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Motor Head #17: All I Want for Christmas …

AVweb's Marc Cook doesn't believe in fairy tales -- he knows he can't get turbine power and reliability at piston prices and fuel consumption, for instance -- but he does want Santa to give him a few nice improvements to his engine.

Motor Head #16: Jabiru — A New Engine That’s Not All That New, But...

The advent of light sport aircraft has created a resurgence of need for engines that fit in-between the ultralight lawn mower engines and the standard, 160-hp four cylinder. AVweb's Marc Cook found one from an unexpected place.

Motor Head #15: Great Shakes — On The Inside Of Prop Vibration Testing

This month's Motor Head column needs this disclaimer: Don't try this at home! AVweb's Marc Cook got to see what happens when manufacturers and designers have to test new propeller/engine combinations.

Motor Head #14: Future Tech — So Much Bunk Until We Get an Engine

You've seen the stories about great airplanes we could have if only those "heads-in-the-sand" airplane manufacturers would listen to some crazy, basement inventor. Takes a lot more than an idea to fly a plane, says AVweb's Marc Cook.

Motor Head #13: The Lakeland Routine — Engines Are The News

Sun 'n Fun means new product announcements, especially for engine manufacturers. AVweb's Marc Cook made his annual journey and saw some very interesting products for Experimentals and certified aircraft alike.

Motor Head #12: Troubleshooting 101 — Never Give Up, Never Surrender

It takes patience and tenacity to build an airplane. And a bit of luck and a lot of skill (and help) to do it in less than three weeks. But if you try to rush the troubleshooting when finishing, you may take longer and cost more, as AVweb's Marc Cook explains in this month's Motor Head column.

Motor Head #11: One Thousand (Not So Easy) Pieces

Wonder why airplane engines cost so much? Just try to build one. AVweb's Motor Head, Marc Cook, did (well, he helped anyway) and found it to be very enlightening. And then he flew a Turbo Cirrus ...

Motor Head #10: Baffling Explanations

We squeeze engines into tight, streamlined cowls and allow the least amount of (drag-producing) cooling air through there because what we really want is speed. But even tiny leaks in baffles can have huge effects on engine cooling and, therefore, engine longevity as Marc Cook discusses in this month's Motor Head column.

Motor Head #9: Does Racing Really Improve The Breed?

Marc Cook's ears are still buzzing from a long weekend at the Reno Air Races, where all sorts of internal-combustion mayhem takes place. Some of it may actually trickle down to average GA Joes.

Motor Head #8: Return from Oshkosh — Engines in the Headlines

Oshkosh was a good destination for the engine lover last month. New airframes sometimes inspire new powerplants, and even the big boys had some R&D news, as AVweb's Marc Cook explains in this month's Motor Head column.

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Two Tragic Accidents And We’re Arguing About Sim Time?

You'd think Boeing would try belt and suspenders this time. But for the revised MAX, it wants to again try what already didn't work.

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