Maintenance Matters

December 2015 Issue

For Your Aircraft's Exhaust System, Inspection is Critical

When exhaust systems wear out, they create a serious safety of flight risk. Replacement systems from Power Flow claim to boost performance.

For most owners, the exhaust system is an out-of-sight, out-of-mind portion of the airplane. It’s certainly not a sexy part of any aircraft—even the FAA’s description of the exhaust system in its Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics Powerplant Handbook is a little off-putting: “…a scavenging system that collects and disposes of the high-temperature, noxious gases as they are discharged by the engine.” Nevertheless, all exhaust systems deserve a great deal of respect and your attention and consideration because they live in a horrible environment of intense heat, flame, corrosive gases and vibration. Plus, if any component fails, the risks are nothing short of serious: carbon monoxide poisoning of the aircraft occupants, partial or total engine power loss and fire.

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