found in Ada, Okla.

Walter Atkinson, George Braly and John Deakin developed the definitive course on Aviation Piston Engine Management. If you trust your life to a piston engine, it’s a course that you should take. Braly provides the science and the hardware to the course, Deakin brings years of experience and Atkinson puts all the pieces together. Their Advanced Pilot Seminar is a direct outgrowth of the GAMIjector/lean-of-peak controversy. In short, the seminar, given every other month, takes engine management from a black art to a science.

For instance, would you like to know how to lean for density altitude, any density altitude, for any engine? The Advanced Pilot Seminar will tell you how.

In most hangar-talk sessions, these three men are the high priests of lean. But contrary to some pundits, they do not preach a faith based on leap-into-lean operations. They rely on science to answer the difficult questions; for them, theory must conform to facts and reality.

It all starts with what we know or what we think we know. Almost all airplane engines operate in a very harsh environment, sitting on a sun-baked ramp for days or weeks at a time. Languishing for months, they soak in the cold during bitter winters. After sitting mutely for long periods, they start in seconds, with temperatures rising from ambient to over 1,500 degrees. With minimum cooling, they produce 100% power for takeoff, followed by hours of high-power operation.




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