Rotary Engine Rebuilds
I ENJOYED THE ARTICLE ON the S.E.5a built by my friend Jack Kearbey;
he deserves a lot of credit for his fine workmanship.
I would like to set the record straight on something that was
mentioned in the article pertaining to World War I rotary engines. It
is an often-repeated myth that rotary engines were only good for 20
hours before needing a rebuild. This is incorrect; there is no reason
why a WWI rotary engine would not last for several hundred hours.
This myth came about simply by a misunderstanding of the term
“rebuilt” as it was used by mechanics at that time. Rotary engines
were lubricated with castor oil, which would tend to congeal,
particularly around the piston rings. Engines were frequently
disassembled for cleaning and then reassembled and returned to
service, which constituted a rebuild in the minds of many mechanics.
Keeping the piston rings free in their grooves is important in an
engine that takes its air/fuel mixture through the crankcase. I routinely
fly a rotary engine that has in excess of 1 25 hours in the logbook.
Fred Murrin, EAA 115211
Space to Build
Law Enforcement Over the Line?
Paul Dowgewicz certainly wasn’t alone when he expressed his frustration about well-known flight instructors John
and Martha King being detained when it was thought the
airplane they were flying was stolen. He started a thread on
Oshkosh365 that, at press time, was still going strong.
Here are a few highlights from this ongoing discussion:
The Santa Barbara police held the Kings at gunpoint for 30 minutes…just another
example of the abuse of the militarization of law enforcement.
Sorry to bust your indignant bubble but…the Kings were only detained for 30
minutes; that is a pretty short time, all things considered.
Every pilot is a suspected drug runner or terrorist and is treated as such by our
endless number of “security” agencies…and we pay their salaries for being
arrogant and incompetent.
This is a serious problem, and it didn’t start last week. In a past life, I flew…
helicopters in the offshore Gulf of Mexico area. I recall at least five intercepts on
me…(when) I was always in strict compliance with FARs and LOAs.
It is fairly obvious that no one on this thread has any law enforcement
experience…I understand people are angry and frustrated, but who should this
be directed at? Not the guys in the field!
Forgive my ignorance, but would people expect a criminal to file a flight plan
using the N number of the aircraft he/she stole?
The Kings are right…if this kind of thing keeps happening, it is going to end in a
tragic “mistake” some day.
I have served 15 years with law enforcement…. The system failed at the
information end, not at the response by the LEOs on patrol.
It is good to see that there are folks out there…who don’t think that the law
enforcement officers were major screwups in this situation. –Jerry Rosie
Did (the airplane owner) have any responsibility to correct the obvious
discrepancy in the official records, or was he completely within his rights to keep
on renting that airplane, knowing it was on a stolen aircraft list? –Jerry Rosie
Want to add your thoughts to this forum? Find a link to this
specific thread at www.SportAviation.org.