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Piper’s Pest-Busting Airplanes: PA-25 & PA-36 Pawnee

Piper’s Pest-Busting Airplanes: 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... 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... Read more

Stallion 51’s Unusual Attitude Training

Stallion 51’s Unusual Attitude Training

  March 2014- When I looked up at the all-glass attitude indicator, for a moment I wasn’t quite sure what I was staring at. Instead of a nice horizon line separating a blue sky and brown terrain, the PFD instrument was showing almost all brown. A few seconds ago the airspeed indicator... 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... 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, Shane 1. Squawk 6666; contact... 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 for less money.  Garmin, arguably the... 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... Read more

Survival in a Bag

Survival in a Bag

Over the years I have relished the challenge of the efficiencies of packing. Early in my life, I owned a Corvair, notably short of space when packing for a 10-day vacation involving some camping along with some hoteling. When I was finished, the car held everything—but no more toothbrushes, please. Several... Read more

Treading into Unfamiliar Territory: PFA learns about tires and retreads at Desser Tire & Rubber Co.

Treading into Unfamiliar Territory: 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... Read more

Restoration on a Budget: Throttle Quadrant Upgrade

Restoration on a Budget: 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... 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... Read more

The Bear Hunting Cub: A highly modified PA-18 “Monster Cub”

The Bear Hunting 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... Read more

Dues That Do You Good: The value of Piper Flyer membership

Dues That Do You Good: The value of Piper Flyer membership

March 2014- For those of us that are Piper Flyer Association (PFA) members, we get it. For the cost of several gallons of Avgas each year, we’re members of this great organization. The value proposition is obvious; we get more out of the organization than it costs. For those pilots and... 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... Read more

The Perfect 10: Aircraft Interiors: Tips and suggestions from SCS Interiors

The Perfect 10: 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... Read more

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... Read more

‘Tis Better to Give: Our Brilliant Friday in the Bahamas

‘Tis Better to Give: 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... 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... 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... Read more

Noise Reduction Headsets

Noise Reduction Headsets

March 2014- Short of sitting in the front row of a Metallica concert for a few hours, there are few things that compare with the hearing damage a piston engine-powered airplane can cause. In fact, until recently, you could spot a longtime pilot at a social gathering by homing in on... Read more

PA-28 Engine Options from RAM Aircraft

June 2013 STC packages for your Cherokee If the engine on your PA-28-140 or PA-28-151 is getting tired and it’s time to do something about it, you have a few options to consider. You can get a factory rebuilt engine from Lycoming, an overhaul from an engine shop or install a brand-new... Read more

Refurbish, Repair or Replace: What do to when your fuel bladder fails

Refurbish, Repair or Replace: What do to when your 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... Read more

What’s in your survival/ditch kit?

What’s in your survival/ditch kit?

May 2013 Several months ago (“Heading Bug,” June 2012) columnist David Hipschman weighed in with his ideas about what to carry in your Piper for emergencies, and he shared what he carries: “Here’s what is currently in my ditch case. But I need to point out that it changes often as I... 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... Read more

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24-07-2014
Shell Aviation Activities Take Flight at Oshkosh

Houston, 24 July 2014: Visitors are invited to participate in a variety of exciting activities offered by the Shell Aviation team for this year's Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh. Branding news, AeroShell booth, technical forums and a 30 year anniversary celebration for a team of talented and skilled aviators is among what is in store by Shell Aviation to...

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22-07-2014
Piper to Exhibit M-Class, Twin-Class, Trainer-Class at AirVenture Oshkosh

VERO BEACH, Fla., July 22, 2014 - Piper Aircraft, Inc. will display nearly its entire aircraft product line during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, scheduled July 28 - Aug. 3. "There is no larger or greater general aviation venue in the world than AirVenture Oshkosh," said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. "Piper plans to take advantage of this huge gathering of...

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22-07-2014
ASA 2015 Catalogs Available Now!
ASA 2015 Catalogs Available Now!

Newcastle, WA-- ASA's new full-color, 48-page catalog showcasing the product line for 2015 is now available and ready for shipping. The 2015 Product Showcase includes product descriptions and pictures as well as order and pricing information for more than 600 educational training products and supplies for all types of aviators.   ASA's expanded line of training products provides students with what they...

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22-07-2014
NTSB to Participate in Annual Aviation Event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

July 22, 2014 WASHINGTON – National Transportation Safety Board Member Earl Weener and NTSB senior aviation investigators will participate at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual fly-in convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on July 28 – August 3. General aviation accidents account for the majority of aviation-related deaths in the United States and continue to be a safety priority for...

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22-07-2014
Sennheiser Brings Passion of Flight to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh with One Week Wonder, Able Flight and Fifth Annual 'Podapalozza'
Sennheiser Brings Passion of Flight to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh with One Week Wonder, Able Flight and Fifth Annual 'Podapalozza'

Oshkosh, WI – July 22, 2014: Aviation headset manufacturer Sennheiser [Tent 288, Wittman Regional Field] announced a packed agenda at this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh with sponsorships, a flight pinning ceremony and the fifth annual 'Podapalooza' social media gathering. For the duration of AirVenture, Sennheiser will be showcasing its best in class aviation headsets — the S1 family, including the...

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18-07-2014
Think Global Flight Resumes Around the World Flight to Promote Education

July 22, 2014, Burbank, CA. USA: Think Global Flight, in partnership with Ardwin Freight will depart from Burbank, CA for completion of its around the world flight to promote and inspire students in a Citation Mustang under Captain Judy Rice's command. Second Officer will be Ardwin Freight president and owner, Edwin Sahakain. This effort was launched in a Cirrus SR20 donated...

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10-07-2014
AirVenture Gets Bigger; So Does Sporty’s
AirVenture Gets Bigger; So Does Sporty’s

July 9, 2014- Sporty's welcomes showgoers to its big tent Sporty's will provide a shopping experience for showgoers who enter Sporty's big tent. Even larger than last year, Sporty's will show pilots what's new and what they need now in a 16,000-square foot display. "Sporty's has relocated its pilot shop to Oshkosh for the week," says Sporty's Vice President John Zimmerman. "We...

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10-07-2014
First Piper Meridian Delivered In Paraguay
First Piper Meridian  Delivered In Paraguay

VERO BEACH, Fla. - July 9, 2014 - Piper Aircraft Inc. recently delivered its first Piper Meridian single-engine turboprop to a customer in Paraguay. Piper Aircraft, Inc. confirmed that Fiorucci International Grain Production and Distribution of South America, located in the Paraguayan capital city of Asuncion, took possession of the plane this past week. The grain company will use the...

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02-06-2014
EAA COMMEMORATES 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY WITH SPECIAL MUSEUM ACTIVITIES ON JUNE 6-7
EAA COMMEMORATES 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY WITH SPECIAL MUSEUM ACTIVITIES ON JUNE 6-7

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (May 30, 2014) — The 70th anniversary of the massive D-Day invasion of World War II will be commemorated at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh on June 6-7, including programs with veterans of the Allied offensive that began on June 6, 1944. Friday, June 6, marks 70 years after 160,000 Allied troops landed along a...

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28-05-2014
Piper Mirage Named "Best of the Best Personal Aircraft" by Robb Report
Piper Mirage Named "Best of the Best Personal Aircraft" by Robb Report

VERO BEACH, Fla. - May 27, 2014 - Piper Aircraft's top-of-the-line piston-powered M-Class Mirage was named "Best of the Best Personal Aircraft for 2014" by the Robb Report.   "A pressurized cabin, six seats, and a full-size air-stair door are unusual features for a piston-powered single-engine aircraft, but they are part of the package with the Piper Mirage," wrote the luxury lifestyle magazine.   "While...

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