ItÂ’s interesting to me how willing we are to accept the notion that a small amount of Â“abuseÂ” of an aircraft engine can lead to serious problems. Get your leaning voodoo wrong? Blown engine. Â“Shock coolÂ” a bit? Blown engine. Run at too high an RPM? Blown engine. Run at too low an RPM? Blown engine. We accept so matter-of-factly a fragility in a critical component that we would never stand for in a far less critical automobile engine.
I know this has all been discussed ad-nauseum before, but there was one notable attempt to introduce automobile technology into general aviation: the Porsche-Mooney. I remember all the pooh-poohing by the GA traditionalists: TWO generators needed? What a waste of weight! Give me my old mags any day! Oh my! What an odd engine mount. CanÂ’t remove the engine very easily. Tsk, tsk.
What I havenÂ’t heard is how well the engine actually performed and how reliable it was.
Does anyone know?