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Powerplant

The complete installation of an aircraft engine, propeller, and all accessories needed for its proper function.

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lean die-out

Aviation; Aircraft maintenance

A condition in which the fire in a gas turbine engine goes out because the fuel-air mixture ratio is too lean to sustain combustion.

rich blowout

Aviation; Aircraft maintenance

A condition in which the fire in a gas turbine engine goes out because the fuel-air mixture ratio is too rich to sustain combustion.

overboost

Aviation; Aircraft maintenance

A condition of excessive manifold pressure in a reciprocating engine. Overboosting occurs when the supercharger is operated at too high a speed.

vapor lock

Aviation; Aircraft maintenance

A condition of fuel starvation that can occur in a reciprocating engine fuel system. If the fuel in the line between the tank and carburetor is heated enough for the fuel to vaporize, a bubble will ...

flameout

Aviation; Aircraft maintenance

A condition of turbine engine operation when the fire unintentionally goes out. Improper fuel-air mixture or interruption of the air flow through the engine can cause a flameout.

surge

Aviation; Aircraft maintenance

A condition of unstable airflow, through the compressor of a gas turbine engine, in which the compressor blades have an excessive angle of attack. Surge usually affects an entire stage of ...

two-stroke cycle

Aviation; Aircraft maintenance

A constant-volume cycle of energy transformation that completes its operating cycle in two strikes of the piston, one up and one down. When the piston moves up, fuel is pulled into the crankcase, and ...

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