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Vero Vectors: Latest News From The Piper Aircraft Factory in Vero Beach, Fla.

November 2014-      Piper Aircraft has been busy. Busy adding to the 130,000 airplanes the company has built since it began with the iconic Cub over 75 years ago—and busy supporting...

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Full Circle: Big Pistons

November 2014- Nothing else quite compares to nudging a throttlethat's connected to a big radial engine.

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Destination: Reno Air Races

November 2014- The Reno Air Races,"The World's Fastest Motorsport,"just completed its 51st year of racing.

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Q&A: Returning a Tri-Pacer to service, and carbon contamination after a vacuum pump failure

November 2014- Q: Hi Steve,     I noticed that last month you answered a question about preserving an engine when an owner isn't going to fly for a while. I wish I...

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Push To Talk: Eddie's Cap

November 2014- Eddie taught me that it doesn't take a lot to be happy, even though you land a little left of centerline. I have a box in my garage filled with...

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Hartzell Engine Technologies Cabin Heater FAQ & Troubleshooting

Hartzell Engine Technologies Cabin Heater FAQ & Troubleshooting PDF. Click link below to download.

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PMA Parts: Myths and Facts

October 2014- Almost everything you've ever wanted to know about PMA parts: What they are, and what they're not. Where they come from. And why they're good for everyone who owns...

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Lightning Strike!

October 2014- Though it is rare, it does happen. It happened to me just last week.

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Piper Q&A: Pickling a Cherokee 235, power setting variables in an Arrow II

October 2014- Q: Hi Steve,     I fly a 1972 Piper Cherokee 235. I've owned it for 17 years and it's been a spectacular airplane that has fulfilled every travel need for...

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Left Coast Pilot: Desktop Flight Sims and Crosswind Landings

October 2014- A desktop simulator may help you correct chronic problems in your flying.

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Heading Bug: The Case of the Ride-Sharing Foolishness

October 2014- A contrarian rescued from crotchetiness is still a contrarian.      I sometimes think I have a love–hate relationship with General Aviation. Eventually that may turn true about just about anything...

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Installation, Training, and Use of Non-required/Supplemental Angle-of-Attack (AOA) Based Systems for General Aviation (GA) Airplanes

The FAA is promoting the use of AOA-based systems to reduce GA accidents caused by loss-of-control (LOC). The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC), including its Safety Assessment Team (SAT)...

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Engine Preservation for Active and Stored Aircraft

Engines in aircraft that are flown only occasionally may not achieve normal service life because of corrosion. This occurs when moisture from the air and products of combustion combine to...

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AirPooler FAA Interpretation

Dear Ms. MacPherson, This letter responds to your request for legal interpretation sent to my office on May 19, 2014, on behalf of your client, AirPooler, Inc. As set forth in...

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Leading Edge: Personal Locator Beacons

September 2014- Five-and-a-half years ago, Search and Rescue Satellite (SARSAT) monitoring of the 121.5 MHz and 243 MHz emergency frequencies ceased. Citing statistics that indicated many more false alarms than...

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Destination: Los Angeles

September 2014- Aviation-themed restaurants are fairly common—the 94th Aero Squadron chain comes to mind—but in Los Angeles you'll find one that's in a class by itself: The Proud Bird, located...

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Push To Talk: Line Up and Wait

September 2014- If you haven't lined up and waited yet, you will. As most of you likely know, our ATC brethren recently retired the phrase "taxi into position and hold...

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Full Circle: Thunderstorm Teacher

September 2014- I'm writing this at the very beginning of this year's thunderstorm season while I'm conducting a pseudo-class on that very subject for a young pilot acquaintance. Today, we...

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Q&A: Fuel hose rerouting and gauge replacement options

September 2014- Q: Hi Steve,I have a 1968 Arrow 180 and I am trying to determine the proper routing for the fuel hose between the electric fuel pump and the...

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A total renovation of the PA-31

In 1967, Piper Aircraft began marketing a six- to eight-seat cabin-class twin known as the PA-31 Navajo. Several variants were produced, including a T1000 series aimed at the commuter airline...

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We’ve Been Everywhere, Man

August 2014- I've been everywhere, man.I've been everywhere, man.Crossed the deserts bare, man.I've breathed the mountain air, man.Of travel I've had my share, man.I've been everywhere.—"I've Been Everywhere," adapted by Hank...

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Insight Avionics GX-MFT: A combination manifold pressure, fuel flow, tachometer

August 2014- The new Insight Avionics GX-MFT offers three engine function displays in one easy-to-read, three-inch LED instrument. The instrument shows manifold pressure, fuel flow and a tachometer display, plus...

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The Cataract Trap

August 2014- The most commonly performed operation worldwide is cataract surgery. By the time you reach the age 65, you most likely have the beginnings of cataracts in one or...

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Your Torque Wrench: Is it working properly?

August 2014- Interestingly enough, most of the times when we use our torque wrenches, it's not so much the torque we're interested in. It's the amount of tension or crushing...

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Flying into the Future

August 2014- I have lately been thinking about the future. The thoughts arise because my children are suddenly grown-up beings with independent lives of their own—and it is clear that...

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Instrument Training, a Poker Run—and Fatigue

August 2014- A couple of months ago, my longtime flight instructor (and friend) Larry called to ask if I'd be available as copilot for a trip to Santa Ana, in...

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Piper Flyer Association Timeline

June 2004 – The Cessna Flyer Association is launched. We set up shop in Jennifer Dellenbusch's basement at "The Ranch" in Iola, Wis. Sawhorses and 4x8-foot boards fill in for...

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Bleeding The Piper PA-28, PA-32 and PA-34 Brake System

August 2014- For as long as I can remember, bleeding the brakes on the Cherokee family of aircraft (all PA-28, PA-32 and PA-34 models) has been a problem. For years...

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Q&A: POH, AOH and AFM Explained

Q: Dear Steve,I own a 1966 Piper Cherokee 180. Another pilot on my airport owns a much newer Archer III with flat panel avionics. He asked if I wanted to...

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Flight Training for the Owner Pilot

July 2014- I have one student who uses his plane to go from Palm Beach to Marsh Harbor every other week; another who goes to Asheville N.C., once a month...

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AirVenture Fundamentals

July 2014- This year will mark my 18th year attending the annual AirVenture fly-in in Oshkosh. It is also the 10th anniversary of the Piper Flyer Association (to be celebrated...

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Full Circle: Getting Lost

July 2014- While I'm sitting at my desk and writing this, we are currently three weeks into the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 brouhaha. In case you've been in another star...

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Push To Talk: Law According to Teddy

July 2014- When I met Teddy, he'd just gotten out of jail. The barely five-foot-tall Montana rancher was deep into his eighties and had fought a lifelong cat-and-mouse game with...

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From Generating to Alternating: Running on Plane-Power

  July 2014- I've always liked generators. Unlike alternators, they will provide electrical power even if the battery is dead since generators depend on residual magnetism to provide the lines of...

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The Mystery Oil debate, and the multiple ways to accomplish AD 68-05-01

July 2014- Q: Hi Steve,I'm the proud owner of a 1949 Piper PA-11. The engine is a Continental C-90-8.I don't fly as often as I should. Due to some work...

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Left Coast Pilot: Stalls and Autopilots

June 2014- We all learned to do stalls (however reluctantly) in our primary flight training, and demonstrated them to the satisfaction of an examiner in order to get our licenses...

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Heading Bug: Stalls & Spins & Skills, Oh My! Or, Visit your CFI Lately?

June 2014- As I write this, with a glance at the calendar, I realize I have combined my interest in flying and putting words on paper for almost exactly 13...

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Q&A: Power connections in the backcountry, a new glareshield and auto gas questions

June 2014- Q: Hi Steve,I fly my Piper Cherokee 235 a lot. I like to fly to remote strips to hike and fish. Sometimes I'm gone for up to a week.It...

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Leading Edge: Engine Monitoring- Predicting the Future with Electronics

June 2014- Traditionally, a pilot has had one EGT gauge and one CHT gauge that he or she would use to keep track of the performance of an engine. The...

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Heading Bug: The Demise of the Paper Chart

December 2013- If you are a fan of “Antiques Roadshow” or a saver of things with the barely recognized thought that they might someday be worth enough that a grandchild...

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Push To Talk- Flying On Down the Trail

May 2014- Thanks to Hollywood, I grew up in a world filled with cowboys. They had great names like Chance and Colorado and Paladin. And these cowboys always had a...

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Louisville: My Old Kentucky Home

May 2014- Cities large and small often have an event once a year that draws regional or even national attention. Cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles are such...

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Questions and Answers- In search of new adventures, Tomahawk performance mods and seatbelt airbags

March 2014- Q: Dear Steve, I own a Piper PA-28-180. It’s just the right airplane for me. I have a small ranch strip and I’m doing okay. I ran a dairy...

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Full Circle- A Long-Ago Lesson

May 2014- I was having dinner with Bob Welter, a friend of mine who has been a General Aviation pilot for many years and has owned and operated a number...

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Piper Flyer’s Guide to the PA-23 Apache Part II: Flying and Ownership

May 2014- Last month, I discussed the history and maintenance of the PA-23 Apache. But as a longtime owner, I have some insights about flying and owning an Apache, too...

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Two-Seat T-Tailed Trainer PA-38 Tomahawk

May 2014- It was a rather long road to certification for the airplane which eventually became the Tomahawk, with lots of starts and stops along the way.  Piper began design of...

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Piper Flyer’s Guide to the PA-23 Apache- Part I: History and Maintenance

April 2014- The PA-23 Apache was Piper’s first twin engine aircraft. In 1952 Piper began construction and testing of a prototype, but the original design—with 125 hp engines, a twin...

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An Inexpensive Avionics Upgrade: Is it Possible?

April 2014- So you go to the airport on a Saturday morning where you share flying stories and tell outright lies with your friends. And during lulls in the conversation...

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Left Coast Pilot- How High Can You Fly?

April 2014- How high can you fly? That’s a question that’s bothered me for quite a while now. The San Francisco sectional I use regularly has some green in the...

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Heading Bug- Why Mystery Can Remind Us

April 2014- It is good to be reminded—although the reminder is a tragic one—that mystery and the unknown exists in what is arguably humankind’s most technological endeavor: aviation. As I...

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GAMI’s Steady March Toward a New Avgas

April 2014- In 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act were enacted. In 1995 the industry and the FAA started seriously searching for an unleaded 100 octane avgas. In the...

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Piper Q&A- The perfect fuel measuring stick, replacing a lead acid battery

April 2014- Q: Any chance of a stick for measuring fuel when the outboard-most tank has fuel, but is not yet full to brim? The wing gauge is okay for the inboard...

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Piper Aerostar Super 700

Almost 50 years after it was designed, the Aerostar remains both an enigma and the hottest GA piston twin in the world. Its reputation for performance comes hand in hand...

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Full Circle - Audio Journey

As most of you have undoubtedly already heard, it has often been alleged that life is a journey, not a destination. Traveling that journey, I recently took a turn up...

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Q&A: Stuck Exhaust Nuts, and a Shaky Airplane after Annual

Q: Hi Steve, My mechanic just called me to say that the exhaust nuts are stuck on the studs on my Lycoming engine. He said the nuts are very eroded and...

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The View from Here: Looking Up

It was July 21, 1969. A warm summer evening in Norwalk, Calif. My dad had our telescope set up in the backyard and we were all taking turns looking up...

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Position Report: If I Were King

The rising cost of flying, coupled with shrinking discretionary income, combined with a weak economy and an unfriendly political environment has taken its toll on the industry. I read in...

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Push To Talk: A Six Percent Solution?

Recently King Mswatii III of Swaziland announced he might like to take a wife, and immediately more than 50,000 women showed up to parade in front of him—most of them...

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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...

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The PA-18 Super Cub

December 2005- It was the last of the old-time bush and utility planes. It was in production longer than it takes for a human to go from birth to embarrassing...

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Electronic Flight Bag: Do-it-yourself Style

December 2005- Many pilots dream about adding an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) to their flight equipment and throwing away 40 pounds of paper. You will see many advertised for $2,500...

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How Do “They” Know?

December 2005- Some years ago I was listening to a conversation among a few pilots and happened to overhear the statement, “How do they find out?” This was in reference...

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Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do

November 2005- Let me say up front that this isn’t one of those broken-heart stories that country singers like to warble about. Nothing like that. The breakup between me and my...

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Garmin 396

I felt like a kid at Christmas time—and the UPS man was Santa. The email I had received said that the Garmin 396 I had ordered had shipped and should...

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IFR Single Engine Safety

With the increasing use of single-engine aircraft for actual IFR flight, it is important to understand and properly maintain the pneumatic system that operates the gyroscopic instruments. Reliable aircraft operations...

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Curtiss Museum Revisited

December 2005- In the February 2005 issue of Piper Flyer, we did a feature story on a particular historic aviation event that occurred nearly a century earlier in Upstate New...

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Balancing Act

December 2005- One of the more overlooked and certainly misunderstood areas of aircraft maintenance may be prop balancing. While most aircraft owners would never drive their car with the tires...

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Destination: Flabob

November 2005- After a long week of work and the first day of beautiful skies, I was able to go flying. When I took off and the tower cleared me for...

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The PA-31 and Its Kinfolk

November 2005- In October of 1958, Piper proposed a twin-engine version of the successful Comanche single. This was not the PA-30 Twin Comanche, planning of which had begun two years...

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Flying the PA-31

November 2005- Our charter company operated a 1970 model PA-31-310 Navajo for several years. We purchased it out in California, took the insurance-required flight training and flew it home to...

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Wake Turbulence

November 2005- If you operate your aircraft into large busy airports, this comment from the tower controller has almost become a cliché. “Caution wake turbulence,” your trusty government employee will...

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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...

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AirVenture

October 2005- AirVenture is not one show, but a hub of many activities going on simultaneously. The EAA group now attracts warbirds, major General Aviation manufacturers, aircraft modifiers, aircraft kit...

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Flying the Warrior

October 2005- I had spent hours in the 1976 Warrior II (PA-28-151) working on my instrument rating. It was 1989, I was 19 years old and was going to college...

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Penn Yan Aero

October 2005- Penn Yan Aero in Penn Yan, N.Y. has been in the aviation engine overhaul business for a long time now—60 years—and they’ve maintained an excellent reputation for good...

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The Airplane They Named a Wing After

October 2005- Few airplanes qualify as icons: Say the name, and everyone (within reason) will know what you mean, though this can sometimes be misleading. Say “Cessna,” and everyone will...

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Fog

October 2005- It is the mildest of weather conditions facing pilots, and yet it can be the most deadly. It creeps in on “little cat’s feet” but can make even the...

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Destination: Bahamas

October 2005- I dream in color. Azure blue, coral pink, sunset orange. The silver of clouds when seen with the sun hitting them from above. Tropical fish colors and sea...

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Visual Instruments Voltage Monitors

September 2005- General Aviation aircraft standard instrumentation includes an ammeter or current load meter to monitor your electrical system. Electrical power is a combination of Volts x Amps = Watts...

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The Short Wing Pipers

September 2005- The design must have been perfect, because every Piper built until 1948 used exactly the same wing. Of course, that made for good manufacturing economies, which was one...

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ELT Operations and Maintenance

September 2005- The federal requirement for ELTs started out as a Congressional amendment to the OSHA act of 1970. A group of Senators were lost in an aircraft accident in...

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Cheap Maintenance

September 2005- You can find it at almost every General Aviation airport. A little sign on the bulletin board, or a business card taped to the self-serve gas pump, advertising...

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The Value of Oil Analysis

As an airplane owner, you have a substantial investment in the engine of your aircraft. In some instances, the value of the engine (or engines) may exceed the value of...

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In The Beginning

 “…with a rising shriek, the speed began to rise rapidly and large patches of red heat became visible. The engine was obviously out of control. All the personnel went down...

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Dreams Do Come True

It’s been said everyone has a story. It’s also been said that everyone has a dream. My story has its beginning in the 1930s when my grandfather took his first...

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Destination: Canadian Sojourn

September 2005- Take 26 General Aviation aircraft, 26 “Type A” personality pilots, 35 high-intensity guests, eight international and Canadian journalists… and what do you have? The Canadian International Air Rally! Catherine...

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Tugs, Tows and Winches

July 2005- When you take flying lessons, you learn the basics of moving an airplane on the ground. At first, you’ll help your instructor, then you’ll do the moving under...

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Finding the True Flight GPS

July 2005- When I recently changed aeronautical directions by selling my light twin and moving into a two-seat sport airplane, I knew that I needed to also change my entire...

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Piper Seneca III-V

July 2005- One time-tested way to create a light twin is to take a single, remove the engine, and replace it with two engines on the wings. Sometimes the engines...

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California to Oshkosh and Back

Oshkosh! It is said that all pilots should visit EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport (OSH) in Oshkosh, Wis. at least once in their lives. For me, the idea of...

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Preparing for Winter

October 2005 While it may seem early to write about the coming winter, fall is the season to prepare. Preparing your aircraft will make operating during winter much easier, safer and...

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Fog

October 2005/ It is the mildest of weather conditions facing pilots, and yet it can be the most deadly. It creeps in on "little cat's feet" but can make even the...

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It’s Never Too Hot to Think about Ice

September 2005/ You might think that this season of the year is an unusual time to have a discussion about aircraft icing. Not really. All you have to do is climb...

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Sentimental Journey

September 2005/ Sentimental Journey is an old-fashioned sort of fly-in. It is a gathering of the like-minded more than an exhibition, a sharing of things rather than simply a selling of...

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Left Coast: Airways, Waypoints, Trees… and a Very Cold Start

Two flights over the final two months of 2013 illustrate issues that have been bothering me for some time. First, a disconnect between the thinking of ATC and pilots; second...

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Heading Bug: The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act

The issue of medical certification for private pilots is a deeply personal one for me, which makes the creating of this column even more self-reflective than most of the writing...

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The characteristics and potential of a Super Cub, hot start issues with a Piper Arrow

Q: Hi Steve, I’m thinking about buying a tube and fabric taildragger and I’ve heard a lot about the Piper Super Cub. But when I look at a Super Cub...

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No Tower, No Problem: Copperstate Fly-in doesn’t miss a beat

Since its first event in 1972, the Copperstate Fly-in has been bringing together aviation enthusiasts in the southwest United States. Copperstate is the largest fly-in of its type in the western...

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Full Circle: Collisions, Part Three

There are a number of ways to provide some assurance that airplanes won't run into each other while airborne, and nearly all of them have been put to use at...

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Push To Talk - Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

There you are, sitting in your airplane, in the dark, in the middle of nowhere—maybe even miles from nowhere—it’s raining, and you’re reading back your clearance to the controller. As if...

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Q&A: Damage to a Comanche airbox coupling, primer lines for a Lycoming engine, and a noisy gear extension

Q: Hi Steve, One of the other Comanche owners stopped by as I was working on the engine of my 1960 Comanche 180 and asked if I knew where he could...

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Cody, Wyo.: A still-small town in the big American West

Have you ever traveled through a town in a hurry and thought to yourself, I ought to come back here sometime when I can stop and smell the roses…? During my...

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You’re My One and Only: the Factory-Restored Chieftain

Whether it’s a sports car or an electronic device, a from-the-factory restoration can be a major selling point. It was no different for Ariel Quintela, a Florida-based pilot who was...

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Impossible to Forget

“Roooaarr!............ Whuump!............ Crap! It was Feb. 11, 1996. I had been in Durham, N.C. on business the last two days. I was a little ahead of schedule so I took...

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Heading Bug - The Demise of the Paper Chart

If you are a fan of "Antiques Roadshow" or a saver of things with the barely recognized thought that they might someday be worth enough that a grandchild will remember...

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Cleanliness is Next… on the Checklist: Proper cleaning of an aircraft

As an authorized inspector I see a lot of neglected aircraft. Many suffer from corrosion and other damage associated with not keeping the aircraft clean or using improper chemicals and...

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Q&A: Converting a Navajo’s air conditioner and creating a fuel dipstick for a Comanche

Q: Hi Steve, I am planning to buy a nice Piper PA-31-310 Navajo. I’ve got my eye on one that’s based locally and I really like this airplane. It does burn...

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Left Coast - Sharing the Sky with Robots—and ADS-B

The weather’s still pretty good as I write—though we’ve had a few cloudy days, and winter rain, fog and ice are just a couple of months away. Nonetheless, I’ve been...

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CalPilots’ Big Meet

The 2013 California Pilots Association (CalPilots) annual meeting, “California Dreamin’,” was much bigger and better attended than past CalPilots get-togethers. Jolie Lucas and Mitch Latting are recognized for their inspired...

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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...

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Survival in a Bag: Aviator's Tool Kit

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...

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Tugs, Tow Bars and Winches

August 2013 When you take flying lessons, you learn the basics of moving an airplane on the ground. At first, you’ll help your instructor, then you’ll do the moving under his...

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Six Days, Seven Nights… One IFR Ticket

August 2013 Jacob Eiting is an innovator and a broad thinker. He works as a software engineer by day, creating learning games in Spanish and other languages, and at night, he...

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Seneca Chronicle Part 02

August 2013 Piper had success with its twin-engine Seneca, but complaints of poor handling had plagued the early models and Piper had been on a quest for more power and better...

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Questions and Answers: Advantages of a Cherokee Six 300, ADC Oil Filters and a Service Bulletin for PA-24s

August 2013 Q: Hi Steve, I’d like your recommendations for a Piper airplane that I can use to haul building supplies, gear, and people back and forth from a paved airport to...

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Flight Test: Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six

August 2013 “There are two Diwys in my life,” said Barry Colvin with a wry grin, “but only one of them is temperamental.” He didn’t volunteer any further information, and since I...

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(Almost) Worry-Free in the Wind

August 2013 When Noel Allen surveyed aircraft damaged in windstorms he found a pattern. The tiedown rings on most of the PA-28 Cherokee series had broken. He noticed something else, too: the...

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Left Coast Pilot: Planes, Trains and Buses!

August 2013 Regular readers of this column will know that my wife and copilot, Kate Bolton, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last fall. I am happy to report that after surgery...

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Heading Bug: Are We Fooling Ourselves about Flying’s Future?

August 2013-  Before you begin reading this column I feel that I should warn you that it does not have a happy ending. But maybe the ending has not yet been...

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Seneca Chronicle Part 01

July 2013 If at first you don’t succeed, don’t “tri” again. But Piper’s trimotor testing wasn’t all for naught. What do you do when you’ve completed initial testing of a new version...

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Questions and Answers: CAR 3 Aircraft, Comanche and Arrow III Stall Warning Systems

July 2013-  Q: Hi Steve, I am a member of a flying club and a Sunday flyer. One thing our club does on a monthly basis is fly-outs. We usually get 15...

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Push To Talk: The Last Best Thing to Do

July 2013-  In 1893, the Dalton Gang attempted to rob two banks at the same time in Coffeyville, Kan. All the members were gunned down by armed citizens and died in...

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Destination: Texas Hill Country

August 2013 Texas Hill Country lies roughly in the geographic center of the state. It’s an area of rolling hills dotted with oak and cypress that includes of all or part...

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Leading Edge: News and Reviews of Apps and Avionics

July 2013-  Avionics is where the action is (and has been!) for some time in aviation. It seems as if each month brings a new, relatively low-cost gadget or app designed...

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Hits ‘n Misses

August 2005-  Every year in April, I set off to go to the annual EAA event in Lakeland, Fla., commonly known as Sun ‘n Fun. Armed only with a press pass and...

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Flying the True Flight GPS

August 2005-  Last month I spoke about my hunt for a navigation system to go into my new sport airplane and, after investigating the possibilities, I settled on a portable GPS...

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Corrosion

August 2005-  Have you ever wondered where those, one-eyed brown gremlins, commonly referred to as rust or oxidation come from? These growing creatures can destroy an aircraft faster than a student...

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Common Oil Cooler Woes

August 2005-  Being employed in a position where several hundred as-removed aircraft oil coolers pass within my view each and every month, year after year, very likely means that I’ve seen...

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Great Alaska Aviation Gathering

July 2013 Over 275 exhibitors come to Alaska, the “flyingest” state in the union.  It was cold when we arrived in Anchorage for the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering—unseasonably so, we were told...

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Full Circle: C-47A, Part Two

July 2013 I had wrangled myself an invitation to see and fly a particularly historic C-47A… (Note: The parenthetical passages are from Ernest K. Gann’s novel, “Island in the Sky.”) Last time...

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Piper Saratoga

August 2005-  Piper compares today’s normally aspirated Saratoga II HP and turbocharged Saratoga II TC to SUVs. A friend who owned a 1981 fixed-gear Saratoga called his airplane a flying pickup...

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Defining Commercial Operations

August 2005-  In the wake of 9/11 and the massive government reorganization that followed, it was inevitable that some government agencies would have different rules and guidelines for defining specific operations...

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Piper’s Bug-Zapping, Weed-Whacking Pawnees

June 2005-  The Piper Pawnee is a working airplane, an employee that is paid by the hour and usually does hot, dirty jobs, often seven days a week. It’s not likely that...

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Hog Log: Take the Day Off 06-05

June 2005-  What a great day! It is warm without being hot. There is a slight breeze and even the mosquitoes are only buzzing and not biting. You are at the...

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A Crosswind Lesson

June 2005-  One day I was out shooting approaches from Long Beach, Calif. airport. Judging from the blimp on the ground, the winds were not strong. However, by the time I was...

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ADs, SBs, NPRMs and You

June 2005-  If you are an airplane owner, you undoubtedly already know what an AD is. Airworthiness Directives are issued by the FAA to address mechanical safety of flight issues that...

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The Eklund Hotel

June 2005-  Longtime friends Kendyl and Barbara Monroe finally decided to retire, leave New York City and move back home to the family ranch near Clayton, N.M. 10 years ago. All this...

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Sun ‘n Fun 2005

June 2005-  Originally organized in 1974 as a weekend-long event, the annual EAA fly-in at Lakeland, Fla. has continued to grow in size and stature each year since. Known in the industry...

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Bumps and Circuits: Collecting Aviation Art in Miniature 06-05

June 2005-  I’d really like to have more aviation art hanging about. As a group, aviation artists have matured immensely over the past three decades to the point where it’s not...

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Aircraft Logbooks

June 2005-  If you had to pick the single most misunderstood aspect of aircraft ownership, logbooks would certainly be at or near the top of the list. All owners know they...

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Roll Your Own Reservations

May 2005-  Philadelphia Eagles in Superbowl XXXVIX, which was played for the first time in Jacksonville, Fla. I was there. Not at the game, at Jacksonville. This is what charter pilots...

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Destination San Carlos

August 2005-  Nestled under the San Francisco Class B airspace, 20 miles south of the downtown area, San Carlos airport of Santa Clara county (SQL) is the closest General Aviation airport...

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Questions and Answers 06-05

June 2005-  Q: I am thinking of buying a 1959 PA-24-180 and am interested in knowing of any maintenance issues of which I need to be aware. The airplane is current...

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Left Coast Pilot: Mountains, Waves, Headwinds and Flat Tires and Mexico 06-05

Left Coast Pilot: Mountains, Waves, Headwinds and Flat Tires and Mexico 06-05

June 2005-  Take a good look at the clouds in the picture on the facing page. Notice the sharp edges, and how they look stacked up, almost like pancakes? Trust me...

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Hog Log: Can’t We All Just Get Along? 06-05

June 2005-  Brothers and Sisters, can we all come together for this article on peace and harmony between and betwixt our little airplane and big airplane families? Must we always have...

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Full Circle: Training for Possibilities, Part One 06-05

June 2005-  I was recently on a flight with a friend of mine in his light twin, and something occurred that made me realize I should have been more prepared. While it’s...

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Pirep: King Practical 05-05

May 2005-  I have long felt that the most significant dangers GA pilots face are related to their own judgment rather than their skill at the mechanics of flying. I’m sure...

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Left Coast Pilot: Time to Change Planes? 05-05

May 2005-  I have a decision to make, which is keeping me from sleep at the moment. For the past six months, I’ve been trying to find a partner for N16460—or...

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Flying for Profit

May 2005-  Jay Taffet is a new member of the Piper Flyer Association. He lives in Montgomery, Ala. and, like many of you, flies his Piper Arrow recreationally every weekend and...

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Quality Time

May 2005-  If you have been wondering where I have been the last few months, the answer is, “out flying.” In the last 60 days I have logged just under 150 flight...

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Hog Log: Aliens Envy Us 05-05

May 2005-  Aviation has a very short history when you compare it to something like sailing or horseback riding. Only a little over a hundred years of experience and look how...

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Full Circle: Twin Checkout 05-05

May 2005-  Unless you’ve previously owned or flown something very much like the new airplane you’ve just acquired, getting a new airplane means you now need to get yourself up to...

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Do It Yourself!

May 2005-  Doing some of the maintenance and refurbishing to your own airplane will give you a great deal of satisfaction, give you greater confidence in the reliability of your airplane...

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Bumps and Circuits 05-05

May 2005-  “Making an airport outta a golf course was about the fairest thing I ever heard of.” Our friend L.G. Poteet, South Texas rancher, pilot and part-time oil millionaire, finally found...

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The New Piper Archer III

May 2005-  Let’s get the top-line item out of the way first: The Archer III is a very expensive airplane. New Piper Aircraft, Inc., doesn’t list a standard price on the...

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San Diego Air & Space Museum

May 2005-  Imagine a supersonic jet fighter that takes off and lands on water skis. Sounds insane, doesn’t it? You might think so, but the U.S. Navy built and flew four...

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Piper Flyer Holiday Gift Guide

Garmin D2 Pilot Watch-Move over, Dick Tracy: a new era in nifty watches has arrived. The new Garmin D2 Pilot does everything but catch the bad guys. GPS enabled with...

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Hypoxia: The Silent Killer

Hypoxia: The Silent Killer

July 2013 - "I don't go that high," came the reply to my question asking why a pilot had never had hypoxia training. After asking how high the pilot typically flew...

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2010 articles

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2009 articles

2009 articles will be available soon.

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Overhauls versus Rebuilds

June 2013 Poplar Grove Airmotive outlines two types of overhauls, and clarifies what constitutes a rebuilt engine. Although the terms “overhaul” and “rebuild” are sometimes used interchangeably, there really is a difference—and...

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Heading Bug: Death in the Sky, and Other Statistical Tales

June 2013 In general the aviation community has always seen research and study of such tragedies as tools for learning to keep the rest of safe. Twice this past month friends of...

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Bearing Play: How Much is Too Much?

Bearing Play: How Much is Too Much?

June 2013 Useful tips for understanding your airplane’s turbocharger. We get calls every week from someone across the country regarding bearing play. During pre-buy, annual inspections and routine maintenance, the common practice...

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Sticky Situations: Causes and Cures for Stuck Valves

June 2013 Sticking valves are a relatively common problem on aircraft piston engines. Lycoming Service Bulletin 388 addresses the need to regularly check clearance and provides a procedure to clean carbon...

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Piper Arrow: Hitting the Mark for 46 Years

Piper Arrow: Hitting the Mark for 46 Years

June 2013 It’s 1967 and you want to buy a new single-engine retractable. What are your options? Beech, Cessna, Mooney and Piper all have offerings, but you’re a loyal Piper flyer...

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PFA Engine Resource Guide

June 2013 A directory of Piper Flyer supporters Many of these companies offer multiple products and services but for the sake of this guide we are listing only specific categories. Please visit...

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Engine Overhauls 101

Engine Overhauls 101

June 2013 Insider’s guide to getting the best bang for your engine overhaul buck. Life’s funny that way. One day you’re flying your Cherokee 180 along without a care in the world...

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Have you ever been to SUN n’ FUN?

Have you ever been to SUN n’ FUN?

June 2013 PFA’s assistant director visits one of the biggest aviation celebrations in the world. Well, this year, I had the privilege to visit Lakeland, Fla. for the very first time to...

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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...

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Consider Yourself Part of the Aviation Family

Consider Yourself Part of the Aviation Family

05-13 I have been a faithful member of Piper Flyer Association ever since my first issue arrived in our mailbox almost a decade ago. I can vividly recall a recent issue in...

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Cub on Floats

Cub on Floats

05-13 Flying Mr. Piper’s 1930s classic off water may seem straightforward to tailwheel pilots, but has some novel hazards. Photos: Keith Wilson The J-3 is an amazingly versatile little airplane that taught thousands...

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Cheap Trick

Cheap Trick

05-13 Here you are happily flying along, getting ready to land when you realize the carpet is bunched up under the rudder pedals. Yikes! This could be bad. It’s happened enough...

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No-Drip Oil Change Challenge

No-Drip Oil Change Challenge

May 2013 With some simple tools and a steady hand, you’ll leave no trace of your work—except what you’ve documented in the log. Oil in the wrong place is the gift that...

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Destination: Cambria, Calif.

Destination: Cambria, Calif.

05-13 It’s a cool Saturday in March when we arrive in Cambria, Calif. for a weekend visit. We are greeted warmly at the front desk of the Cambria Pines Lodge, but...

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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...

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SHORT WING TAILDRAGGER IN THE BAHAMAS

SHORT WING TAILDRAGGER IN THE BAHAMAS

04-13 Redheaded Copilot asked me where we should take our 2013 winter vacation. The last couple of years, we’d taken cruises. I suggested it would be adventurous to take our PA-22/20 tube...

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Seminole Pirep

Seminole Pirep

04-13  “Wow!” That’s what I said after just over an hour in the left seat of N290ND, a 1998 PA-44-180 Seminole. While I already had 10 hours of multi-engine dual (mainly...

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The Seminal Seminole

The Seminal Seminole

04-13 Piper began work on a lower cost replacement for the PA-39 Twin Comanche in 1974. The “Twin Arrow”—Project 10—was headed by Grahame Gates at Piper Aircraft’s Lakeland plant. Original specs called...

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Look Inside Your Engine—From the Cockpit! An Insight G3 Engine Monitor Pirep Part 2: Installation

Look Inside Your Engine—From the Cockpit! An Insight G3 Engine Monitor Pirep Part 2: Installation

02-13 In part one of my Insight engine monitor pirep (Piper Flyer, January 2013), I described the G3 engine monitor’s operation and its diagnostic and data logging capabilities. This month, I’ll focus...

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A Great Milestone: Piper’s 75th Anniversary

A Great Milestone: Piper’s 75th Anniversary

02-13 After five to six months of planning a special edition of Piper Flyer with its ever-so-cool genealogy pullout chart, Jen and I were on a plane to corporate headquarters of...

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Your Plane’s Plastic: What to do when it’s time to replace your airplane’s interior

Your Plane’s Plastic: What to do when it’s time to replace your airplane’s interior

03-13 Nothing improves the looks of a plane more than paint and interior. Many of us have wanted to change the look of our airplane’s interior plastic by either replacing it or...

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Airport Data (and more) Your Way: Flight Guide evolves from paper to electronic data

Airport Data (and more) Your Way: Flight Guide evolves from paper to electronic data

03-13 I’ve been a Flight Guide user for longer than I can remember. For many years one of the iconic little brown loose-leaf binders covering the Western States had a place...

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Archer: Tried-and-True Trainer

Archer: Tried-and-True Trainer

02-13 By the time the Piper Cherokee Archer came to market in 1974 the Cherokee line had been in production for 13 years and had yielded many variations. The Archer was the...

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Destination: Indiana’s Grand Hotel

Destination: Indiana’s Grand Hotel

03-13 Use the phrase “grand hotel” in a sentence and your listener is likely to conjure up an image of the alabaster structure located on Michigan’s Mackinac Island. The term “grand hotel”...

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Left Coast Pilot – A Lot More Flying Than I Expected!

Left Coast Pilot – A Lot More Flying Than I Expected!

April 2013 I ended my February column by saying that I expected to be flying a lot less, given my wife's cancer diagnosis. In fact, I'm delighted (and more than a...

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Piper Aircraft Timeline

November 2012   1925-1926  North Star Aerial Corp. founded at Rochester, N.Y. by Clarence Gilbert and Gordon Taylor using a restored Curtiss Jenny 1928  Moved to Bradford, Penn. and formed the Taylor...

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Sennheiser S1 Headset Pilot

November 2012   Recently I flew with my friend Dean in his single engine aircraft. I was photographing our friend’s newest airplane, so I opened the window. This rather large opening created...

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Questions and Answers – Dead Batteries and Worn-Out Door Stops

November 2012   Q: Hi Steve, Are all airplane batteries bad, or am I the only one that’s getting bad batteries? I don’t fly often, but lately it seems like every time I...

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Push To Talk – Birdie, birdie in the sky, why’d you do that in my eye?

November 2012   I know I’m a bad person, an erudite of nothing, untutored in all but onomatopoeia and iambic pentameter, exuberant with righteous selfdom, disarranged from all scholarly consonance, heretical of...

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Piper Aircraft - 75 Years Young

November 2012   It started back in the mid-1920s when brothers Gilbert and Gordon Taylor (along with their father, Arthur) purchased a surplus Curtiss JN-4 aircraft and learned to fly. The Taylors...

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Lost in Oscar Hotel

November 2012   In “Lost in Oscar Hotel,” J-3 pilot and author Gordon Murray chronicles “the first, longest, slowest and most peculiar flight to Wright Brothers Airport ever made in an antique...

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Full Circle – Piloting Aspects Inside the Novel “Captain,” Part Two

November 2012   As I mentioned the last time we met on these pages, several months ago my latest aviation-themed novel—“Captain”—was released in a print edition and also in all e-book formats...

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Your Aircraft’s Fuel System: Be Safe, Be Legal, Be Smart

 November 2012   Improper fuel management, contamination and poor preflight planning cause far too many GA accidents; statistics reveal nearly two accidents per week on average. Whether the result of fuel...

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LOOKING FORWARD WITH Piper Aircraft CEO Simon Caldecott

November 2012   PF: What areas at Piper need strengthening right now? SC: I took over as CEO last October; the first thing I did was stabilize the business. I had already been...

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Promote, Recruit, Fly, Repeat

October 2010 -  EAA has a winner with its Young Eagles program. Besides being a fun, feel-good activity for everyone involved, the program is making strides in growing the population...

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Questions and Answers – A Conversation About Engine Health

October 2012   Piper Flyer Association member Jim Von Lorenz called the PFA office and asked that I call him. He had read a Q&A column in a previous issue of Piper...

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The Power of Oshkosh

October 2012   Having had the luxury of flying up in my friend’s Archer, my experience to Oshkosh started off amazingly. Henry Graeber, Greg Kelsoe and I piled into Henry’s Archer and...

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Flight Test Assessment: Piper PA-22 Colt

October 2012 With 150 hp (the original had just 108 hp) Piper’s rag-and-tube nosewheel classic is a “no-worries airplane” Frank Rothera would be the first to admit that his Piper Colt has...

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Left Coast Pilot – Angel Flight and a Runaway EGT

October 2012   Four years ago, I flew right seat with my friend Leroy Nygaard on an Angel Flight charitable patient transport mission, picking up a cancer patient in Lincoln, Calif. (KLHM)...

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Heading Bug – Learn To See What You Can’t See

October 2012   A thesis by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduate student on why we are flying less, and a move by the largest aviation “alphabet” group appointing a new...

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Cub Resurrection: Part Two

October 2012   At the end of the last episode Bob Berg, the owner of the 1939 Piper J-3 Cub and I had just driven to Lompoc, Calif. to attend the West...

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Comes with Breakable Parts

October 2012 When I was living in Vero Beach in 1965, I got a summer job at the Piper plant. I was able to take lessons in a brand-new Cherokee 140...

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Questions and Answers – Wobbly Steering, Taxi and Landing Light Replacement

September 2012   Q: Dear Steve, The steering on my Piper Arrow III (PA-28R-201) seems loose. I have had this particular Piper for seven years and it seems like it’s getting more difficult...

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Push To Talk – The Hundred Dollar Hamburger: Will Fly to Eat. Give me a sectional and dreams of a great burger.

September 2012 I was walking through all the airplanes at this great little fly-in I attended. There were several classic birds there including a cabin-class Waco, a tricked-out Luscombe 8 and...

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The Impressive M-Class

September 2012  With 150 hp (the original had just 108 hp) Piper’s rag-and-tube nosewheel classic is a “no-worries airplane” The M-Class series of aircraft first began as a glimmer in Piper’s eye...

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Full Circle – Piloting Aspects Inside the Novel “Captain,” Part One

September 2012   While I’ve been an aviation magazine writer for the past 40-plus years, some members are probably also familiar with my aviation-themed novels: there have been seven of them since...

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Visit Europe by Seaplane

September 2012   Europe is always a popular travel destination. Here’s a unique way to see the sights, including waterfront properties visited by Julius Caesar! We were flying through a high mountain pass...

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Cub Resurrection: Part One

September 2012 Here are a few of the things I’ve learned during the restoration of my neighbor’s 1939 Piper J-3 Cub. There weren’t any self-locking nuts in 1939; every bolt in...

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Corrosion: When Good Metal Goes Bad

September 2012­   Batteries, like many things in aviation, are unexciting unless they malfunction. Then, they can be annoying, perplexing, or even dangerous. A few tips passed on to the people who...

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Aero W&B: A Jim Dandy, Nifty iPhone/iPad Weight and Balance Application

September 2012   There are many weight and balance applications to wade through, and you need to be careful. I recently discovered AeroW&B, an aircraft weight and balance application available at the...

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Stratus: An In-Flight Weather Receiver

August 2012   Real-time, in-flight weather is not a new concept. Sirius XM and WSI have been providing it to pilots for years. ADS-B, the key element in the United States government’s plan...

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Questions and Answers – Engine Preservation, Cherokee Takeoff Difficulties

August 2012 Q: Hi Steve, I need some advice on how to preserve my airplane. I own a nice Piper Comanche 250 that I have put a lot of money into over...

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Pre-Buy Prop Inspection

August 2012   The pre-buy inspection is incredibly important, yet one expensive component that is largely overlooked is right out front: the propeller. What should a prospective buyer look for, and what...

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Left Coast Pilot – Mortality and a Poker Run

August 2012 Six years ago, I opened my column with these words: When I started flying actively about 10 years ago, I was warned that if I stuck with it, eventually I’d...

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Heading Bug – Aeronautical Innovation, Old Tech Space Flight and Paying Attention

August 2012   Your magazine was created in the world of monthly print publications and says August on the cover. Meanwhile, I write over Memorial Day weekend as a tropical storm named...

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Downturn Buster: PA-15 Piper Vagabond

August 2012   Considering that Piper produced this quick-and-cheap two-seater after going bankrupt, it is surprisingly good.     When the American economy went into reverse in 1947, Piper could not...

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The Smart (and Sexy!) Seneca

July 2012 A flood at the Piper’s Lock Haven facility destroyed the tooling for the Comanche, and Piper Aircraft developed the Seneca as a replacement aircraft for its popular Twin Comanche...

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Questions and Answers – Anthology

July 2012 This month, we’ve compiled some of the most useful tips from Q&As published in Piper Flyer over the last year. The questions and answers you’ll see here are abridged;...

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Push To Talk – Stuck on Stick and Rudder

July 2012   The early days of flying were the toughest. In the early 20th century, people began taking to the skies at a time when humanity was still in the learning...

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Full Circle – Zero/Zero Landings, Part Two

July 2012 My column in the May issue of Piper Flyer had been prompted by a copy of a letter I’d received from a fellow who had flown with me as...

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Adventures with Bill – Care and Feeding of your Gyros

July 2012 Returning to Waltanna (SN65) after a long trip, I noticed that my airplane, Bill, didn’t seem to be his normal bubbly self. I asked him why he was so...

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Book Review: “Captain” by Thomas Block

July 2012   In the seventh aviation novel by Thomas Block, an airline company whose owners shield a hidden agenda, an airliner with some fancy technical upgrades and a cast of characters...

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The Restoration of ’61 Tango, Part II

July 2012 I ordered an Ashby fiberglass glareshield from Aircraft Spruce along with right and left windshields halves from Great Lakes Aero Products. (Yes, I decided to replace the right side...

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Destination: Niagara Falls, NY

November 2012  The Niagara Falls region of western New York offers some breathtaking scenery including one of the seven natural wonders of North America, Niagara Falls. Recently my wife expressed a...

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Destination – Driggs, Ohio: An Ideal Fly-In Spot Just West of the Tetons

August 2012   WHAT MAKES A PERFECT FLY-IN DESTINATION?      Of course, a good on-field restaurant is a great starting point, but going beyond the average hundred-dollar hamburger, it’s nice to have...

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Destination: Three and a Half Shows

July 2012   This spring was a whirlwind of activity as the intrepid PFA staff attended aviation shows as far-flung as Germany and Alaska. Shows are a great way for us to...

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A Saturday to Remember

June 2012  Challenge Air inspires its passengers using the wonder and beauty of flight At 5:30 a.m. on one particular Saturday last January, our alarm went off—something that doesn’t normally happen on...

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Questions and Answers – Vacuum System Troubleshooting

June 2012 Q: Dear Steve, I own a Piper PA-28-181 and I have a vacuum system problem. From what I understand, the vacuum system in my Cherokee is similar to a lot...

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Left Coast Pilot – Every Flight Needs a Plan!

June 2012   Some years back, I was with a group of other pilots on a houseboat trip. After a few days on (and sometimes in) the water, I called flight service...

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Heading Bug – What to Have Aboard

June 2012  “Ditch kits” are part of good flight planning, risk management Anyone who has spent any time at all flying around in small airplanes has looked down and realized the immense...

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Enhance Your Oshkosh Experience: Volunteer!

June 2012 As aviators, it seems we are perpetually seeking out new destinations. These achievements—so fastidiously recorded in our logbook—leave us with fond memories. For many of us, navigating to (and...

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Aspen Avionics’ Synthetic Vision

June 2012 If you think synthetic vision is a gimmick, or one of those nice-to-have features that’s not worth the money, you don’t understand the technology. To be honest, I...

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The Restoration of 61 Tango, Part I

June 2012 For well over a year I had been looking for a true four seat, single engine, fixed gear aircraft that was airworthy and would fit my budget. My budget...

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Threaded Fasteners: More than Appearances

May 2012   Fasteners keep our machines together. They’re simple, strong—and often neglected, overlooked and misunderstood. They’re also critical to our machines’ condition, and ultimately to our own longevity. It’s worth looking...

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Side Window Salvation

  May 2012 Are the side windows of your Piper airplane getting hard to see through? Have you polished and rubbed with this and that cleaner to little or no avail? If you’ve been...

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Questions and Answers – Pitot and Static Checks

May 2012   Q: Hi Steve, I am pretty new to airplane ownership and I have a question about a test my mechanic told me my airplane needed. He said that the pitot...

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Push To Talk – The Problem as I See It

May 2012  It’s right about this time that I begin to have traces of nausea over the volume of political speeches I’ve been subjected to since we started all this presidential...

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Full Circle – Zero/Zero Landings, Part One

May 2012   Nothing jogs my memory about stories from the old days like getting a thoughtful letter from a copilot that I had once shared the cockpit with. While I’ve had...

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Bush Flying Recommendations and Tips

May 2012   Flying Wild Alaska on the Discovery Channel and Alaska Wing Men on National Geographic Channel have raised bush flying awareness. This article is to help pilots get started learning...

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Avionics Bucket List, Part II

May 2012 THE REVOLUTION IS COMING – GET READY NextGen is going to cause an aviation revolution, and all pilots need to prepare for Jan. 1, 2020. If you are unfamiliar (or...

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Questions and Answers – Replating a Spinner, Tire Woes and Auto Gas

April 2012   Q: Dear Steve, I have a tire problem. Actually, it’s more of a pilot error problem. I am the proud and happy owner of an Archer III. This is a...

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Left Coast Pilot – Avgas, the Cost of Flying and a Gyro Tip

April 2012 Last year, I was appointed to the Modesto City-County Airport Advisory Committee, a group chartered jointly by the city and county to give advice to the airport manager. We...

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The High Cost of Cheap Maintenance

April 2012 Getting what you pay for isn’t always a good bargain    You can find it at almost every General Aviation airport. A little sign on the bulletin board, or a business...

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Heading Bug – Maybe You Should Read the FAA Authorization Bill

April 2012 The United States Congress, back in February, passed and sent the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 to President Obama, who signed it into...

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Gizmo Zen: Pilots Are Gear Freaks

April 2012  I am the kind of person to whom anything can happen, and usually does. My brother Mike calls to ask a simple question. “Do you want to go south for...

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First Place Cherokee: Steve Flock’s Award-Winning Aircraft

April 2012 “I like the Cherokee a lot,” Steve Flock told me... but he wasn’t looking even looking for an airplane, let alone a Cherokee, when he bought his 1966 Piper...

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Avionics Bucket List, Part II

April 2012   The Avionics Bucket List series is written to provide Piper Flyer readers with information from my observations and research about some of what is available in avionics. My hope...

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Questions and Answers – Comanche Fuel Tank Bladder R&R

March 2012  Q: Hi Steve, My 1960 Piper Comanche 250 has safely and comfortably carried my wife, my daughter and me to some of our most memorable adventures for the past 20...

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Push To Talk – The Dead G Scrolls

March 2012  It is a little-known fact that in 1913, bedouin shepherd boys playing outside EAA headquarters in Oshkosh discovered an ancient manuscript wrapped in a white linen scarf dating from...

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Need Pilot Supplies? Look to Pilotshop.com

March 2012   Pilots and airplane owners always need new stuff. Flying’s like that. The stuff could be a new headset, a bigger flight bag, or flight simulation software. Unlike other hobbies...

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Full Circle – Turbulence

March 2012   Over the past 50-plus years of being involved with airplanes, I’ve had a number of memorable bouts with turbulence. When I count the episodes that come to mind, you...

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Avionics Bucket List: Garmin

March 2012   How Do You Eat an Elephant? How do you eat an elephant? You do it—one bite at a time. That’s the way replacement avionics get into most panels—one item at...

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Aircraft Maintenance Records

March 2012  Aircraft maintenance records can be a source of confusion for many aircraft owners and pilots. What information is necessary, what inspections are required, and determining whether an aircraft is...

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Questions and Answers – Acrylic Windshield Repairs, a Leaky Compass

February 2012  Q: Hi Steve, I haven’t been flying my Piper Pacer very much lately. Money is tight, and Avgas is expensive right now. I do tie my Pacer down outside. I was...

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Pirep: Brightline’s Pilot Bag

February 2012 I will start right off and tell you that I really like the Pilot Bag manufactured by BrightLine Bags. The bag is built well, performs as advertised, and after...

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Piper Aircraft’s New President Talks to Piper Flyer

February 2012  Piper, once synonymous with the Cub that most non-aviators think is the archetypical little airplane, hasn’t made that aircraft or any of its variants since 1981. The company left Lock...

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Left Coast Pilot – The Fog Season

February 2012  Late last year, I found myself planning a flight to Fullerton (KFUL), in Southern California. Typical West Coast winter conditions were in full force: morning fog here in the...

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Heading Bug – Words If by Sea, Words If by Air

February 2012 Every human endeavor, whether blacksmithing, computer science, boating or aviation, has its unique nomenclature. The anthropologists will tell you—with a nervous glance at the higher apes and aquatic mammals—that...

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Destination: The One and Only Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

June 2012   I perked up last October when Audrey said she was headed to Rhinebeck, N.Y. Rhinebeck! That’s the only place I know of where World War I-vintage airplanes as well...

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Flying Places: Smiley Creek, Idaho (U87)

May 2012  Most pilots have a favorite destination, either because it is in a beautiful part of the country, or because of the friends who gather there with you. My preference...

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Destination: Half Moon Bay

April 2012   There are many scenic locations along the Northern California coast. One of the most picturesque happens to be an ideal fly-in destination, weather permitting: Half Moon Bay (KHAF). It’s...

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Flying Places: Central Florida Family Fun

March 2012 Our son and his family typically head south during their vacations, and the trips include places that interest their children—our grandchildren—ages 10 and six. Our daughter-in-law Alison suggested Legoland...

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Destination: Copperstate Fly-in

February 2012   The sun was up but the day still pleasant when we made our way onto the Casa Grande Airport ((KCGZ) Casa Grande, Ariz.) grounds for the opening day of...

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Seat Belt Retractor Saga

January 2012   As we were flying along one day, my wife, who was PIC that day, said, “We need to do something with this shoulder harness. It’s ugly and crunchy.” Well, our...

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Questions and Answers – Cherokee Six Fuel Selector Leaks, Cold Weather Oil Cooler Controversy

January 2012   Q: Steve, I have an early model 1973 Cherokee Six 260. The fuel tank selector valve is located under the rear seat. I noticed that I was using more fuel...

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Push To Talk – It Was So Far Out!

January 2012   My father died a little more than a year ago and it is just now that I’ve found it in me to parse through his belongings. There were accolades...

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Pacific Oil Cooler Service: The Heat Exchange Experts

January 2012   Paul Saurenman, owner of Pacific Oil Cooler Service (POCS) and Aero-Classics Heat Transfer Products Inc., stood in front of Jen and Kent Dellenbusch, publishers of Piper Flyer, and me...

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Full Circle – Rainy Day Computer Trips

January 2012 I’m writing this on a cloudy, windy, rainy day at home, and I’m doing what’s most suitable for a day like this: I’m sitting at my desktop computer and...

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Cherokee Homecoming

January 2012  I am convinced that airplanes have personalities. When we get to really know our planes, we know when they are happy and when they are grumpy, when they are...

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Destination: Hutchinson, Kansas: Working in the Salt Mines

January 2012 How many times have you heard the expression “working in the salt mines”? In reality, probably not that many, but you have likely heard it one time or another...

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The Future: Cherokee Six Avionics Upgrade

January 2005 I have seen the future. I have seen the future and it was installed in a 1976 Cherokee Six. As I sat in the cockpit of N4300F, it dawned...

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Piper People

January 2005   Dr. Gary Schorr is a great aviation success story. I met the doctor several years back when he and I got involved with a fractional ownership of a King...

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The Parsimonious Mr. Piper

January 2005   The Piper name is perhaps the most famous in all of aviation, but the fact that William T. Piper was even in the airplane business was a fluke. When...

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Jump Start Your Plane – Should You?

  NO, you should NEVER jump start an airplane that was certified with a battery as original equipment, unless that aircraft was certified with a dead battery and I’m not aware...

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How To Survive an STC

January 2005   This portion of the article about the application process for Supplemental Type Certificates was generated by listening to aircraft owners, A&Ps and A&P/IAs across the United States complaining about...

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Aztec Adventures

January 2005 Thomas Block   For as long as I can recall, I’ve been quite fond of using the adage that “it is much better to be down here wishing you were up...

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Let’s Stop Meeting Like This

January 2005 If you have a midair collision it isn’t going to happen like it does in the movies. It won’t be a head-on, high-speed thing like those dogfight passes in...

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Spark Plug Servicing and Replacement

December 2012  Spark plug replacement and cleaning is a task that aircraft owners and pilots can easily do to maintain engine efficiency. I encourage aircraft owners to get involved in the maintenance...

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Questions and Answers: Mountain Flying Tips for a Cherokee Pilot

December 2012 -  Remember that an aircraft wing always stalls at one angle of attack, but can stall at any airspeed. Q: Dear Steve, I’m in the fourth quarter of the game, age-wise...

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Left Coast Pilot 12-12

December 2012   Mexico, Presidential TFRs and Personal Limits Last month my wife and I made our last trip to Mexico for the year. The trip down was long but routine. The trip...

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Fly a Different Jet Warbird Every Day!

December 2012   If you’re a pilot who says you’ve never even dreamed of flying a jet fighter… maybe your nose is growing?   The end of the Cold War in the 1990s brought...

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Heading Bug 12-12

December 2012   Wishes for Your Flying Year The fact is that the future is unknowable. Despite ancient tradition of spiritual endeavor, or the most modern advances in particle physics, none of us has...

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The Continental Tiara

December 2012  When Continental Motors became part of Teledyne in 1971, engineers had already been at work for several years on the first all-new General Aviation engine to be developed in...

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Questions and Answers: Technical Publications, Progressive Inspections and an Inop EGT

01-13 Q: Dear Steve, I received an email today and I am suspicious about opening it. The subject matter refers to the airplane I own, but this does not look like the...

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Look Inside Your Engine—From the Cockpit! Part 1: Installation

01-13 I thought about adding a full-featured engine monitor to my panel for a long time, but I didn’t make the decision to commit until Insight Instrument Corp.’s G Series graphic...

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Full Circle

01-13  Piloting Aspects inside the novel “Captain,” Part Three Here is the promised ending chapter to our ongoing discussion of the piloting aspects lurking inside my latest aviation-themed novel “Captain,” which is...

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Destinations: AOPA Aviation Summit 2012, Palm Springs, Calif.

01-13   AOPA Aviation Summit 2012 in wonderful Palm Springs, Calif. crept up on us like Santa slithering down the chimney. Jen and I packed up the truck with booth supplies, did...

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Neato Navajo

01-13 I remember the year 1967 as one of conflict and contradiction. At once both troubled and optimistic. Every night the news broadcast images of the Vietnam War, where young men...

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Destinations: Copperstate 2012, Casa Grande, Ariz.

01-13 Traveling on Interstate 10 to Casa Grande on my way to the 40th anniversary of the Copperstate Fly-in, I can’t help but wonder what it must have been like 40...

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Push To Talk: Will ADS-B Me?

01-13 “Hey pilots, we have something really swell for you! It’s a new technology called ADS-B that we can all have installed in our airplanes and update the aging air traffic...

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Left Coast Pilot

January 2005   “What’s that on the windshield?” asked Kate, my copilot and wife. I looked up from the instruments I had been concentrating on—trying to understand why the engine sounds had...

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Hog Log 01-05

January 2005   People involved in aviation are a friendly lot. At least we think we are. All you have to do is go to a pancake breakfast at a fly-in or...

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Full Circle: Twin Adventures

January 2005   For as long as I can recall, I’ve been quite fond of using the adage that “it is much better to be down here wishing you were up there...

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Flying Quietly Over the National Parks

January 2005 The National Park Service (NPS) is raising awareness of soundscapes, the sounds of nature that provide the backdrop for those beautiful panoramas and the solitude enjoyed by thousands every...

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Bumps and Circuits

January 2005   While 31,258 of my closest friends and I were in Las Vegas during mid-October at the National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA) Convention, we got a glimpse of the future...

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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...

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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...

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The Arrow

November 2004        Of the many variants of the basic PA-28 Cherokee airframe produced over the last 40 years, one stands out as a unique success: The PA-28R Arrow is today...

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Left Coast Pilot - Back from Oshkosh

 September 2004 The bugs near Anderson, Ind. are what I remember the most, along with more actual IFR (two solid hours) in one week than I've had in the entire year...

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Three Strikes, You’re Out

 November 2004 In August, Hurricane Charley blew through Florida and into the Carolinas. That fast-moving Category Four storm cut a compact swatch of destruction across the state, effectively bringing aviation operations...

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Left Coast Pilot Getting Current

 November 2004 I finally got myself IFR current again, almost six months after my last hood work. That has a tendency to happen around here in the summer, as there's little...

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Insight into Insight

 October 2004 The saga of the Insight Instrument Corporation began in the winter of 1980. Engineer John Youngquist was flying a Bonanza on a night flight when the airplane's engine began...

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Bumps & Circuits – Signs of the Times

 October 2004 A couple of weeks ago, I got tapped for jury duty. Most people try to get excused, but I actually relish the opportunity to aid in the judicial process and...

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Mountain High

 September 2004 By now most people are familiar with the term FADEC (Full-Authority Digital Engine Control). Mountain High Equipment & Supply has modified that acronym with their proprietary FADOC™, or the...

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Hog Log September 2004

 September 2004 I was 17 years old and having the time of my life. I had been a line boy in Lakeland since I was 15 and was cashing in on...

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Some Thoughts on Density Altitude

 August 2004 Well here comes summer once again. If you are based east of the Mississippi, that means high temperatures and low flight visibilities, thunderstorms and high density altitudes. Here in...

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Full Circle - Taking Care of the Little Things

 November 2004 When I make my semi-annual pilgrimage to my dentist's office, I always notice the small sign on the wall that says "If you ignore your teeth, your problems will...

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The Sport Pilot Certificate

 September 2004 After years of work, the FAA has finally issued a new rating category, targeted at lowering the cost of flying. Called the Sport Pilot Certificate, this new rating is...

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To Go or Not to Go

 August 2004 No doubt you have read a multitude of editorial on the subject of the Go/No Go decision. In reality, it should probably be called the Go On/Not Go On...

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Chicago O’Hare Audio Program

 About one year ago, Sporty's Pilot Shop (www.sportys.com) announced an updated version of an audio tape program they had originally put out nearly 25 years earlier. The press release from Sporty's...

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Full Circle - Twin Adventures

 October 2004 With my new partner Jim Corley walking beside me, we finally headed across the ramp and toward the airplane to do some actual flying ("Partnership, Part One & Two;...

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Prop Talk

 November 2004 Without a doubt, they're the hardest-working, most under-appreciated part of your airplane. Of course, I'm talking about your propeller. Most of us just think of a propeller as a chunk...

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Hog Log 11-04

 November 2004 There are natural limits on how well flight schools can operate. On the civilian side of the equation, flight schools are limited in what they can teach their students by...

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Destination Samoa

 October 2004 -     For many people, a weekend visit to a bed-and-breakfast inn provides a wonderful opportunity to decompress from everyday life. And for pilots, an opportunity to combine...

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Destination: Cooperstown, N.Y.

 August 2004       Nestled into the soft rolling hills of Upstate New York about halfway between Albany and Binghamton lies the small town of Cooperstown. Settled in the late 18th century, Cooperstown...

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Destination: St Augustine, Fla.

 November 2004 Fifteen years ago I was in Germany on a business trip. My client took me to a small town outside of Bonn named Bad Munster Eiffel. This tiny Bavarian...

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Hog Log October 2004

 October 2004 Flying is based on seeing. You use your eyesight to gather and use your knowledge. Even though Luke Skywalker could close his eyes, use The Force and fly a...

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Left Coast Pilot – How High Can You Fly?

 October 2004 How high can you fly? That's a question that's bothered me for quite a while now. The San Francisco sectional I use regularly has some green in the middle...

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Twin Comanche

September 2004 - Here's an airplane that has been literally turning heads for more than 40 years, and for good reason. When Piper launched the first PA-30 Twin Comanche in 1963...

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We'll Cross that Runway When We Get To It

November 2004 - Seventy percent of runway incursions happen to General Aviation pilots. Getting lost at an airport when you are trying to taxi is not limited to GA aircraft, it...

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Bumps and Circuits - November 2004

November 2004 - Have you ever wondered why we refer to some airplanes by name while sticking to the numbers for others? For one thing, it's sometimes simpler. I mean, it's...

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Piper's Ubiquitous Cherokee

October 2004 - If you tell someone you fly a Piper PA-28, you should be a little more specific. There is a choice of 12 separate types with a dozen different...

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Seneca Mods

October 2004 - When I bought 1176X four years ago, I really did not plan to restore or modify the aircraft in any way, but as I got into the project...

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A Leaseback You Can Love

October 2004 - It's 7:30 a.m. and, for the second time this week, I am out at the field on my way to the office. Cabin clean: check. Oil level: check...

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Time Life Items

September 2004 - Only big airplanes with jet engines have to worry about replacing things on a calendar or time in service basis. None of that applies to my airplane, or...

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Aztec Adventures

September 2004 When I took my friend Jim Corley as a partner in my light twin, we already knew that we’d be spending the first few flights doing a comprehensive checkout—that...

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Piper Cub and the Reed Clipped Wing Conversion

In the early 1930s businessman William T. Piper became involved with the Taylor Aircraft Company. C.G. Taylor designed a light aircraft with steel framework, tubular struts, rubber shock cord landing...

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Prepare for Next Year’s Inspection Now.

Prepare for Next Year’s Inspection Now.

The object of an annual inspection is to determine that the aircraft is in condition for safe operation and complies with the type certificate. Here are some practical suggestions from...

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Papa, My “Baby” Comanche and Me

Papa, My “Baby” Comanche and Me

I came to own piper(Papa), a 1960 PA-24 in a roundabout way. I had been screening ads in Trade-A-Plane and on the Internet for another airplane. I had studied Mooney...

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Spark Plug Servicing

Spark Plug Servicing

According to FAR Part 43 Appendix A, “Major Alterations, Major Repairs, and Preventive Maintenance,” aircraft owners are permitted to service the spark plugs in their engine. The following should help...

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Destination: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Destination: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

 “Pilot Report: Gorgeous!” That’s what I said when closing my flight plan after a two hour air tour during a flying vacation in (and over) Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons...

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Pipers PA-31 Twins

Pipers PA-31 Twins

In October of 1958, Piper proposed a twin-engine version of the successful Comanche single. This was not the PA-30 Twin Comanche, the planning of which had begun two years earlier...

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My First Airplane: What Mike Taught Me About Flyin

My First Airplane: What Mike Taught Me About Flyin

06/2011 My First Airplane: What Mike Taught Me About Flyingby Steve Ells I had been bitten by the aviation bug as soon as I joined the U.S. Navy and started sending away...

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A Cherokee with a Caribbean Soul

A Cherokee with a Caribbean Soul

I was first bitten by the flying bug at an airshow in Dayton, Ohio when I was five years old. The noise from the jets was incredible. My dad took...

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Welcome and Able: A Cherokee Flies in the Backcountry

Welcome and Able:  A Cherokee Flies in the Backcountry

I  learned to fly in Cessna 150 rental airplanes out of Colts Neck, N.J., a half-mile dirt strip. When the pressure from real estate developers outweighed the interests of a...

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David Naylor’s Aztec F is an A+

David Naylor’s Aztec F is an A+

Most aircraft profiles start out with a long dissertation on the history of the aircraft’s type and its lineage—blah, blah, blah—okay, so here’s what you need to know to set...

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Destination: Talkeetna Alaska

Destination: Talkeetna Alaska

Talkeetna, Alaska is located north of Anchorage and south of Denali National Park. The town was established in 1919 to be the Engineering Commission Headquarters during the construction of the...

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