Single-Piston Planes Need Proper Upkeep and Engine Maintenance


Engine Maintenance pic

Engine Maintenance

Since 1994, broker Steven Orr has served as president and owner of his financial investment firm Orr Financial Group based in Victoria, Texas. In his down time, broker Steven Orr is a licensed pilot and flies one of the fastest piston airplanes in the world.

The difference between piston airplanes and regular airplanes is that piston planes have one or more piston-powered engines that connect to propellers. This provides the thrust the airplane needs to get off the ground and soar through the air. These types of planes typically fly at altitudes below 15,000 feet. Many of these planes seat one to six passengers and usually don’t fly further than 300 to 400 miles in one trip, making them an ideal choice for business travel.

Pilots and airplane owners should keep in mind that each piston plane has a magic number associated with it. Known as TBO (time between overhauls), this signifies the number of hours the engine manufacturer expects pilots can operate the engine before the engine needs to be taken apart and have its components repaired or replaced. Although the number varies, it is typically around 2,000 hours. However, pilots can extend the life of the engine by flying regularly, lubricating the cylinders, and monitoring the engine.


Piston Engine Aircraft

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Piston Engine Aircraft

Steven Orr is a broker and investment advisor based in Victoria, Texas. Mr. Orr has owned and operated the Orr Financial Group for more than 25 years. Outside of his accomplishments as a broker and wealth manager, Steven Orr is a licensed pilot and has flown the fastest piston engine aircraft in the world.

Piston engines operate under the same principles as the early steam engines of the 17th century. Piston aircraft are powered by classic internal combustion engines that use the hot gas from ignited fuel to fire pistons. The pistons then move a crankshaft that rotates the plane’s propeller(s).

Current manufacturers of piston engine aircraft include Cessna, Cirrus, Mooney, Diamond, and Hawker Beechcraft. Compared with modern turboprop engine aircraft, piston engine aircraft are typically less expensive and are ideal for making relatively short flights of less than 400 miles at relatively low altitudes (less than 15,000 feet).