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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.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2005

Measuring how airframe fatigue affects aircraft There's no disagreement from anyone — AOPA, the FAA, owners groups, and airplane manufacturers — that airframe fatigue must be addressed. But it isn't an easy task.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2005

Why you need an oil filter In the beginning there were dinosaurs and prehistoric flora and fauna. There were no airplanes.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2005

AOPA General Counsel John S. Yodice has been reporting on aviation law for more than 30 years.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2004

Is it airworthy? You're not getting older, you're getting better" may not apply to your aging aircraft. The average age of the general aviation fleet is now 30 years old.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2004

FAA paperwork. Extensive and mostly monotonously uneventful — especially for those of us who are "noncommercial" owners and pilots operating under Part 91 of the federal aviation regulations, and even more especially for those of us who rely on maintenance personnel to keep our maintenance records up to snuff (commercial operators are schooled to maintain records).

Turbine Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2003

New meaning to the phrase 'Ready to fly' Piston-engine aircraft maintenance requirements are relatively simple: Change the oil, comply with an occasional airworthiness directive, get an annual, and fix it when it breaks. But with turbine-powered aircraft the requirements are a bit more demanding and detailed.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2003

AOPA tackles the ADs An ounce of prevention is worth...well, when it comes to aircraft safety, it depends on whether you're an aircraft owner flying on the margin of affordability, a manufacturer covering its assets, or the FAA issuing an airworthiness directive that could affect thousands of aircraft. You've just opened the letter notifying you that safety-related repairs and/or a schedule of inspections for your aircraft are required, and probably the first rush of feeling that gets through the shock is the "back-pocket blues." How much is this going to cost? It's a good question, and one that is part of the equation that determines AOPA's response on behalf of its more than 400,000 members, says Craig Brown, senior technical specialist for AOPA's Aviation Services department.

FAA heeds AOPA and MOPA, rescinds proposed MU-2 AD

Article | Sep 01, 2003

Heeding AOPA's recommendation, the FAA has officially rescinded an onerous proposed airworthiness directive (AD) on Mitsubishi MU-2 airplanes. The proposed AD, based upon one report of improper maintenance, would have mandated replacement of a part to prevent flap system failure.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2003

Researchers delve into the effects of time on aircraft Should U.S. pilots be concerned when a foreign air safety agency issues airworthiness directives (ADs) that apply to their airplanes? Does a foreign AD that establishes a life limit on a vital airplane component, such as a wing, merely signal that foreign aviation safety agencies are overly conservative, or should U.S.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2003

When aircraft equipment isn't STCed You've just returned from AOPA Expo where you've spotted a piece of equipment that you are sure will complete your airplane. So you run to your mechanic and tell him what you've found.

FAA responds to AOPA, approves less costly inspections for Ercoupe wing spar

Article | Mar 01, 2003

The FAA this week issued a final airworthiness directive (AD) incorporating recommendations made by AOPA and the Ercoupe Owners Club (EOC) for alternative wing spar inspection procedures. AOPA and EOC had opposed the FAA's proposed inspection procedures as too costly and less effective at detecting corrosion than other available methods.


Article | Jan 01, 2003

AOPA Pilot Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines has flown dozens of models of piston and turbine airplanes.

AOPA asks FAA to rescind changes to field approval policy

Article | Nov 25, 2002

James J. BalloughDirector, Flight Standards ServiceFederal Aviation Administration800 Independence Ave., SWWashington, DC 20591 Revised FAA Flight Standards Airworthiness Inspectors Handbook 8300.10 Vol.2 Chapter 1—"Field Approvals" Dear Mr.

FAA delays start date for new repair station rule

Article | Nov 05, 2002

U.S. Department of TransportationDocket Management System400 7th Street, SWRoom PL 401Washington, DC 20591-0001 RE: AEA/AIA/ASA/NATA Petition Dated 21 October 2002 to Postpone Implementation of the Changes to 14 CFR §145 To Whom It May Concern: The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), representing the interests of its more than 387,000 members who own, operate, and maintain aircraft, supports the postponement of the planned changes to the regulations pertaining to certificated repair stations, Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 145.

Budget Buys

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2002

Beechcraft BE-77 Skipper: A plush trainer that's a good buy The Beechcraft Skipper (type designator BE-77) is one of general aviation's rarae aves, a limited-production T-tail trainer that was only built for three years, from 1979 to 1981. It came on the scene just when GA sales hit their peak, and its assembly line shut down just as small aircraft sales began the downward spiral of the 1980s.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2002

Every pilot understands that it is his or her responsibility to be sure that the aircraft about to be flown is in good condition. It's common sense.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2002

Manufacturers' service information is a valuable resource for airplane owners The Book of Great Books condensed Charles Dickens' David Copperfield down to eight pages. A current paperback version of this sentimental English memoir/novel fills 912 pages.

Budget Buy

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2002

Piper Warriors and Archers are good first buys Of all the airplanes in the low-cost, used, entry-level market the Piper Warrior and Archer stand out as two of the more attractive buys. They get high marks for reliability and economy, and they have a more modern look than many other low-cost airplanes.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2002

Washington-area airports face hard times Three Washington, D.C.-area general aviation airports were allowed to reopen following the lifting of enhanced Class B rules in mid-December, but another three remained closed. Airport managers are blaming national security officials for not understanding or caring about GA.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2002

A fresh look at prepurchase surveys Caveat emptor is a Latin phrase meaning "let the buyer beware." Keep this principle in mind if you intend to buy an airplane. A prepurchase survey conducted by a mechanic with experience on the make and model of airplane being considered for purchase is vital and invaluable, but it's not all that's required.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2001

Perseverance and a bulldog-like attitude are required to keep up with airworthiness directives When John Q. Public bought a 1981 Cessna 172RG last summer he made the leap from airplane renter to airplane owner.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2001

Dozens of type clubs carry on the "keep 'em flying" challenge "Left, more left!" shouted the bombardier over the noise of the slipstream whipping past the open clamshell-style cabin doors. "Farther left," she shouted — and then she dropped the bomb.

Budget Buys

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2001

Citabria and Decathlon pilots have more funSlick ads and new-aircraft displays entice you, but somehow, after the kids get their lunch money and the sport-ute is filled with gas, there isn't an extra $130,000 or $200,000 around for the purchase. So the goal becomes, as Bellanca-Champion Club President Robert Szego puts it, "access to the beauty of the sky" at an affordable price.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2001

Twenty percent of partial power failures or power losses are the result of bad internal exhaust baffles What part on your airplane isn't likely to be a prime topic of hangar flying sessions, must be leak-checked during each annual inspection, was at the center of a controversy that resulted in new procedures for implementing airworthiness directives, and glows red-hot during cruise power operations? If your answer is the airplane's exhaust system, go to the front of the takeoff line. 321 stainless steel and Inconel Although there are still some mild steel exhaust systems used on a few homebuilt airplanes, 321 stainless steel — a chromium-nickel steel — is used for almost all of today's general aviation exhaust systems.