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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

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, and why it’s still ... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Combustion Cabin Heaters: Are They Safe?

Combustion Cabin Heaters: Are They Safe?

November 2014- Yes, combustion cabin heaters can be very safe to operate when properly maintained. Pilots and owners need to take an active role in making sure these heaters receive the service they require to remain safe and reliable.      What do you know about your airplane's heater? Here is a minimum ... 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

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

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

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 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. Caribou an... 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

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

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

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Piper Seminole Approved For Garmin GFC7…

VERO BEACH, Fla. -October 29, 2014 - Piper Aircraft, Inc. has received Type Certificate change approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to incorporate the Garmin GFC700 flight control system in the Garmin G1000-equipped twin-engine Seminole aircraft. "Moving the Seminole aircraft equipped with G1000 avionics to the Garmin GFC700 is another step in giving buyers of new Piper airplanes the most modern...

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Anni Brogan Becomes President of Micro A…

October 2014- Anacortes, WA – After several years as the Flight Test Director and Vice President at Micro AeroDynamics, Ms. Anni Brogan has become President of the company. She succeeds Charles White, founder of Micro AeroDynamics, who remains active in the company. Ms. Brogan has become an authority on the technology of micro vortex generators. Working with the FAA, she has overseen...

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Aircraft Spruce Announces Customer Appre…

Aircraft Spruce will host its annual Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, October 4that all three of their locations. Visit Aircraft Spruce West at 225 Airport Circle in Corona, CA close to the Corona Airport(KAJO) from 7am-3pm, Aircraft Spruce East at 452 Dividend Drive in Peachtree City, beside Falcon Field(KFFC) from 8am-4pm, or Aircraft Spruce Canada at 150 Aviation Avenue at...

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Piper M-Class Approved by China

VERO BEACH, Fla. -Sept. 3, 2014-Piper Aircraft, Inc. received a Validation of Type Certificate issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for its top-of-the-line M-Class single-engine aircraft. The Piper M-Class series consists of the turboprop Piper Meridian, the pressurized piston-powered Piper Mirage and the unpressurized piston-powered Piper Matrix. "CAAC's approval of the Piper M-Class series is excellent news for...

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EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2014 FACTS AND FI…

August 2014- Comment from EAA Chairman Jack Pelton: "It was a tremendous week on many levels. We filled Wittman Regional Airport with aircraft for the first time in several years, with both aircraft camping and parking areas completely full at mid-week. The cooperation and support of the airport's east side community made possible the historic first appearance of the U.S. Air Force...

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Lockheed Martin Flight Services Approves…

YARMOUTH, Maine – July 28, 2014 – General aviation pilots can now fly safer and get help faster with their inReach satellite communicators linked to Lockheed Martin Flight Services (LMFS). DeLorme today announced that its inReach satellite communicator is now a supported device for the LMFS Adverse Condition Alerting Service (ACAS) and Surveillance-Enhanced Search and Rescue. Once an inReach device is...

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Hartzell Engine Technologies To Buy The …

Oshkosh, WI, July 29, 2014 — Representatives of Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC, announced today that the company has finalized an agreement to purchase the assets of Plane-Power, LTD. "When the opportunity came to acquire the Plane-Power line we saw it as having tremendous potential, not only to complement Hartzell's family of alternators, but to gain immediate access into new markets," Mike...

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Sennheiser Supports Aspiring Pilots as P…

Oshkosh, WI, July 28, 2014 — Aviation headset manufacturer Sennheiser announced that it will continue its support of the general aviation community as the premier sponsor of EAA's Eagle Flights program. Sennheiser is supporting EAA with products and financial resources, including two $1,500 scholarships that will be awarded to a pair of deserving pilots in training. As the premier sponsor...

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If you fly into MYR (Myrtle Beach Intern…

On August 4, 2014, Horry County Department of Airport (HCDA) will commence its $18.0 M runway 18/36 rehabilitation project at Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR). HCDA kindly asks for your assistance in helping us spread the word to your members and audience. Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), serving Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a popular stopping point for private aircraft owners...

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