Avionics Report

April 2014 Issue

Small-Engine Overhauls: Affordable, Supportable

Engines that haven’t been made for 50 years or more are still remarkably overhaulable, if not necessarily cheap. Continental’s A-65 is a favorite.

The words “cheap” and “overhaul” aren’t known to appear in the same sentence, but it’s true that smaller, modest engines are cheaper to overhaul than high-horsepower sixes. But what about old and modest, specifically Conti-nental’s numerous A-65 series and its offshoots? Are these the gateway to affordable flying or just doddering antiques getting ever more expensive to maintain?

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