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Piston (reciprocating) aircraft engines are internal combustion engines, similar to the type found in most automobiles. They are typically gasoline powered.

Piston aircraft engines are reciprocating internal combustion engines, similar to the type found most automobiles, which are used as powerplants in some aircraft, generally driving a propeller either directly or through a reduction-drive gearbox.

These engines are typically gasoline-powered, burning some form of AvGas or automotive gasoline, though some aircraft diesel engines exist, which can burn diesel fuel or jet fuel.

Other powerplant types include:

  • - a turbine engine driving a propeller.
  • - a turbine engine producing thrust directly
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