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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.

Embracing the Mustang

Article | May 14, 2015

Cal-Pacific Airmotive on Salinas Municipal Airport never set out to become a P-51 parts source and premier rebuilder of Mustangs.

P&E: On instruments

Pilot Magazine | May 11, 2015

The ILS visual transition

P&E: Ownership

Pilot Magazine | May 11, 2015

Any polished aluminum airplane presents its owner with a real-life character test—and a constantly updated report card.

P&E: Technique

Pilot Magazine | May 11, 2015

Not done correctly, transitioning to a larger aircraft can and has contributed to accidents.

Pilots prep historic DC overflight

Article | May 07, 2015

In commemoration of the seventieth anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, 56 vintage World War II military aircraft are completing a once-in-a-lifetime mission: crossing the skies of the nation’s capital in the Arsenal of Democracy: World War II Victory Capitol Flyover.

Explore the beauty of aircraft maintenance, restoration

Aircraft Maintenance | May 06, 2015

Understanding our aircraft ultimately makes us safer pilots, builds confidence, and reinforces the need to preserve the fleet of general aviation aircraft.

Repair tips for failed fuel injection system components

Aircraft Maintenance | Apr 22, 2015

Find out what components of the Continental continuous-flow fuel injection system can fail and how best to proceed with maintenance and repair if any of the parts do fail.

Concerns raised about Cessna 120, 140 seat belt brackets

Advocacy | Apr 21, 2015

A special airworthiness information bulletin raises airworthiness concerns about aluminum seat belt mounting brackets installed in Cessna model 120 and 140 aircraft.

Continental, Chinese university partner on GA training

Article | Apr 17, 2015

Continental Motors Group and the Civil Aviation University of China have signed a memorandum of understanding to support growing demand for general aviation in China, Continental announced April 15.

Fuel injection maintenance a must

Aircraft Maintenance | Apr 09, 2015

Fuel injection systems are designed to be fairly bulletproof with few moving parts. The result is outstanding reliability, but it also can lead to complacency.

P&E Ownership

Pilot Magazine | Apr 07, 2015

The weather is low and scuzzy. You’re in the clouds with an engine failure in your single-engine airplane. Can you make it safely down?

P&E: Dogfight

Pilot Magazine | Apr 06, 2015

To dazzle or not to dazzle—that’s this month’s “Dogfight” topic.

P&E: Technique

Pilot Magazine | Apr 06, 2015

This takeoff made me nervous, even though the performance tables in the pilot’s operating handbook assured me there would be plenty of margin.

P&E: Proficiency

Pilot Magazine | Apr 06, 2015

Wade very far into the regulations and equipment for providing supplemental and emergency oxygen and you’ll find yourself “in the weeds.”

P&E: Avionics

Pilot Magazine | Apr 06, 2015

It seems like the tail wagging the dog, but iPad apps that sell for $150 a year or less are beginning to drive avionics purchases that may total tens of thousands of dollars.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

A recent legal decision reminds us that a pilot (or any other operator) is personally responsible to ensure that an aircraft on which any maintenance has been performed is appropriately signed off for return to service before the aircraft is operated.

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: 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.