When it comes to aircraft maintenance and overhauls, one of the most intricate procedures is engine replacement. It can also be one of the most expensive, especially if something goes wrong during the overhaul itself, or afterwards during operations. Therefore, here are some key things to keep in mind if you’re considering an engine replacement.


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Stan Lee, may he rest in peace, helped create the icon that is X-Men’s Magneto. The fictional character, created in 1963, shares the name of a magneto component, which has been in operation since 1903— suggesting that he may have based the character on this powerful electrical generator. Both Magnetos utilize the basic functioning principles of a magnetic field— let’s take a look at how a magneto component is put to work in aviation. Generally speaking, ignition systems need to generate high voltage in a small window of time, we’re talking around 20,000 volts in an instant.


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Gas turbine engines power most modern aircraft and have streamlined air travel and aircraft technology as we know it. The differences between modern turbine engines tend to rely on how exhaust is utilized to create thrust. Overall, the parts of a turbine engine will usually include the following components: inlet/s, compressor, burner, turbine, and exhaust nozzle. Turbine engines used in modern aircraft are separated into 4 categories: turbojet engine, turboprop engine, turbofan engine, and afterburning turbojet engine.


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Since the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903, the aviation industry has changed quite a bit. But, one of the most crucial components, the reciprocating engine, has not. The reciprocating engine is a heat engine used on propeller aircraft that uses one or more reciprocating pistons to convert pressure into rotary motion in order to turn the propeller. The reciprocating engine can be started in various ways, depending on size of the engine.


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