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Affirmative Attitude by Dan Pimentel

Talking It Up

A healthy amount of creativity will generate something from nothing.            ... Read more

Affirmative Attitude by Dan Pimentel

Over Sandwiches and Sodas …

Sometimes, brilliant ideas that change our aviation world come from... Read more

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An Affirmative Attitude is…

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

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

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;... Read more

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

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

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... Read more

Shell Introduces its Unleaded 100 Octane Fuel

Shell Introduces its Unleaded 100 Octane Fuel

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more

The Dollars and Sense of Business Flying: A trip to Decatur, Ala.

The Dollars and Sense of Business Flying: A trip to Decatur, Ala.

You can’t get there from here? Yes you can… if you fly your own airplane!   I’ve been a fan of flying since I was a little kid—and I’m going to be 60 in February.... Read more

The Great American Airshow

The Great American Airshow

IN A TOUGH ECONOMY, AIRSHOWS ARE STILL RIDING A WAVE OF POPULARITY.   There are now more than 325 airshows held each year across North America drawing millions of spectators. This year, airshow promoters expect attendance numbers... Read more

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... Read more

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EAA AirVenture 2014 NOTAM Now Available …

  EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (April 18, 2014) — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), featuring arrival and departure procedures for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s 62nd annual fly-in convention July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The NOTAM, which is in effect July 25-August 4, outlines procedures for the many types of aircraft that...

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Piper Takes Trainer Orders from Universi…

  VERO BEACH, Fla., April 15, 2014 - Piper Aircraft, Inc. has taken orders for three twin-engine piston-powered Training Class Piper Seminole aircraft from the UND Aerospace Foundation who provides training and aircraft for the University of North Dakota's John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. The pilot training aircraft will be delivered later this year and join the Aviation Department's training...

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Find Treasure and You May Win a Headset.…

Find treasure in the Lightspeed Aviation Sun 'n Fun Treasure Hunt Join the Lightspeed team at Lakeland, Florida, April 1-6 for the 40th annual Sun 'n Fun International Fly-in & Expo. We'll be in Hanger D, booth 51-53, demonstrating our full line of products. This year we will be launching The Sun 'n Fun Treasure Hunt. Use your handheld GPS device or...

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Meet Aerobatic Superstars at Concorde Ba…

Superstars of Aerobatic Performers! WEST COVINA, CA -- Meet your favorite aerobatic performer up close and personal! Concorde Battery is pleased to announce that several popular airshow performers will be in our booth at Sun 'n Fun signing posters of their amazing performances captured on camera. Concorde Battery Hangar B, Booth B-50 & B-51 Tuesday, April 1st: Skip Stewart - 10:00 - 10:45 AMMike Goulian...

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EAA, FAA REACH AGREEMENT ON AIRVENTURE A…

Nine-year deal brings stability, eliminates possibility of another '2013 surprise' EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. – (March 21, 2014) – EAA and the Federal Aviation Administration have signed two agreements – a Settlement Agreement and a nine-year Reimbursable Agreement – that provide EAA with assurance of air traffic control services on a consistent basis through 2022 for the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh®...

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Help Build the "One Week Wonder…

    Attendees can participate and discover that homebuilts are accessible, affordable             EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (January 28, 2014) — The Experimental Aircraft Association is the home for those who build and restore aircraft and at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, the tens of thousands of attendees at “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” can share the building...

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Lightspeed Aviation Foundation 2014 Nomi…

  Portland, OR — January 6, 2014 — Each year, through its Pilot's Choice Awards, the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation recognizes a select group of deserving aviation nonprofit organizations that are actively promoting growth in aviation or using aviation to aid in humanitarian causes. Deadlines for the 2014 awards are rapidly approaching and the foundation is urging eligible groups to apply and interested parties to...

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Garmin Pilot and VIRB Integration

    Garmin is excited to announce even more integration and capabilities within Garmin Pilot, which are coming very soon. Customers who utilize version 6.0 of Garmin Pilot on iOS devices in conjunction with VIRB™, Garmin’s HD action camera, will be able to view live video simultaneously in Garmin Pilot.  In addition to viewing live video footage from VIRB within Garmin Pilot, the...

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100 "No Lead" announced by She…

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 one of the last common transportation fuels to contain lead and is used by light aircraft and helicopters. Shell’s new lead-free...

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  • 1012 Tempest Tech-Tip Changing Spark Plugs

    Although complaints from the field about Tempest spark plugs rarely occur, most take place immediately after their installation, reporting that the engine ran rough. If requested, we expeditiously send replacement plugs to get the customer back in the air ASAP and arrange to have the suspect plug(s) returned to us for analysis. Upon receipt, we inspect and test each one. In virtually all cases, after cleaning, the plugs test ok. So, what’s going on?

     

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  • 0912 Tempest Tech-Tip Oil Filter Magnets

    It’s well known that Tempest aviation oil filters are the only filters that contain a magnet. Why is that so; and why is it a good thing? While it’s easy to see big flakes of aluminum or brass in a filter element during filter inspection, it’s virtually impossible to
    see fine steel particles such as those that might come from lifter/cam wear or valve to guide wear. But, if these fines are missed, an incipient engine problem might too be missed. The magnet in the filter consolidates the fines so the mechanic can see them, and it keeps the fines out of circulation in the oil so that they do no harm.

     

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