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How to handle aircraft maintenance when traveling

Aircraft Maintenance | Aug 18, 2014

Having to deal with any form of aircraft maintenance when you're far from home isn't fun. Your resources are limited, you don't necessarily know the local fixed-base operator, and your options may be very limited. When you're away from home, it's in your best interest to become your own maintenance manager and advocate.

Pilot Getaways: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Article | Aug 13, 2014

Coeur d’Alene is a premier resort destination of the inland Northwest. Surrounded by pine-carpeted mountains, Coeur d’Alene Lake has been called one of the five most beautiful lakes in the world by National Geographic. Consider visiting on your way to the AOPA Fly-In in Spokane, Washington, on Aug. 16.

P&E Never Again: Uphill battle

Pilot Magazine | Aug 08, 2014

After nine years of high-powered performance, my partners and I sold our Beech Debonair. I was not ready to hang up my goggles, so I found a nice Aeronca 7EC Champ that had been modified with a 100-horsepower Continental O-200 engine and a climb prop.

P&E Weather Watch: ‘Back door’ cold fronts

Pilot Magazine | Aug 08, 2014

When we think of cold fronts we immediately conjure up a number of facts relevant to our flight planning—that they can be angry, fast-moving (say, 50-plus mph across the ground), and violent, packed with severe thunderstorms and the worst turbulence.

P&E/A&P: Early warning of valve trouble

Pilot Magazine | Aug 07, 2014

In a development that could improve the safety and reliability of piston aircraft engines, Savvy Analysis founder Mike Busch has created an automated warning system for impending exhaust valve failures.

Ignition gains approvals

Article | Aug 05, 2014

Electroair’s fuel-saving electronic ignition systems are an option for more certified aircraft than ever.

Summer vacation flying: Packing for your trip

Aircraft Maintenance | Aug 04, 2014

Before taking off on a trip where you’ll be gone for an extended period of time or flying in remote areas, gather some spare parts and tools to take along in case a maintenance issue arises along the way.

P&E Ownership: Birth of a blade

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

When discussing MT-Propeller’s line of natural composite propellers, you might be tempted to say, “Everything old is new again.” But you would be mistaken.

P&E Avionics: In touch with the newest Garmin displays

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

With hundreds of thousands shipped, the Garmin GNS 430/530 and their later WAAS-enabled versions dominate general aviation panels.

TALL TALE [ that’s true ]

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

Hang around aircraft restorers and you’ll inevitably hear tales of priceless historical relics hidden in barns, buried in shrink wrap, or otherwise stuck in time awaiting discovery.

Massachusetts legislature restores funds for A&P college program

Article | Jul 31, 2014

The Massachusetts legislature has restored funding for an A&P college program after efforts from aviation groups.

Mike Busch writes his first book

Article | Jul 30, 2014

Well-known aviation writer Mike Busch’s “Manifesto” is to be the first of a maintenance series.

Tips for smooth trips, part 2: Pre-trip maintenance

Aircraft Maintenance | Jul 18, 2014

Get your airplane ready for a long cross-country trip by keeping an eye out for these common “trip interrupters.”

Wisconsin members asked to take online tax survey

Advocacy | Jul 08, 2014

AOPA members in Wisconsin are asked to take a survey showing the benefits of a new maintenance tax exemption.

Savvy Analysis: Early warning of valve trouble

Article | Jul 08, 2014

Savvy Analysis founder Mike Busch has developed an automated warning system for impending exhaust valve failures.

Summer vacation flying: Maintenance tips for smooth trips

Aircraft Maintenance | Jul 08, 2014

Any successful cross-country trip requires careful maintenance planning well in advance of the first leg of the trip.

Aircraft maintenance: Breaking breakers

Aircraft Maintenance | Jun 25, 2014

When electrical system gremlins started to appear in A&P mechanic Jeff Simon's airplane, he discovered that his aircraft's circuit breakers (one of which was 41 years old) were failing one by one.

Martha's Vineyard: From Colonial Port to Island Resort

Article | Jun 17, 2014

There is an undeniable appeal to Martha's Vineyard, its villages hugging neat little harbors, farmland lined with rock-pile fences, and centuries-old lighthouses perched above the Atlantic.

Aircraft maintenance: Building an experimental aircraft

Aircraft Maintenance | Jun 17, 2014

The idea of building and flying your own aircraft can be daunting to the average pilot. But many things in aviation are a continuum: student to pilot, pilot to aircraft owner, owner to mechanic or builder.

Ownership: The Part 135 option

Pilot Magazine | Jun 09, 2014

Owning an airplane will change your life. Just try a few trips on the airlines after you purchase an airplane and you’ll understand that pretty quickly.

Eating the elephant: Using experience to qualify for your A&P certificate

Aircraft Maintenance | May 21, 2014

A decade of aircraft ownership may put you closer to your A&P certificate than you might think.