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Question of the Month

Article | Dec 20, 2015

Maintenance costs are generally the largest expense in a club’s budget other than the cost of acquiring an aircraft and purchasing fuel. So how do you estimate costs so your club can set its rates and fees appropriately to make sure you’ve got the funds to cover maintenance? The December Question of the Month explains how to calculate hourly costs for routine maintenance, as well as your engine reserve.

FAA issues SAIBs for Cessna, Piper wing spars

Advocacy | Dec 17, 2015

The owners of a number of Cessna and Piper models are being advised about possible wing spar problems under two recent special airworthiness information bulletins.

Fly like a fighter: Maintenance flight checks

Fly like a fighter | Dec 04, 2015

Retired U.S. Air Force pilot Larry Brown explains how general aviation pilots can borrow some practices from the Air Force's maintenance program to enhance safety.

Club Spotlight

Article | Oct 18, 2015

The Central Florida Flying Club was formed just a few months ago. And one of the most important things it does is the clean the bugs off the airplane after each flight. It might sound simple, and perhaps even trivial, but it’s all about creating a culture of camaraderie and respect for the aircraft, club rules, safety, and most importantly fellow members.

SAIB affects Beechcraft leading edge hinge pins

Advocacy | Sep 23, 2015

The FAA has issued a special airworthiness information bulletin warning the owners of Beechcraft Debonairs, Bonanzas, and Barons about the potential for corrosion on the wing leading edge hinge pin.

Overhauling overhauls

Article | Aug 18, 2015

New website Overhaulbids.com aims to help aircraft owners make confident, well-informed decisions about aircraft engine overhauls.

Aircraft maintenance: 10 tips to protect aircraft tires

Aircraft Maintenance | May 21, 2015

Aircraft tires are extremely resilient and reliable, but they're also critically important to safe takeoffs and landings. Here are 10 tips that can help you get the most from your tires, fly as safely as possible, and take good care of those round rubber friends.

Letters from our April 2015 issue

Pilot Magazine | May 06, 2015

Readers weigh in on the assortment of information in our P&E section, which offers technique tips, ownership ideas, and ways to stay proficient.