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Prop Talk 101

Prop Talk 101

September 2013 If you’ve never thought that your propeller will need an overhaul, think again. Without a doubt they’re the hardest working, most underappreciated part of your airplane. I’m of course talking about your propeller. Most of us just think of a propeller as a chunk of metal spinning around on the front of our ai... Read more

A highly modified PA-18 “Monster Cub”

A highly modified PA-18 “Monster Cub”

March 2014- Alaska is called The Last Frontier for good reason. The state has over 500,000 acres of uninhabited land (about 94 percent of its total acreage). It’s home to about 30,000 brown bears (grizzlies included), as many as 100,000 black bears and a far smaller number of (estimates say under 5,000) polar bears. Cari... Read more

Shell Introduces its Unleaded 100 Octane Fuel

Shell Introduces its Unleaded 100 Octane Fuel

February 2014- Shell Oil issued the following press release on Dec. 1, 2013: SHELL REMOVES LEAD FROM LIGHT AIRCRAFT FUEL  Shell today became the first major oil company to develop a lead-free replacement for Aviation Gasoline (Avgas 100 and 100LL), which will now begin a strict regulatory approvals process. Avgas is on... Read more

Destination: Space (via Kansas)

Destination: Space (via Kansas)

April 2014- Flying over Kansas can seem like a never-ending view of wheat fields from horizon to horizon. That is a good situation if you are looking for an emergency landing place… but many of you may wonder what is down there. The city of Hutchinson is just 30 miles northwest of Wichita on the northeast side of the Arkansas... Read more

Leading Edge: Active Noise Reduction Upgrade

Leading Edge: Active Noise Reduction Upgrade

December 2014- Active Noise Reduction UpgradeYou can install ANR electronics intoan existing passive headset, and youcan do it by yourself. Several months ago I explained the mechanics of human hearing and the physics of passive and Active Noise Reduction (ANR) headsets ("How it works: Noise Reduction Headsets," Leading Edg... Read more

Position Report: Helping General Aviation Take Off

Position Report: Helping General Aviation Take Off

June 2014- General Aviation is a homegrown American industry that is responsible for 1.2 million jobs and pumps more than $150 billion into our nation's economy. But it's also an industry that could do much more to create jobs, boost our economy and contribute to our national transportation system. General Aviation is being h... Read more

What To Do When Your Piper Fuel Bladder Fails

What To Do  When Your Piper Fuel Bladder Fails

I recalled from my days as a tech rep that the most common failure of a light airplane fuel bladder is age-related deterioration of the top surface due to long-term exposure to heat. So my first thought was to dig back into the airplane records to find out if the airplane’s right bladder had ever been changed. Then I remembe... Read more

Our Brilliant Friday in the Bahamas

Our Brilliant Friday in the Bahamas

 April 2014- It seems the articles I’m reading in aviation periodicals these days are all harbingers of doom: armed guards when we land; UAVs crowding us out of the skies; rising taxes, fuel costs and user fees; airports closing. Holy cow, where’d the fun go? Here’s a story about why my wife and I fly, a... Read more

Winter Weather Flying: A Brisk Refresher

From understanding splash lubrication to reduced braking action, winter flying is just… different. February 2015- Ready or not, winter is in full effect across the northern United States. Several important operational considerations will ensure you have a safe and enjoyable winter flying season. It’s important f... Read more

Seneca De-ice Control Panel Upgrade

Seneca De-ice Control Panel Upgrade

October 2014- All restoration projects seem to start the same way. There is this one little thing on your plane that doesn't look good, so you restore it... then everything around it looks bad and you start moving from one project to another....      I was admiring my newly restored throttle quadrant last... Read more

Airshow Entertainer: Lowell White's Vagabond

Airshow Entertainer: Lowell White's Vagabond

November 2014- A Piper Vagabond finds it's way home.      No matter where it landed, a yellow Vagabond with "North Florida Motor Co." and "Lincoln Mercury Dealer" in bold blue lettering on the fuselage attracted quite a bit of attention this past year. Curious, I sought out the owner, Vaughn Lovley, to ge... Read more

Piper PA-25 & PA-36 Pawnee

Piper PA-25 & PA-36  Pawnee

In the first few decades of the aviation age, airplanes quickly became a part of Americans’ daily lives. In addition to providing invaluable service in World War II, aircraft also served in a war against six-legged pests. The first known use of a heavier-than-air machine occurred in August 1921. A United States Army Air Servi... Read more

Seneca Throttle Quadrant Upgrade

Seneca Throttle Quadrant Upgrade

July 2014- I have heard it said many times by many boat owners that the two greatest moments of boat ownership are when you purchase your boat, and when you sell it. I understand the message completely although I've never felt that way about any of the seven airplanes that I've owned over the decades. I've enjoyed every moment... Read more

Any Excuse to Fly: Building Time in a Cherokee 235

Any Excuse to Fly: Building Time in a Cherokee 235

With four years of flying experience at age 21, the sky is the limit for Mitchell Miller. February 2015- Instrument-rated pilot Mitchell Miller is a native of Riverside, Calif. who attained his private pilot certificate at age 17 (with just 41 hours!) and his instrument rating in 2012. Miller might be a newer pilot, but he&r... Read more

Are You Ready for 2020? Current Options for ADS-B Compliance

Are You Ready for 2020? Current Options for ADS-B Compliance

January 2015- The choices may seem bewildering (and they can be!), but at least prices seem to be settling down. In 2014, EAA AirVenture's exhibit halls were filled with ADS-B vendors who have viable products for the FAA mandate that's coming sooner than we think—January 2020. The infrastructure is already in place, so why n... Read more

From Hand Axes to Five-Axis: A Brief History of Hartzell Propeller

From Hand Axes to Five-Axis: A Brief History of Hartzell Propeller

September 2014- At the turn of the 20th century, George Hartzell and his son Robert were making rifle stocks from various hardwoods using a proprietary process they had developed that strengthened the wood and retarded the decay process inherent in hostile environments. Robert Hartzell owned an airplane and dreamed of becomin... Read more

Everypilot’s Light Twin: The Piper PA-44 Seminole

Everypilot’s Light Twin: The Piper PA-44 Seminole

October 2014- While other light twins have gone away, the PA-44 is still doing what it does so well—safely teaching pilots how to fly twins.      I've set my Wayback Machine for Feb. 21, 1978. The place: Dallas, Tex. The event: Piper Aircraft's annual meeting of the North American distributors. The backst... Read more

Right-sized at the Right Time The Short Wing Pipers

Right-sized at the Right Time The Short Wing Pipers

June 2014- Historians will tell us that a recession began at a particular time and ended on another. Economists will give us the reasons behind the recession: inflationary pressures, tight credit, and so on. Those of us who have lived through recessions know that each industry, each company and each individual experiences t... Read more

At Aviation’s Threshold: Wright Brothers National Memorial

At Aviation’s Threshold: Wright Brothers National Memorial

September 2013 All pilots should visit the place where it all started. I’ve been a pilot almost all of my adult life. I love machines that fly, the people who fly them fascinate me, and I am sort of an armchair historian of aviation. I’ve been to every major airshow on the planet, and visited most every significant aviation ... Read more

Wings Over the Rockies: Denver’s Air and Space Museum

Wings Over the Rockies: Denver’s Air and Space Museum

January 2015- Aviation is big—really big—in Colorado, but only one destination calls itself "Colorado's official air and space museum," and has a bill passed in the state legislature to prove it. Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum (often called "Wings" by museum staff as well as visitors) in Denver's Lowry neighbo... Read more

Ameritech Industries: American Propeller and Eagle Engines

Ameritech Industries: American Propeller and Eagle Engines

April 2014- Propellers take a beating. During operations that range from the instant takeoff power is cranked on to power-off stalls and descents, blades continually flex due to changes in aerodynamic loading. Props endure years of light damage due to rock, ice and rain impacts. In spite of being within degrees of separation ... Read more

Garmin’s Passive ADS-B Solution

Garmin’s Passive ADS-B Solution

Ever since the dawn of the Computer Age, two engineering factions have regularly engaged in trench warfare. One group believes that hardware-centric devices are inherently more stable solutions for an engineering problem, while the other group—the software-centric crowd— believes that its approach offers greater flexibility fo... Read more

PFA learns about tires and retreads at Desser Tire & Rubber Co.

PFA learns about tires and retreads at Desser Tire & Rubber Co.

  June 2014- First off, let's get one Old Aviators Tale ("OAT") out of the way right now. It's safe to install retreaded aircraft tires on retractable gear airplanes.For decades a rumor has circulated that retreaded tires should never be installed on a retractable gear airplane because the retreads came out bigger or wou... Read more

Cabin Combustion Heaters: Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Cabin Combustion Heaters:  Maintenance and Troubleshooting

November 2014- If you hit rain or turbulence, you can deviate; if it's hot, you can just keep climbing untilyou find cool air. But when it's cold, it's cold everywhere. Here are some simple steps tokeep your combustion cabin heater providing maximum performance.      For those pilots who operate in colder... Read more

Restoration on a Budget: Seneca Power Control Panel Upgrade

Restoration on a Budget: Seneca Power Control Panel Upgrade

December 2014- Here we are again! Things surely didn't start out this way. I'd retired in March of this year and was looking for a simple project to consume a week or two in the summer and allow me and my dog to hang out at the airport with a purpose. The result of that simple goal was a restored throttle quadrant, and it lo... Read more

Shane 1: An Unforgettable First Flight

Shane 1: An Unforgettable First Flight

July 2013 - April 21, 2013 1340Z: "Columbus Clearance, Shane 1. Through the Warren County RCO requesting VFR Flight Following to South Bend Regional at six thousand, five hundred." "Shane 1, Columbus Approach. Good morning, squawk 6666; maintain VFR and contact Columbus Approach on 118.55 when airborne." "Columbus Approach... Read more

A Tale of Three Cubs: Wheeling around the sky

A Tale of Three Cubs: Wheeling around the sky

August 2014- It is most definitely not about speed: the 65 hp J-3 Cub is so slow it can barely get out of its own way. From the pilot's seat you can watch the landscape sliding by—or, if you are flying into wind, you can simply watch the landscape. I'm not kidding. There's a story of one intrepid pilot who wheeled a Cub out du... Read more

As Real As It Gets: High-Fidelity Aviation Training

As Real As It Gets: High-Fidelity Aviation Training

July 2014- Flight simulators have been around in one form or another for the better part of aviation's history. The earliest units were typically built from plywood. They sported vacuum tubes, were mostly pneumatic driven, and had rudimentary gauges and functionality. The cockpits were cramped and the capabilities were limited... Read more

Way of the Warrior

Way of the Warrior

Since its introduction in 1956, Cessna’s 172 had been dominating the single-engine market, both for personal use and flight training. The folks at Piper thought a version of its popular Cherokee line—with a higher useful load and minimum-four-place design—might give Cessna a run for its money. Using the longer fuselage of the... Read more

Amazin’ Aztec: Mark Matheson’s PA-23-250T

Amazin’ Aztec: Mark Matheson’s  PA-23-250T

December 2014- Nearly 35 years since it was last produced, Piper's Turbo Aztec continues to prove that it's a true heavyweight among light twins. Once upon a time, piston engine aircraft manufacturers actually tried to one-up each other. When Cessna would come out with a new model, the other two members of GA's Big Three wou... Read more

Abundance at the Runway’s End

Abundance at the Runway’s End

June 2014- In our endless quest to find exciting places to point our airplanes, there are two undeniable factors that almost always dictate if any new destination is going to end up at the far end of a flight plan. And you'll be surprised to find out they have nothing to do with hundred-dollar hamburgers. Frankly, the Holy Gr... Read more

Aircraft Interiors: Tips and suggestions from SCS Interiors

Aircraft Interiors:  Tips and suggestions from SCS Interiors

Freshening up your aircraft’s interior can be an important update for many reasons. In addition to looking good, it increases your and your passengers’ comfort. New carpet and seat coverings often add value to your aircraft while reducing cockpit noise and vibration.  Many pilots dream of the day their airplane’s cock... Read more

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CA Proposition 65 Lawsuit Regarding Avga…

Alexandria, Va., Dec. 16, 2014 – Last week, California FBOs and fuel distributors settled a 2011 lawsuit regarding the sale of leaded aviation gasoline brought by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH). CEH filed the suit under California Proposition 65, a ballot initiative passed in 1985 that requires businesses to warn individuals exposed to hazardous chemicals. The original lawsuit sought to...

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Celebrate Women of Aviation with Free “F…

Celebrate Women of Aviation with Free “First” Flights for Females

(ALBUQUERQUE, NM) As part of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week 2015, Del Sol Aviation, Cutter Aviation, and pilot Dianna Stanger are hosting an opportunity for girls and women of all ages to take a free ride in a private aircraft March 2-8 during the Fly It Forward Challenge at Albuquerque International Sunport. In addition to the thrill of soaring over Albuquerque...

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Mayor Garcetti, Councilwoman Martinez an…

Investment by Clay Lacy Aviation, the airport's longest-term tenant, will create middle class jobs, boost the economy and generate millions of dollars in revenue to Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif. – Feb. 12, 2015) Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilwoman Nury Martinez (CD-6) today joined San Fernando Valley leaders in business, community and education to break ground on Clay Lacy...

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FAA Rule Correction Opens Door For Lower…

EAA maintains cost is key to meeting 2020 mandate EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (February 9, 2015) — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today published a technical correction in the Federal Register that allows future installations of ADS-B “out” equipment to meet performance standards of the appropriate Technical Standard Order (TSO) specifications without meeting the complete TSO requirements. EAA supports this...

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Arsenal of Democracy Flyover

February 4th, 2015- Honoring our Nation’s Greatest Generation: Arsenal of Democracy Aircraft to Take Flight over DC on the 70th Anniversary of VE Day. Seventy years ago today, Allied leaders met at the Yalta Conference in Crimea to begin their discussions of the structure of post-World War II Europe. To honor the heroes who fought in the War and those on the...

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Discovery Channel's "How It's Made…

Discovery Channel's "How It's Made" Finalizes Filming at Piper Aircraft

VERO BEACH, Fla. - Jan. 30, 2015 - The Discovery Channel's "How It's Made" documentary television series has completed filming at Piper Aircraft, culminating after two detail-intensive days in the factory and supporting departments. "When our Chamber of Commerce reached out to Piper as a potential feature for the documentary 'How It's Made', we were exceedingly enthusiastic to participate," reported Simon...

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'Women Soar You Soar' Helps High School-…

'Women Soar You Soar' Helps High School-Age Girls Discover Aviation at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

Registration for attendees, mentors now open for July 19-22 program EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (January 29, 2015) — EAA’s Women Soar You Soar day camp program, which allows 100 high school-age girls discover more about aviation and all its possibilities from aviators, engineers and leaders during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, is scheduled for July 19-22 and now open for registration. The...

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 To Host Worl…

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 To Host World-Record Skydiving Attempts During Afternoon Air Shows

Skydiving Hall of Fame to organize international teams of expert jumpers EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (January 22, 2015) — A world-record skydive attempt will be part of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, with an international team of top skydivers aiming to make history at The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 is July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport...

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EAA AirVenture 2015 Selects Clarity Care…

Local services agency has helped thousands over 40 years EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (January 21, 2015) — Oshkosh-based Clarity Care, Inc., will benefit from EAA's Runway 5K Run/Walk that will be held on Saturday, July 25, during the final weekend of the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 fly-in. For the past 11 years, EAA has partnered with local agencies for the...

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