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RETURN OF ANTI-DETONATION WATER INJECTION (ADI)
The only reason leaded avgas still exists is
to deliver high octane cheaply and the only reason for octane is to
prevent detonation in high-power, high-compression engines. But octane
isn't the only way to quench detonation, something engineers have known
Injecting a water-methanol spray into the combustion
chamberso-called anti-detonation or anti-detonant injection
(ADI)was once a common technique for military aircraft when octane
wasn't available or when aircraft designers wanted excess power in
bursts, even when burning high-octane fuel. It was also used in civil
If it worked 60 years ago, why not now?
That's exactly what Air Plains is proposing in its resurrection of ADI
STCs developed by Todd Petersen during the 1980s, when mogas as an
alternative fuel was in vogue. But just as mogas fell out of favor, a
victim of a shrinking cost difference between it and avgas and a flood
of ethanol in the fuel stream, so too did Petersen's ADI fade. It never
found wide market application. But like Petersen's hundreds of mogas
approvals, the STCs remained alive.
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TREATMENTS: WELL WORTH THE TROUBLE
While there is evidence CorrosionX provides the best
protection, ACF-50 also works well. Get it applied by a pro, however, or
you'll be cleaning it up for months.
Corrosion is like aging; it does
its damage slowly and is easy to overlookuntil major systems begin
to fail. Unlike aging, we know how to stop corrosion in aircraft. It's
cheap insurance against a slow destruction of your airframe.
downside is a cleaning up your airplane for at least a few weeks, and
possibly several months. You also might discover corrosion damage that
would have passed unnoticed for years and now appears as loose rivets
and joints. We're not sure revealing lurking damage is a downside,
however. We'd rather stop the spread and know the full extent of any
degradation here and now.
This is where owners of fiberglass
aircraft get to turn to the next article with a smug expression on their
faces. The rest of us who fly aluminum birds should read on.
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GROUP OFFERS FLYING CLUB SCHOLARSHIP
A new organization
called Ground Effect Advisors is awarding a scholarship that includes
advice, materials, and supplies worth more than $3,500 to a group that
wants to start a flying club. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with
Todd McClamroch about the initiative and how worthy groups should
apply to StartAFlyingClub.com by May 1.
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PARDO'S PUSH -- MCDONNELL F4 PHANTOM
"Pardo's push" of
March 10, 1967 was preceded by a similar event. In 1952, fighter ace
Robbie Risner pushed fellow flyer Joe Logan 60 miles. The two men were
flying F-86 Sabre jets and successfully cleared hostile territory, but
Logan bailed out over water, was tangled in his canopy lines, and
drowned. Risner was deemed a hero, but by Pardo's account, pilots were
not encouraged to partake in similar activities. More...
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