Tuesday, April 23, 2013
From The Editor: Luxury Camping
Our light-sport pilot report this month is the Pipistrel Sinus, a motorglider LSA that boasts a 30:1 glide ratio. LSA Editor James Lawrence and SALSA Aviation owner Rand Vollmer fly the Sinus over the warm Florida countryside in search of thermals and highways in the sky. The Sinus isn't just a glider; it's a multi-disciplined aircraft. When Mother Nature isn't providing lift, the Sinus' Rotax 912 engine pushes it along, burning less than 3 gph at 110 knots! It's an efficient cross-country aircraft, as well.
Taking care of your airplane engine is something every owner is concerned about. Understanding which oil to use and when is a big part of the equation and will help keep your engine running to or even beyond the manufacturer's recommended TBO. In this issue, contributor John Ruley walks us through the different types of oil, which viscosity to use, and the differences between piston and turbine engines and the oils they use. John provides tips from industry pros on how often to change oil and the best oil solution should your aircraft be on the ground for an extended period of time.
If you don't yet own an airplane but want to, Marc Lee's article on buying one will bring you closer to your dream. He outlines step by step what to expect when financing an aircraft. Get an over-view of the different types of lenders, as well as the basic requirements needed to help you qualify for a loan. Marc also discusses insurance, often a confusing topic, and talks to experts at insurance companies about types of insurance and the best strategies for insuring you and your airplane.