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    The Best Entry-Level Pipers

    Longtime Piper pilot and Piper twin owner Kristin Winter discusses the cream of the crop in entry-level Piper aircraft. (Photo: James Lawrence)

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    Short Wing Pipers

    Out of a poor economy came a series of aircraft that were better than expected. (Photo: Peter Lubig)

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    The Piper Navajo

    After initially feeling intimidated by the size of the Navajo, contributing editor Kristin Winter found that it really one of the easiest and most gentle aircraft she had flown. (Photo: Paul Bowen)

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    Kevin Garrison
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  • It costs fuel to carry fuel in any airplane...

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  • My happy place is metal and T-shaped and smells like 100 octane

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pfcastine created a new topic ' Arrow: Automatic Landing Gear Extension is Breaking My Plane' in the forum. 7 hours 1 minute ago

Second time the emergency gear extension has broken something on me...

Last year, an uncommanded gear extension cost me the drag link on my nose gear. Just a few weeks ago, another uncommanded extension broke the nose gear cylinder mount.

When the emergency system is activated, the gear literally slams out with a loud thud. Very violent. My mechanic thinks this isn't normal. Wondering if the system requires a snubber or something to limit the violent extension.

Does anyone have any insight or experience with this? Yes, I know the system can be disabled. I'd rather just keep it activated, as long as it will stop breaking my plane!

Thanks for any advice or assistance!