Avionics Report

September 2000 Issue

Two Engines, Four Years

A side-by-side look at a Lycoming factory overhaul and a Blueprint field rebuild.

[IMGCAP(1)] Among all the uncertainties when overhauling an engine, you can count on one thing: A bad case of buyer’s remorse if you make the wrong choice.

Judging by our reader mail and interviews, a surprising number of owners do make the wrong choice or at least they select a shop or engine source that they’re not entirely pleased with two years later. Even when the engine performs as expected, there are sometimes intangibles that lead the buyer to another shop next time. It’s not often, however, that you can compare two of the same engines side-by-side, but provided by two overhaul sources. Yet that’s exactly the opportunity we had in the spring of 1996. The 1100-hour Lycoming IO-360...

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