ExxonMobil’s Ed Barnes

Ed Barnes

Aviation Lubricants Global Chief Engineer, Retired

Ed Barnes retired with more than 20 years of lubricants experience with ExxonMobil, almost all in aviation lubricant sales. He served as an aviation lubricants global field engineer since 2011, providing technical support and training for ExxonMobil’s sales force, their aviation lubricant distributors and global customers.

Barnes received his Bachelor of Science degree in marine engineering from California State University’s Maritime College. He worked as an engineering officer aboard commercial ships before joining ExxonMobil. He also has been a Federal Aviation Administration-licensed private pilot since 1985 and has had an interest in aviation since childhood.

Ed Barnes articles and interviews

  • Turbine


    To say that COVID-19 has been bad for the global airline business would be a serious understatement. According to an October 2020 ICAO presentation, the pandemic’s full year (January-December 2020) impact will slash gross passenger operating revenues by up to $96 billion worldwide, and reduce the overall number of seats offered by airlines up to 47 percent.

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    Lubrication considerations for grounded aircraft

    As the coronavirus pandemic has temporarily reduced the demand for air travel, Barnes shares lubrication best practices to help keep grounded aircraft in near ready-to-fly condition.

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    Corrosion: The never-ending battle

    Aviation Maintenance Magazine, March 2019
    In an article exploring how aircraft manufacturers, operators and MROs fight corrosion, Barnes explains how ExxonMobil’s airframe greases and engine oils can help.

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    Commercial aviation lubrication

    Tribology & Lubrication Technology, July 2018
    This article is based on a webinar that Barnes presented on the history of turbine engine lubricants, jet engine lubricant chemistries, the approval process for commercial aviation lubricants, performance expectations and more.

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    How to enhance generator performance

    Aircraft Maintenance Technology, March 2018
    Barnes talks about the top reasons for unplanned generator reliability issues and how high-performance capability turbine oil can help airlines overcome maintenance challenges.

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