January 1999 Issue

Sound Off: January 1999

You guys blew it on multi-weight versus single-weight oil.

by Mike Busch

As a long-time fan of both Aviation Consumer and Greg Travis, I must tell you I am simply disappointed with Travis’ article “The Oil Argument” in the December issue.

In my view, it’s a one-sided treatment that preaches “The Company Line” of the Shell and Chevron marketing mouthpieces—who have a major stake in the outcome—while dismissing the collective wisdom from the field overhaul shops and owner associations.

For example, the article dwells on the TCM cylinder problems, which are completely unrelated to the choice of oil. It also dwells on the lubricity issue, which is largely irrelevant because our slow-turning loose-tolerance aircraft engines have such minimal...

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