There could be more random inspection of cylinders, during oil changes, compression checks, and borescope inspections.
Engine performance monitors allow pilots to provide the technician with operating data that may be capable of providing real-time data. Historical real-time operating data can lead to detecting cylinder problems.
Spark plugs also can predict cylinder damage. Close examination of plugs can show how the cylinder is performing by indicating hot or cold running characteristics and other indicators of cylinder performance.
Finally, pilots should be urged to discuss their operating techniques, placing emphasis on engine leaning procedures, how they do it and awareness of shock cooling cylinders, the two most common elements involved with pilot-induced cracked cylinders.
What you can do
The NPRM is open for comment through Oct. 11, routinely, however these dates are extended to provide for late comments. File your comment even if it is late, the comments all will be read and hopefully considered. Here is the place to file:
You can comment online at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FAA-2012-0002
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