Welcome to the first interview on the Airplane Owner Maintenance Podcast!

Today’s guest is the “Savvy Aviator,” Mr. Mike Busch.

Thank you Mike, for taking the time to talk with us today!

Mike has 50 years of aviation experience, and has done all kinds of fascinating things in his career.  Listen today, for just a sample of some of those experiences.

Interesting quote from Mike:  “Borescopes never lie; compression tests lie all the time.”

Here’s a classic case of a time when the compression test lied, but the borescope did not:


Figure 3 in that article is a picture I sent to Mike years ago, and the compression test indicated above 60/80!  But the valve was obviously burning.

Connect with Mike and his services:

https://www.savvyaviation.com – Main SavvyAviation website
https://www.savvyaviation.com/savvyaviation-home/resources/ – Place to find all my articles, webinars, book, and lots more
https://www.savvyanalysis.com – SavvyAnalysis engine monitor data analysis platform (free!)
https://www.patreon.com/SavvyAviator – My Patreon page where folks can sign up as patrons of my writing
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1500209635 – Link to my book “Manifesto” on Amazon

Read Mike’s Bio Here:


Check out the borescope Mike recommends:

This one is $199.98 on Amazon:

Vividia Ablescope VA-400 USB Rigid Borescope Endoscope with 180 Degree Articulating 8.5mm Diameter Probe



The following one is $289.98 on Amazon, and apparently includes equipment to use with iPad, iPhone, etc.


Thanks, Mike, for all you’re doing for general aviation!