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Mike's Articles

Here's a list of articles written by Savvy's CEO Mike Busch and published in EAA Sport Aviation magazine:

  1. Reliability-Centered Maintenance -- Time to apply it to general aviatgion? (January 2010)
  2. Is Engine TBO a Myth? -- Reliability-centered maintenance, part 2. (February 2010)
  3. Critical Component Failures -- Reliability-centered maintenance, part 3. (March 2010)
  4. Is Your Engine Airworthy? -- A commonsense approach. (April 2010)
  5. OIC -- Becoming a better owner-in-command. (May 2010)
  6. Billing Nightmare! -- Evaluating your maintenance shop's paperwork. (June 2010)
  7. Don't Fail Me Now -- How and why exhaust valves fail. (July 2010)
  8. Exhaust Valve Failures -- Part 2: Preventing failures by early detection. (August 2010)
  9. Destructive Detonation -- Know the symptoms, and act fast! (September 2010)
  10. EGT Myths Debunked -- Understanding exhaust gas temperatures. (October 2010)
  11. Return To Service -- You're a test pilot; act accordingly. (November 2010)
  12. The Mag Check -- Are you doing it right? (December 2010)
  13. All About Oil -- Part 1: What you should know (January 2011)
  14. Slippery Stuff -- Part 2: Additives, consumption, levels, intervals, filters and analysis (February 2011)
  15. The Waddington Effect -- More maintenance isn't necessarily better. (March 2011)
  16. Making Metal? -- How to ensure nothing is coming apart inside your crankcase. (April 2011)
  17. Is It Safe? Is It Airworthy? -- "Safe" and "airworthy" aren't synonyms. (May 2011)
  18. About Batteries -- Part 1: Aircraft batteries need TLC if you don't want to be left stranded (June 2011)
  19. Battery TLC -- Part 2: The care and feeding of aircraft batteries. (July 2011)
  20. Owner-Produced Parts -- Replacement parts you can make yourself for certificated aircraft. (August 2011)
  21. Too Broken To Fly? -- The rules about flying with inoperative equipment are complicated. (September 2011)
  22. Warranty Schmarranty -- That $40,000 engine turns out to be a lemon; you're covered under warranty, right? (October 2011)
  23. My $.02 on $6 Avgas -- How much do gas prices affect your flying? (November 2011)
  24. Intervals -- When are manufacturer-specified inspection, overhaul and replacement intervals mandatory for a Part 91 operator? (December 2011)
  25. Flight-Test Profiles -- The best way to diagnose an engine problem is usually in the air. (January 2012)
  26. When to Overhaul -- How do you decide when it's time? If not at TBO, when? (February 2012)
  27. How to Flunk an Annual Inspection -- An annual is a pass-fail test. Sometimes failing is the best course of action. (March 2012)
  28. The Most Unforgivable Sin -- Running out of fuel only happens to the other guy, right? (April 2012)
  29. Breakdown! -- Bad news away from home. (May 2012)
  30. Trust But Verify -- Before you approve any costly or invasive repair to your aircraft, make sure the discrepancy is real. (June 2012)
  31. The Decision Point -- It's time to sit down with your IA. (July 2012)
  32. Teardown! -- Making the difficult decision to tear down an engine. (August 2012)
  33. Cam Distress -- When your engine finally needs to be overhauled, the most likely cause will be corrision-induced distress to the cam lobes. (September 2012)
  34. Flying Efficiently -- It's more important than ever to get the best bang for the buck. (October 2012)
  35. Mini Versus Maxi -- Is your mechanic a minimalist or a maximalist? (November 2012)
  36. Red Box, Red Fin -- How not to lean your engine. (December 2012)
  37. How Much Is Too Much? -- There's metal in your oil filter. Now what? (January 2013)
  38. Separation Anxiety -- Can we prevent these head-to-barrel separations? (February 2013)
  39. Diagnostic Tales From the War Zone -- Troubleshooting is best accomplished by first gathering data and then analyzing it logically. (March 2013)
  40. A Little Dab'll Do Ya...In -- Even a seemingly trivial mistake by a well-intentioned mechanic can have dire consequences. (April 2013)
  41. The Redundancy Trap -- The best way to protect against failure of any component is to have two...or is it? (May 2013)
  42. The Blame Game -- When "stuff" happens to your aircraft, it's not always someone else's fault. (June 2013)
  43. Compression In Context -- Few aviation maintenance tasks are so misunderstood. (July 2013)
  44. But My Mechanic Says... -- Aircraft owners get lots of bad advice from their A&Ps. Ever wonder where the A&Ps get it from? (August 2013)
  45. AOG Rescue -- A mechanical problem away from home is every aircraft owner's worst nightmare. (September 2013)
  46. Thinking Slow -- Why many career A&Ps are not great troubleshooters. (October 2013)
  47. Rough Engine -- Understanding the underlying causes of engine roughness. (November 2013)
  48. Damage History -- The term is not well-defined. Here are some thoughts. (December 2013)
  49. Mechanic, Heal Thyself -- All airplanes occasionally get sick. Even mine. (January 2014)
  50. High Oil Consumption -- Don't do anything until you know where the oil is going. (February 2014)

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