Exhaust Systems 101: Not So Silent Killers

CO detectors are worthy accessories, but keeping ahead of even minor exhaust failures should come first. Use FAA AC 91-59A as a starting point.

Piston-powered airplanes aren’t exactly free of vibration and that beats the heck out of exhaust systems. That means that between-annual inspections are important, especially if you think the system was subjected to unusual punishment. Ever pull the mixture back for shutdown and the backfire sounded like a shotgun? That could have done some damage to […]
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Editor in Chief Larry Anglisano has been a staple at Aviation Consumer since 1995. An active land, sea and glider pilot, Larry has over 30 years’ experience as an avionics repairman and flight test pilot. He’s the editorial director overseeing sister publications Aviation Safety magazine, IFR magazine and is a regular contributor to KITPLANES magazine with his Avionics Bootcamp column.