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Fuel injection systems: You still need to maintain them

Aircraft Maintenance | Mar 25, 2015

If you are flying behind a fuel-injected aircraft engine, it pays to thoroughly understand how it works, how to maintain it, and what typically goes wrong when you encounter a problem.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Mar 15, 2015

For a cost-conscience flying club looking to offer advanced training or do some cross country flying, the Piper Arrow may be exactly what you’re looking for. While there are faster or bigger aircraft, the Arrow offers an easy step up from a Cherokee to a complex airplane, it has a decent useful load, and it’s inexpensive to operate. Dave Sanders of the Bay Area Aero Club in Pearland, Texas shares their experience.

Aircraft Maintenance: Lonely airplanes, problems that come with them

Aircraft Maintenance | Mar 12, 2015

Airplanes and pets have a lot in common: They like activity. Being left alone for extended periods of time can generate some undesired behaviors in both.

Illinois bill would lower aviation taxes, support airports

Advocacy | Mar 10, 2015

A bill introduced in the Illinois Senate Feb. 18 would expand an aircraft maintenance sales tax exemption, lower taxes on aviation fuel, and dedicate fuel tax revenue to fund airport improvements.

P&E: On Instruments

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

To many instrument-rated pilots, the Instrument Landing System (ILS) approach rates as the gold standard.

P&E: Proficiency

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

Six general aviation pilots who live near sea level had strikingly different reactions to hypoxia when exposed to the rarefied air at the AirDocs high-altitude training chamber at Western Michigan University.

P&E: Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

My most significant aviation learning started when my small airplane finally came to a stop with the right main gear and the tailwheel off the end of the Lagubang airstrip in the mountains of the southern Philippines.

P&E: Ownership

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

For both buyers and sellers, there are things to know about hiring a broker that can make or break a deal.

P&E: Frugal Flier

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

The adage that “A clean airplane is a safe airplane” has some truth in it.

P&E: Technique

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

I asked mountain flying instructors in Colorado how we can improve our mountain flying skills.

Try to comply

Pilot Magazine | Mar 09, 2015

FAR 91.213 is a rule that has troubled general aviation pilots and owners for years.

Aircraft Maintenance: Warm panel, cool wallet

Aircraft Maintenance | Feb 24, 2015

Pilots focus on preheating the engine during cold weather, but what about the cockpit? More than 30 percent of an aircraft's value is often tied up in the panel.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Feb 15, 2015

The Cessna 150 has been used to teach pilots to fly for decades and is still going strong. It is durable, simple to fly to and inexpensive to operate. It may not be fancy, but most pilots have a soft spot for this reliable little trainer. Pocono Mountains Flying Club President Paul Houle shares how his club is creating new pilots with the venerable Cessna 150.

Career Profile

Article | Feb 13, 2015

A&P mechanics ‘know in’s and out’s of what makes an airplane run’

The big decision: Buy new or used?

Article | Feb 13, 2015

Is it better to buy new or used aircraft? It depends on the needs and budget of each individual pilot.

Aircraft maintenance: Removing snow and ice

Aircraft Maintenance | Feb 12, 2015

For pilots in parts of the country where they are measuring the snowfall in feet, here are some tips to keep in mind when clearing the path to your aircraft. For starters, snow blowers and aircraft are a bad combination.

Pilot Getaways: Shenandoah Mountain retreat

Article | Feb 10, 2015

In Virginia's Allegheny Mountains, you'll find a fly-in community with an unusual combination of skiing, snowboarding, and golf just a few steps from the tiedown area. Family-friendly Bryce Resort is known for its all-season fun for everyone, according to Pilot Getaways.

Warbird flyover of D.C. planned for May 8

Article | Feb 05, 2015

Warbird organizations including the Commemorative Air Force will celebrate the seventieth anniversary of VE Day with a Washington, D.C., flyover.

P&E Dogfight: Making Training Relevant

Pilot Magazine | Feb 05, 2015

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines and Editor at Large Dave Hirschman debate the merits of pilot education—old-school rules or new-school style?

P&E Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Feb 05, 2015

The flight was planned to be a photography exercise, documenting the terrain of the New River Basin in Virginia and West Virginia.

P&E Ownership

Pilot Magazine | Feb 04, 2015

By even the most optimistic estimates, it will take at least two more decades before Jet A becomes a dominant fuel in the U.S. piston aircraft fleet.

P&E Proficiency

Pilot Magazine | Feb 04, 2015

Knowing where you are, where you came from, and where you are going is a core tenet of good airmanship.

2015 scholarships open for maintenance, flight attendants

Article | Feb 03, 2015

A new scholarship from National Business Aviation Association Charities will send current or aspiring maintenance technicians to Falcon Jet aircraft initial maintenance courses.

Florida tax exemption not being uniformly applied

Advocacy | Jan 20, 2015

AOPA is working to make sure that members are not taxed for tax-exempt aircraft parts and services in Florida.