March 2005 Issue

First Word: 03/05

Engine Shops: Which is Your Favorite?
I sometimes think aircraft ownership is like a pleasant walk in the woods on a summer evening. One moment, life is good, you’re taking in the honeysuckle and lilac and the next moment, you’re flat on your back with a fallen oak across your chest. The airplane owner equivalent of the windowmaker is a call from your shop with the bad news that the compression in number 4 is down to 39 pounds and the other jugs aren’t looking too good, either.

We got that call last month and we’ll be doing what so many owners have to do from time to time: shopping for a new engine. Will it be a field overhaul? A reman? Which shop will we use? Quite coincid...

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