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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.