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Layering STCs: Understanding and managing the risks

Aircraft Maintenance | Nov 21, 2013

The concept of implementing STCs on previously modified aircraft is known as "layering STCs," and doing it properly is paramount to safety.

FAA approves wingtip device 'cradle' for some aircraft

Article | Nov 14, 2013

The FAA has approved a system for attaching electronic devices to the wingtips of many Cessna and Piper aircraft.

Improve aircraft performance with more power, part 5

Aircraft Maintenance | Nov 04, 2013

Looking for more power? Start by maximizing what you already have, then check into supplemental type certificates.

Classic in the making

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

It happens at 125 miles per hour. That’s the speed at which the sound of the rushing wind drowns out the growl of the Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer’s 180-horsepower engine.

Improve aircraft performance with efficiency mods, part 4

Aircraft Maintenance | Oct 23, 2013

If you own an aircraft produced in reasonably large numbers, you can be assured that there are companies marketing modifications to improve performance. However, it pays to be a bit skeptical when evaluating any specific speed gains promised.

Mid-Continent unveils lithium batteries, educational seminars

Article | Oct 21, 2013

Mid-Continent Instrument Co. announced Oct. 21 that it now offers two new, advanced-technology lithium-ion batteries.

New swept prop for TBMs

Article | Oct 03, 2013

Hartzell Propeller is taking orders for a new five-blade composite propeller for the Daher-Socata TBM 700 and 850 models.

Young blood

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

At 7 o’clock on a June morning—an hour when many teenagers on summer vacation still would be asleep—eight high school students form an attentive group around a Glasair Aviation employee.

Swept-blades for C90 family

Article | Sep 23, 2013

A swept-blade propeller developed by Hartzell and Raisbeck will be available for King Air C90 models beginning in January.

Maintenance: Improving aircraft performance, part 1

Aircraft Maintenance | Sep 12, 2013

Indulge your wild side and find out what you can do to your aircraft to improve true airspeed in the quest to win you bragging rights as the fastest (insert your aircraft here) out there.

Piper reports rising revenue, trainer deal

Article | Aug 02, 2013

Piper Aircraft reported an 11 percent increase in revenue in the first half of 2013 compared to the first half of 2012.

Hartzell to sponsor Team AeroDynamix

Article | Aug 01, 2013

Hartzell Propeller has installed its newest composite props on Team AeroDynamix aircraft and will sponsor the 12-airplane formation group for the next five years.

Efficiency: Perfect pitch

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Unmanned aircraft and airboats would seem to have little to offer general aviation, but growth in the two industries is spurring advancements in propeller design and other technologies—with positive implications for aircraft owners and pilots.

ECi gets STC for 180-hp O-320 replacement

Article | Jul 30, 2013

Engine Components International (ECi) announced July 29 that it has obtained a supplemental type certificate (STC) for the 180-horsepower Titan 340 Stroker engine, a direct replacement for the Lycoming O-320 engine series.

Propeller care: Overhauls

Aircraft Maintenance | Jul 16, 2013

Many owners of fixed-pitch propellers are unaware that a TBO even exists for their props. But it does, and for good reason.

New avionics approved for Piper Saratoga

Article | Jul 16, 2013

Avidyne and NexAir Avionics received a supplemental type certificate from the FAA for its integrated flight deck for the Piper Saratoga.

Propeller care: Preventive maintenance

Aircraft Maintenance | Jul 08, 2013

Preventive maintenance begins with regular, careful inspections of the propeller. Even small areas of damage such as nicks and rock dings can represent stress points that can lead to cracks or corrosion.

Aircraft maintenance: Propeller care

Aircraft Maintenance | Jun 26, 2013

Here’s a quiz: What travels at speeds in excess of 500 miles per hour, endures 10 tons to 20 tons of force trying to rip it apart and gets so little respect that the average pilot equates it to a tow-bar? It’s your old pal the propeller.

Avidyne secures STC for DFC90 Bonanza installations

Article | May 14, 2013

A long-awaited supplemental type certificate is now available for Beechcraft Bonanza owners who wish to install Avidyne's DFC90 autopilot in conjunction with Aspen avionics.