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Airframe and Powerplant

Article | Oct 01, 2005

How FAA information helps owners Airplane owners who take an interest in the full scope of ownership — not just in the piloting skills required to plan and complete their flights — learn that the real struggle involved in ownership boils down to information. There's no shortage — it seems as if everyone even remotely involved in aviation fancies himself an expert on some subject and is willing to share his expertise.

Never Again Online: Off radar in the Mojave Triangle

Article | Oct 01, 2003

When my sister suggested that I meet her in Las Vegas for her fiftieth birthday last May, I decided to fly there; it had been a year since I had flown solo to a new destination. I chose Henderson Executive Airport, 11 miles south of The Strip and under the Las Vegas Class B airspace, as my destination airport.

Never Again Online: Smilin' Jack's

Article | Aug 01, 2003

I was a low-time pilot with 188 hours total, 135 of those in a 1972 Piper Arrow I had purchased at a fair price from a business that might be called "Smilin' Jack's Pre-Owned Planes and Air Drayage." The Arrow was represented as having a recent major overhaul by Jack's A&P. The A&P at my FBO did a prepurchase inspection and gave the Arrow his OK, although he asked about the orange RTV (room-temperature vulcanizing, otherwise known as silicone sealer) beaded around the middle of the crankcase and cylinder bases.

Never Again Online: The most exciting day

Article | Mar 01, 2003

The most exciting day of my life was nearly my last. Total engine failure in the clouds over mountainous terrain in a piston single probably ranks right up near the top of the general aviation pilot's worst-nightmare list.

Never Again Online: Bad rush

Article | Nov 01, 2002

We were on an overnight trip in Burlington, Vermont. I was the first officer on a Piper Chieftain, and my captain and I had been scheduled for a leisurely afternoon departure.

Never Again Online: One down, none to go

Article | Oct 01, 2001

The meetings in St. Louis broke up early and everyone was rushing to the airport to try to get an earlier flight home.

Airframe and Powerplant

Article | Feb 01, 2001

Sample equipment list with weight-and-balance spreadsheet AOPA Pilot's Steven W. Ells in his February 2001 "Airframe and Powerplant: Checking Your List" encourages aircraft owners to update the equipment lists for their aircraft.

Multi-Engine Airplane Survival

Article | Oct 01, 1970

Most light twins will perform as advertised — the others will do better — if they have good engines, but a lot depends upon the pilot's understanding the power he has available and how to use it. Congratulations.