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A lucky find

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2011

Photography by Mike Fizer If Pat Smith’s V-tail Bonanza were to be purchased today in the same condition it was in 1996 when he bought it, it would have a base price of $85,000, according to a Vref estimate, but back then it cost $71,500; it had been newly refurbished by one of the nation’s busiest Bonanza repair shops. There was new paint, a new interior, an engine overhaul by another company, and a rebuilt nose gear because of an accident in the Dallas area.

First flights

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2011

Whew! After a hunt lasting two months, we finally found our 2011 sweepstakes airplane. The Crossover Classic-to-be is a 1974 Cessna 182P; it lived at the Middletown, Ohio, Regional Airport (MWO) and belonged to Thomas C. Wortley, a local businessman. As a restoration project, this airplane is near perfect, with just 1,754.6 total hours on the airframe, long-range fuel tanks, a recently overhauled engine, and an original Cessna/ARC instrument panel, with two exceptions: Garmin¿s GMA 340 audio panel and SL30 nav/com.

Cirrus SR22T

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

The new Cirrus SR22T is the most obvious response to date by an aircraft manufacturer to the concerns of potential new aircraft buyers about the future of leaded avgas. Officials at Teledyne Continental Motors say the new -K model of the TSIO-550 engine on the SR22T gives Cirrus buyers a path to a lead-free future.


Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

Jill W. Tallman’s article raises the question “Are self-certified pilots unsafe?” (“Fun to Fly Sweepstakes: ‘A Little Bit Different,’” April 2010 AOPA Pilot).

Frugal Flyer: Free engine overhaul

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2010

A Watching a fellow pilot heft several five-gallon cans of auto fuel onto the wing of his experimental airplane and pour the contents into the fuel tanks, I couldn’t resist the urge to tease him about being such a cheapskate. After all, this was a Russian-made aerobat that cost more than $150,000.

Cub Partners

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2010

Don Glasser (left) and Mike Merritt worked on the world’s most advanced military fighters before collaborating on a low-tech Piper Cub. The airport in the shadow of Georgia’s Kennesaw Mountain was nearly vacant on a late February afternoon as the two friends considered their next move.


Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2009

I thoroughly enjoyed Tom Haines’ Goodyear blimp article (“One Giant Icon,” May 2009 AOPA Pilot), which brought back the memory of my ride as a kid oh so many years ago. It was from the Goodyear base on Watson Island in Miami, I believe on the ship Mayflower.

Mass. transportation overhaul moves aeronautics to DOT

Advocacy | Jul 01, 2009

An overhaul of the Massachusetts transportation system signed into law June 26 will replace the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission with an aeronautics division in the newly formed state Department of Transportation.

Waypoints: Lean of peak savings quantified

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2009

Editor in Chief Tom Haines uses his Beechcraft A36 Bonanza for business and pleasure flights. The controversy around lean-of-peak engine operations continues to fascinate me.

Waypoints: The owner-hindered annual inspection

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

Editor in Chief Tom Haines owns a Beechcraft Bonanza A36, hangared in Frederick, Maryland. The regulations are rather clear about what a pilot who is not a certificated maintenance technician can do to maintain and repair his airplane.