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    Recommended books on Engines 101

    A lot of discussions lately it seems on engine starting, etc with some really good and fairly detailed information in them. It got me to thinking while I was on the thro, errr well it got me to thinking. What’s a good read recommended by the collective for engines, magnetos, carbs and the like? Bush’s book on engines or the faa a&p books or??

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    Engine Management 101 by Bill Ross. Free on Superior Air Parts’ website.

    Fly the Engine by Kas Thomas. My favorite aircraft maintenance writer. He used to publish TBO Advisor. I miss that one.

    Less entertaining but more reference? Sacramento Skyranch’s engine manual. Buy it at Spruce or Amazon. It’s a great resource.
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    John Schwaner's book "SKY RANCH ENGINE MANUAL 2ND EDITION" 1st ed. is the one I read and loaned...never got it back.
    https://aircraft-tool.com/shop/detai...ookieSupport=1
    https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catal...s/skyranch.php

    Anything by Kas Thomas suggested above.

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    I had the same problem with lending books and tools… Stopped having that problem since I stopped lending them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavePA11 View Post
    I had the same problem with lending books and tools… Stopped having that problem since I stopped lending them.
    Yup always trying to help, but some forget it's not theirs (I know where it's at tho). I ordered another copy tonight of Sky Ranch from Spruce. Lots of Kas Thomas' books still available online.

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    Actually the manufacturers operating manual has a lot of info in it.

    Here’s the Lycoming O-320
    https://www.lycoming.com/sites/defau...2060297-30.pdf
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    Ditto SkyRanch manual and anything by Kas Thomas. Like Charlie said, lots of engine info from Lycoming themselves in their manuals and service documents. You can now receive the service documents emailed for free from Lycoming.
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    Concur with Skyranch Engineering Manual. Schwaner also has a good book on magnetos. Another great source is Aerospace Propulsion Powerplants by Cargnino and Karvinen. It is out of print, but shows up on ebay or abebooks.com from time to time. I used that as my primary source when I taught recip theory at an A&P school.


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    I second (third?) Fly the Engine.
    Also, look up Pelican’s Perch articles by John Deakin
    Quote Originally Posted by stewartb View Post
    Engine Management 101 by Bill Ross. Free on Superior Air Parts’ website.

    Fly the Engine by Kas Thomas. My favorite aircraft maintenance writer. He used to publish TBO Advisor. I miss that one.

    Less entertaining but more reference? Sacramento Skyranch’s engine manual. Buy it at Spruce or Amazon. It’s a great resource.

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