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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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  • "...nothing can replace the skill and confidence you get using spare training time to do weird things."

    - Kevin Garrison

  • "It costs fuel to carry fuel in any airplane..."

    -Thomas Block

  • "All of the PA-28-180/181 aircraft are great airplanes."

    - Kristin Winter

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

    - Kevin Garrison

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Nik C shared a video in group. 15 hours 2 minutes ago

Permold Continental Engine Alternator Gear...

Explains how to properly install the Continental...

Just a smal feedback from the field. My shop charges me 4,5 hour for the bolt removal and installation. The NDT guyes charges me additional 900$ for the eddy current test including treveling of 2x300 miles to and from the airport of my shop.

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Jen D replied to the topic 'Cherokee Wing Spar Proposed AD: The other shoe drops' in the forum. 5 days ago

The NTSB's comment on the proposed AD attached.
A couple of sections are of particular note:
NTSB: "While the affected airplanes all have a similar main spar design in the wing attach-point area where the fatigue cracking was found, engineering data presented by Piper separately to the FAA and the NTSB showed that the localized stress level can vary significantly depending on airplane gross weight, cruising speed, and amount and location of fuel in the wings. The data also showed that the airplanes at greatest risk for fatigue cracking are the PA-28-235 model airplanes, all PA-28R series airplanes, and the PA-32-260 and PA-32-300 model airplanes. The NTSB supports the inspection requirements of the proposed AD for these airplanes."

NTSB: "In summary, the NTSB supports the AD inspection of the wing main spar lower cap outboard bolt holes for the PA-28-235 (versus all PA-28 series airplanes), PA-28R series airplanes, and PA-32-260 and PA-32-300 model airplanes that are or have been used in flight training, commercial, or other high-time or high-cycle operations. However, we believe the formula for determining factored service hours should be revised to account for either 100-hour inspections or annual inspections that are conducted at 100-hour intervals. "

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