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Turbine Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2001

More jet engine basics — fuel control units and starter generators Now that we've flowed the air through the engine and out the exhaust pipe in previous articles in this series, it's time to look at a few of the supporting systems on turbine engines. Most of these systems are found on the accessory pad of the engine and are driven by a tower shaft and gearing from the high-pressure compressor shaft.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2001

All it takes is a little gumption and a willingness to learn Everyone likes to save a few bucks. So it's good news that every certificated pilot can legally carry out certain preventive maintenance chores on their airplane.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2001

LoPresti Boom Beam It's hard to think of a light bulb as "high tech," but in fact the new Boom Beam landing light system from LoPresti Speed Merchants is just that. One of the biggest problems with conventional incandescent and halogen landing lights is that normal vibration from our piston engines tends to quickly break their filaments, resulting in burned-out bulbs.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2001

Probably more than you think Student pilots are taught the theory of weight and balance soon after their first solo. Operation of an airplane when it's overweight, or when the weight is distributed such that the center of gravity (CG) is beyond the front or rear limits, not only makes an airplane unsafe, but also renders it unairworthy since it's being operated outside the limits stated in the type certificate.

Turbine Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2000

Ever wonder where a big jet gets all its electricity? The system demands placed on jet aircraft electrical systems are higher than those found on typical light general aviation aircraft. Jets usually have more electrically powered components, including high-draw items such as electric hydraulic pumps or galley ovens.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2000

Meigs Field's future Thanks for the excellent article on Meigs Field ("What Fate Meigs?" June Pilot). I live in Detroit, have an apartment in Chicago, and use Meigs as my easy-access gateway to the city about every other weekend.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 1999

Superior Air Parts enters the engine-overhaul market with a flourish Aircraft owners facing an engine overhaul now have another option to consider, thanks to an ever-aggressive Superior Air Parts. As has been true for a long time, in addition to the field overhaul (large or small shop, take your pick), you can have original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) or factory-rebuilt engines from both Continental and Lycoming.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1999

One of the most common questions that we receive as a result of pilot reports in AOPA Pilot is: "Why do new airplanes have so little payload?" Similarly, readers often complain that on few aircraft can you fill the seats and the fuel tanks and not be over the maximum gross weight. It's true that aircraft designs gain weight over time as new equipment, snazzy interiors, and accessories are added.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 1999

How to not lose your cool Professional prognosticators and armchair future-seers alike have come to almost universally predict the decimation of the old-guard, air-cooled piston engine for aircraft any day now — as soon as the next generation of high-tech, liquid-cooled wonders appears. Problem is, few of them have materialized in the last decade or four.

The Upgrade Express

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1996

Rather than taking a breather after successfully navigating the circuitous route out of bankruptcy, officials at The New Piper Aircraft have surged ahead with plans to modernize the company's products. The incremental product improvements reflect the same tack the company adopted midway through its four-year bankruptcy proceedings that ended last summer.