1965Flo Irwin starts a new business in the basement of family home in Fullerton, Calif. selling just one product: spruce lumber for aircraft builders. She takes orders by mail...Read more
Carl Miller and his wife Donna are lucky people who, when it came to finding their perfect light twin, didn’t have to compromise—they just went shopping for a Piper Twin...Read more
Today is a good day. The Avidyne IFD540 GPS/NAV/COM that I purchased has arrived—and today my radio shop guru, Eric, started the install. Here’s part one of my story.
While Milwaukee-area weather personality John Malan is teasing me with weather forecasts that approximate the coming spring, I can testify that spring is truly here. So get on out there...Read more
Needing a large dose of slow-down last fall, I traveled from California back to the Great Northwest—land of the big trees and water—where I first learned to fly. I...Read more
“If you’re at 65 percent of power or so, 50 degrees rich of peak probably won’t get you in trouble, and will give you close to maximum power for that...Read more
“Our experience has shown that in regions of high humidity, active corrosion can be found on cylinder walls of new engines inoperative for periods as brief as two days.”—Lycoming Service...Read more
In buying or selling, as in flying, you can minimize your risk by following the rules.
If there ever was an endeavor to which the phrase caveat emptor applies, it...Read more
Don’t discount the PA-22/20; it can serve well as a family aircraft.
Both my husband, Owen, and I are pilots who fly for fun. We met over Unicom: I was...Read more
Buying and maintaining a Saratoga doesn’t have to be confusing, provided you have all the facts.
As Jennifer Dellenbusch writes in her model history “Saratoga Tale: PA-32 tangents” featured in...Read more
Start flight planning today to point your Piper at these destinations, where an awesome meal awaits.
In part one of the “Best of the Best” Airport Restaurant series that ran...Read more
A clear understanding of FAR 91.207 is just the beginning for pilots looking at installing a new ELT.
“ELTs are specialized radio transmitters that sit in the aircraft and are...Read more
From understanding splash lubrication to reduced braking action, winter flying is just… different.
Ready or not, winter is in full effect across the northern United States. Several important operational considerations...Read more
With four years of flying experience at age 21, the sky is the limit for Mitchell Miller.
Instrument-rated pilot Mitchell Miller is a native of Riverside, Calif. who attained his...Read more
Aviation is big—really big—in Colorado, but only one destination calls itself "Colorado's official air and space museum," and has a bill passed in the state legislature to prove it.
The choices may seem bewildering (and they can be!), but at least prices seem to be settling down.
In 2014, EAA AirVenture's exhibit halls were filled with ADS-B vendors who...Read more
Nearly 35 years since it was last produced, Piper's Turbo Aztec continues to prove that it's a true heavyweight among light twins.
Once upon a time, piston engine aircraft manufacturers...Read more
Here we are again!
Things surely didn't start out this way. I'd retired in March of this year and was looking for a simple project to consume a week or...Read more
Active Noise Reduction UpgradeYou can install ANR electronics intoan existing passive headset, and youcan do it by yourself.
Several months ago I explained the mechanics of human hearing and...Read more
A Piper Vagabond finds it's way home.
No matter where it landed, a yellow Vagabond with "North Florida Motor Co." and "Lincoln Mercury Dealer" in bold blue lettering on...Read more
If you hit rain or turbulence, you can deviate; if it's hot, you can just keep climbing untilyou find cool air. But when it's cold, it's cold everywhere. Here...Read more
While other light twins have gone away, the PA-44 is still doing what it does so well—safely teaching pilots how to fly twins.
I've set my Wayback Machine for...Read more
All restoration projects seem to start the same way. There is this one little thing on your plane that doesn't look good, so you restore it... then everything around...Read more
September 2014- At the turn of the 20th century, George Hartzell and his son Robert were making rifle stocks from various hardwoods using a proprietary process they had developed that...Read more