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Airplane Engines: A Pilot-Friendly Manual

Learn how to get the most performance, dependability,
and longevity from your aircraft engine.

  • Covers Lycoming, Continental and most conventional piston aircraft engines

  • Task-oriented format with step-by-step instructions

  • Fully illustrated with color photos and graphics

  • Written for pilots in plain English (not mechanical jargon)

  • Spiral bound for convenient use in the cockpit

  • Digital PDF version included to view on your favorite mobile device


How Well Do You Know Your Airplane's Engine?

Think about the trust you place in your airplane’s engine every time you fly. Are you doing everything possible to keep it running at its best? Do you understand it enough to be sure?

Too many pilots unknowingly accept marginal engine performance, or miss subtle clues of an impending problem, because they never had more engine instruction than the POH procedures and what their CFI told them. Or they spend thousands on repairs that could have been avoided had they operated and maintained their engines properly.

According to mechanics interviewed for this manual, most owners don’t ask questions about their engines, even when they’re uncertain. However, knowledge and communication are the keys to having a productive partnership with your mechanic.

This manual is a solid starting point. It’s a way to consider an engine-related task you currently accomplish, and explore possibilities for improvement. Or you may find tasks you’ve not done before and decide they’re something you should be doing. Either way, the investigation alone will get you more involved in the health of your engine.

"This is a wonderful manual. The information is accessible and easy for non-technical pilots like me to understand. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it."

Dave Hirschman, Editor at Large, AOPA

50 Engine Operation and Maintenance Tasks

This manual helps pilots understand engine operation and maintenance at a deeper level. We’ll show you the best way to complete each of these tasks, using proven techniques and best practices from leading engine experts.

"As a pilot, you might not read a powerplant textbook, but this engine manual is different … the carefully selected topics, diagrams, special tips, and photos make it a super-helpful and practical resource for pilots."

Dean Showalter, A&P/IA and Founder of the Airplane Owner Maintenance Podcast

"This really is the most focused of the DIY tech manuals I’ve seen. For piston ops and for $49, I think every pilot can learn something from this well-done manual. I did."

Larry Anglisano, Editor

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Which engines does this manual cover?
A. The tasks covered are applicable to most conventional piston aircraft engines. Where necessary, some tasks will provide model specific instructions (i.e. Lycoming, Continental, Rotax) or type specific instructions (i.e. high-performance, turbocharged, fuel injected, etc.) if they are different.

Q. How long will it take to receive my printed manual?
A. We use the US Postal Service to mail all USA orders and they typically arrive within 5 business days. International orders usually arrive within 10 business days (can be longer in some countries).

Q. Do you offer a digital version I can load onto my iPad?
A. Yes, we offer a digital PDF that is formatted for your iPad, computer or any other mobile device. You will receive your PDF copy as soon as you order. We provide simple instructions for loading the PDF onto an iPad.

Q. How big is the printed manual?
A. The manual is 8 1/2 x 11 inches and 121 pages, so it will fit in most flight bags or in the seat pocket of an airplane. We found this size worked well with our other Pilot-Friendly manuals…big enough to be easy-to-read, but small enough to store just about anywhere. It also has a clear plastic cover to protect it from weather and spills.


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