December 1, 2006
Wanting to give your older, but still reliable aircraft a makeover that improves its utility, performance, and look? Well, AOPA can help you through the process. Follow AOPA's Win-A-Six in '06 restoration project to learn about avionics, engine, and airframe speed mods. Or get some ideas from our past sweepstakes restoration projects: Twin Comanche, Waco, Bonanza, Mooney, Stationair, Tri-Pacer, Arrow, and Cessna 172.
AOPA's Guide to Supplemental Type Certificates can help you through the approval process required to make some of these upgrades. The association recently added Advisory Circular 23-24 "Airworthiness Compliance Checklists for Common Part 23 STC Projects," which addresses the five most common categories of changes that have been made since 2002: installation of an autopilot system, installation of reciprocating and turbine engines with increased horsepower, replacement of a reciprocating engine with a turbine engine, installation of a different propeller, installation of auxiliary fuel tanks, and an increase in gross weight.
January 12, 2006
FAA Information and Services,
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
The Aircraft Spotlight feature looks at an airplane type and evaluates it across six areas of particular interest to flying clubs and their members: Operating Cost, Maintenance, Insurability, Training, Cross-Country, and Fun Factor.
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