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For Red Bull racing professionals, reducing the engine weight in their aircraft is serious business. We can learn from their experience.
As electronic ignitions become more popular, some homebuilders will want to consider making the switch (especially given the potential savings in fuel costs). Tom Wilson provides an overview of the marketplace and offers a “cost-benefit” analysis.
Electronic ignitions can offer benefits over the standard magnetos, including lower maintenance and better fuel economy.
Weighing just 11 pounds for a hub and three blades, the new carbon-fiber prop from Whirl Wind Propellers improves the performance in both climb and cruise on a RANS S-7.
There are many ways to increase an engine’s efficiency when rebuilding. Tom Wilson reviews the options, along with the costs involved and the expected returns.
Tom Wilson, an avowed hot rodder, details his foray into the world of custom exhausts and the performance gains found on his Lycoming IO-540.
Master craftsman Andy Paterson's innovative finish work on a GlaStar Sportsman polished the airplane to near perfection.
The art of porting cylinder heads, whether by hand or by CNC machine, is a valuable part of blueprinting detailed engine builds or overhauls, and surprisingly subtle changes can determine how efficiently the engine will breathe.