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Popular Piper Comanche Modifications

July 2015 The “modern classic” Comanche is perhaps one of the most modified airframes in GA today. So you are looking for a Comanche. This advertised airplane looks good, but it’s way...

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Aircraft Spruce Celebrates 50 Years of Service to Aviation 1965-2015

Aircraft Spruce Celebrates 50 Years of Service to Aviation 1965-2015

June 2015- 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...

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No Compromises: Piper’s Twin Comanche

No Compromises: Piper’s Twin Comanche

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...

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In with the New: An Avidyne IFD540 Plug-and-Play Conversion Part 1– Hardware Installation

In with the New: An Avidyne IFD540 Plug-and-Play Conversion Part 1– Hardware Installation

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. June 2015- Avidyne...

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It’s Spring! Do you know where your airplane is?

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...

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Land of Big Trees and Water: Flying to the San Juan Islands

May 2015- 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...

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Leaning Lessons: The Science of Operating your Airplane Engine

“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...

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Flying, Interrupted: Modern Engine Preservation

“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...

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Buying and Selling a Plane

In buying or selling, as in flying, you can minimize your risk by following the rules. April 2015- If there ever was an endeavor to which the phrase caveat emptor applies, it...

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The Practical Piper Pacer

Don’t discount the PA-22/20; it can serve well as a family aircraft. April 2015- Both my husband, Owen, and I are pilots who fly for fun. We met over Unicom: I was...

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Saratoga School: What You Need to Know About the PA-32 and Its Systems

Buying and maintaining a Saratoga doesn’t have to be confusing, provided you have all the facts. March 2015- As Jennifer Dellenbusch writes in her model history “Saratoga Tale: PA-32 tangents” featured in...

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"Best of the Best" Airport Restaurants Part Two

Start flight planning today to point your Piper at these destinations, where an awesome meal awaits. March 2015- In part one of the “Best of the Best” Airport Restaurant series that ran...

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The ABCs of ELTs

A clear understanding of FAR 91.207 is just the beginning for pilots looking at installing a new ELT. March 2015- “ELTs are specialized radio transmitters that sit in the aircraft and are...

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Winter Weather Flying: A Brisk Refresher

From understanding splash lubrication to reduced braking action, winter flying is just… different. February 2015- Ready or not, winter is in full effect across the northern United States. Several important operational considerations...

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Any Excuse to Fly: Building Time in a Cherokee 235

With four years of flying experience at age 21, the sky is the limit for Mitchell Miller. February 2015- Instrument-rated pilot Mitchell Miller is a native of Riverside, Calif. who attained his...

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Wings Over the Rockies: Denver’s Air and Space Museum

Wings Over the Rockies: Denver’s Air and Space Museum

January 2015- 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. Wings...

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Are You Ready for 2020? Current Options for ADS-B Compliance

Are You Ready for 2020? Current Options for ADS-B Compliance

January 2015- 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...

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Amazin’ Aztec: Mark Matheson’s PA-23-250T

December 2014- 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...

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Leading Edge: Active Noise Reduction Upgrade

December 2014- 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...

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Restoration on a Budget: Seneca Power Control Panel Upgrade

Restoration on a Budget: Seneca Power Control Panel Upgrade

December 2014- 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...

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Airshow Entertainer: Lowell White's Vagabond

November 2014- A Piper Vagabond finds it's way home.      No matter where it landed, a yellow Vagabond with "North Florida Motor Co." and "Lincoln Mercury Dealer" in bold blue lettering on...

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Cabin Combustion Heaters: Maintenance and Troubleshooting

November 2014- If you hit rain or turbulence, you can deviate; if it's hot, you can just keep climbing untilyou find cool air. But when it's cold, it's cold everywhere. Here...

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Everypilot’s Light Twin: The Piper PA-44 Seminole

October 2014- While other light twins have gone away, the PA-44 is still doing what it does so well—safely teaching pilots how to fly twins.      I've set my Wayback Machine for...

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Seneca De-ice Control Panel Upgrade

Seneca De-ice Control Panel Upgrade

October 2014- All restoration projects seem to start the same way. There is this one little thing on your plane that doesn't look good, so you restore it... then everything around...

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