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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.

Museum offers inside look at Rolls-Royce, Allison engines

Article | May 21, 2014

Experience throttling up the Allison J35 turbojet engine, igniting the afterburner to produce a fuel flow that would empty a car's gas tank in 22 seconds, or debate the merits of the early Allison V1710 and Rolls-Royce Merlin engines at the interactive Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust Allison Branch museum in Indianapolis.

Superior AMOC gets grounded aircraft flying

Advocacy | May 20, 2014

Aircraft that have been grounded by an airworthiness directive affecting some Superior Air Parts replacement cylinder assemblies can get back in the air thanks to an alternative means of compliance approved by the FAA on May 19.

P&E Never Again: When push comes to shove

Pilot Magazine | May 14, 2014

A few years ago, I became interested in buying a Bearhawk—a homebuilt Experimental aircraft very similar to a Maule.

P&E Avionics: Synthetic Vision for tablets

Pilot Magazine | May 14, 2014

Garmin didn’t invent GPS-derived synthetic vision, but adding it to the G1000 avionics suite legitimized and popularized the technology.

P&E Ownership: Anatomy of a valve failure

Pilot Magazine | May 14, 2014

New, digital borescopes allow aircraft mechanics to thoroughly inspect the inner workings of piston engines without removing cylinders, but who knows how to interpret the images they see?

P&E Technique: Tipping point

Pilot Magazine | May 14, 2014

I bear on my forearman enduring reminder of the fallibilities of three-wheel vehicles.

P&E Technology: Flying the helmet

Pilot Magazine | May 14, 2014

I had the opportunity to test drive the most expensive helmet of all time—the one designed for the next-generation fighter-bomber, the Lockheed F–35 Lightning II.