Carburetors: Surprisingly Reliable

A part of airplanes since there was dirt, your carb should last through engine TBO with regular inspections and occasional tweaks.

Let’s see—we’ve got avgas in the tanks and air containing oxygen all around us. Somehow that air and avgas have to combine in a roughly 15 to 1 ratio—by weight—in the engine’s cylinders. Then they can do their suck, squeeze, bang and blow thing to make the prop go whirling around. Enter the humble carburetor, […]
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