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Smokin': Buying 200 Knots for $200,000: If speed is your goal, there is a nice selection of over-200-knot airplanes available for under $200,000. But there's more to the story than purchase price. Jan 1, 2021 2656
Risky Business: Imports, Mods, Leaseback: Every used aircraft deal carries a certain level of risk, but some complex scenarios are better left alone. Jan 1, 2021 2030
Aerobatic Training: Good Times Rolling. Jun 1, 2020 3388
Supercharging: Bolt-On Power: For less than half the price of aftermarket turbocharging, a supercharger can improve rate of climb and cruise performance. May 1, 2020 2272
Aircraft Management: Ownership Simplified. Apr 1, 2020 3635
Buying The Old Ones: Homework Mandatory: Whether it's an antique, classic or one of the smaller warbirds, what you don't know will prove expensive. Education is ammunition. Mar 1, 2020 2534
ADS-B OUT PURGATORY. Mar 1, 2020 808
Stayin' Alive: Pinch Hitter Courses: Here's what we think should he in a course for flying partners who want to he able to land if the pilot is incapacitated. Feb 1, 2020 2591
Replacing the Glass: The Time Will Come How you care for acrylic aircraft windows greatly affects their expected life. Replacement options include thickness, tint and UV protection. Dec 1, 2019 1831
Your Flight Review: Inexpensive Prep Tips: There are plenty of inexpensive or free resources available to help you prepare for your flight review. A little homework can make the FR a breeze. Nov 1, 2019 1737
Commercial Pilot Prep: King Schools Tops: If you want to fly for a living, we won't call you nuts, but intensive dual saves money and King Schools is best for the written. Oct 1, 2019 2675
Alternator Fixes: Repair, Overhaul, New: If a charging system problem proves to be an alternator issue, examine your options before springing for a new one. We favor Plane Power. Sep 1, 2019 2435
Electronic Ignition: Coming of Age: A second electronic ignition system has received certification. We like the choices now available for those who want to get rid of one magneto. Aug 1, 2019 2198
Aerobatic Cruisers: All-Purpose Fun:You fly for the pure enjoyment of it and to get places efficiently Why not do it in a plane that kicks the fun up a notch? But do a careful prebuy. Jul 1, 2019 2578
uAvionix skyBeacon: One User's Experience: Installation of the uAvionix skyBeacon was fast and straightforward. Meeting the FAA-defined rebate performance standards was another matter. Jun 1, 2019 623
The ATP Rating: Expensive Training: Getting the multi-engine airplane ATP is a complex, dollar-intensive process. Go into it with open eyes and serious determination. May 1, 2019 2511
Warranty Coverage: Read the Document: Whether it's a new airplane, new avionics or just putting your airplane into the shop for maintenance, know what the warranty covers. Apr 1, 2019 1375
Vortex Generators: Got STOL? Think Twice: VGs are tiny vortices that keep airflow over the wing laminar at lower speeds, reducing stall speed and Vmc. The $2500 investment may be worth it. Mar 1, 2019 2442
Exhaust Systems: Keeping Them Healthy: Exhaust systems do their job in a world of heat, stress and vibration. Inspect them regularly and carefully--failure can be catastrophic. Feb 1, 2019 1254
New FAA Reg Review: Sims Even More Useful: New FARs allow expanded use of Aviation Training Devices to meet IFR recency of experience requirements. This can be a big cost savings. Jan 1, 2019 614
Step-Up Sim Training: Tailor It For You; The best aircraft upgrade training is simulator based. A good training facility should be willing to customize the training to fit your particular needs. Sep 1, 2018 2158
Multi-Engine Rating: Pricey, Challenging, Fun: We think it's realistic to be able to get the rating with 10 hours of dual in less than a week for under $5000 if you show up prepared and are willing to work hard. Aug 1, 2018 1928
Best Tugs: Sophisticated Towing: With an onboard computer and airplane-specific software, Best Tugs will shut down before applying enough torque to damage the landing gear. Product/service evaluation Aug 1, 2018 625
Aircraft Tugs: Electric Power Dominates: For overall reliability and cold-weather ops, we recommend a battery-powered electric tug. For gasoline, the PowerTow 40 EZ is a proven design. Jul 1, 2018 3627
Electroair EIS: Feedback and Questions: Electroair responds to comments and questions about its electronic ignition system from users and prospective buyers. Jul 1, 2018 626
Home Flight Sims: FlyThisSim Is A Top Pick: High tech has brought sophisticated capability to desktop flight simulators at surprisingly low prices. Buying one for recurrent training may make sense. Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2018 1675
Electroair's Electronic Ignition: Performance: Developed from the auto racing world, Electroair's high-energy, variable-timed ignition system measurably improves performance and efficiency. May 1, 2018 1790
Three-Blade Props: Good-Looking, Smooth: When it's time to replace your two-bladed prop is it worth spending the extra bucks for a three-blade? We think the decision boils down to emotion. Essay Apr 1, 2018 1720
The FAA 709 Checkride: Protecting Yourself: Don't Panic. If the FAA demands that you take a 709 re-examination checkride, some flying and evaluation time with a CFI should pay big dividends. Apr 1, 2018 2013
Used SE Turboprops: Engines Drive Value: They're powerful they're reliable and suddenly they're everywhere. Operating costs are near those of piston twins but an engine problem can cost a fortune. Mar 1, 2018 3285
IFR Training Courses: Sporty's, King, PIC Win: To get through the rating efficiently we recommend immersing yourself. We like Sporty's and King for ground school and PIC for accelerated flight training. Feb 1, 2018 3335
INSTRUMENT TRAINING IN IMC? YES! Viewpoint essay Feb 1, 2018 628
Window Replacement: Options Abound: When it's time to replace your acrylic windows options include thicker material, numerous tints and infrared-blocking materials. Jan 1, 2018 1944
Mountain Flying: Training Required: When the rocks and the density altitude are high, special operating techniques are required. We recommend ground and flight training before going. Jan 1, 2018 3089
Restraint Systems: Repairs and Upgrades: They keep us alive without our thinking about them, yet belts and straps wear out. Repair is surprisingly inexpensive and upgrades abound. Dec 1, 2017 2217
Remote Heat Switching: Wemo Smart Plugs Win: Control your engine heater remotely with cellphone-activated switching from FST or SwitchBox. When Wi-Fi is available, Wemo Smart Plugs are a bargain. Product/service evaluation Nov 1, 2017 1846
Hot Starting: Science and Art: Hot starting problems can be minimized by monitoring ignition system health and controlling vapor in fuel lines. Aftermarket devices can help. Nov 1, 2017 1945
Redbird GIFT: Flight Training Upgrade: By taking advantage of developments in artificial intelligence and flight sim visual displays, we think redbird has found a better way to teach maneuvers. Product/service evaluation Oct 1, 2017 1464
Pulse oximeters: too cheap to ignore: prices on these safety gadgets have plunged to the point that there's no excuse not to have one. At the high end, we like the Nonin products, but the cheap ones will suffice. Sep 1, 2017 2775
American champion: Full-service factory: as general aviation manufacturing has slowed, American champion is meeting the challenge by expanding into refurbs, mods and repair. Company overview Sep 1, 2017 2240
Warbird ownership: respect required: stepping into the Major league of general aviation requires big money and a commitment to undergoing effective and regular Training. Aug 1, 2017 3719
Honda HA-420 serious contender: the newest entrant to the competitive world of light jets has made its presence known through performance, efficiency and attention to detail. Product/service evaluation Jul 1, 2017 1874
Airbag seabelts: Pricey, but effective: airbag seatbelts are now available for retrofit in 150 different types of general aviation airplanes. We think the added occupant protection is worth the cost. Jun 1, 2017 2343
The CFI rating: getting it, using it: The flying part of the CFI rating is secondary; what's important is learning how to teach. ASA, Gleim and King schools are top choices for prep materials. May 1, 2017 2599
Antiques and classics: owning and operating. Mar 1, 2017 3765
Retrofit de-icing: ThermaWing impresses. Product/service evaluation Feb 1, 2017 3269
Financing an aircraft: using a broker helps. Feb 1, 2017 1283
Portable oxygen: mountain high is tops. Product/service evaluation Jan 1, 2017 3510
Upset training: recurrency is key. Dec 1, 2016 3724
Hiring a ferry service: cost varies by complexity. Dec 1, 2016 2379
Stratus 2S ADS-B in: good used market buy. Product/service evaluation Dec 1, 2016 605
Speed mods: Bucks for Knots. Buyers guide Nov 1, 2016 3964
Portable CO detectors: CO experts best. Product/service evaluation Oct 1, 2016 3603
Icon A5: sophisticated, fun. Product/service evaluation Aug 1, 2016 3771
Corrosion prevention: cheap insurance. Buyers guide Aug 1, 2016 2342
Instrument test prep: Sporty's, King tops: there is intense competition in the internet-based, instrument test prep world, which is reflected in the high quality and reasonable prices of the courses. Jul 1, 2016 2358
Building a hangar: shelter, not investment: we like the availability and quality of pre-engineered hangars, but caution against building on a public-use airport. Don't bank on a money-making resale. Jun 1, 2016 3404
Operational blunders: protecting yourself. Apr 1, 2016 4119
Discount fuel cards: best for jet fuel. Mar 1, 2016 1391
Electronic pilot logs: we favor EFB integration. Mar 1, 2016 2554
Oil analysis providers: it's about service. Feb 1, 2016 2615
Maule M-7-235C: utility STOL: with an engine that can burn autogas, a decent cruise speed and the ability to get in and out short, the M-7-235C is the utility infielder of piston singles. Product/service evaluation Jan 1, 2016 2805
Your flight review: maximizing value: keeping the cost down and getting the most out of your flight review means good communication with your CFI and doing your homework ahead of time. Jan 1, 2016 2784
Exhaust systems: inspection is critical. Dec 1, 2015 2488
Tailwheel training: bring your A game. Oct 1, 2015 2272
Borescope imaging: getting the inside view. Oct 1, 2015 2659
Personal flotation devices: wide market choice. Sep 1, 2015 1403
Intercoolers: turbo enhancement: properly designed, intercoolers allow a turbocharged engine to develop more power at higher altitude and improve detonation margins and engine longevity. Sep 1, 2015 2001
Stratus 1S and 2S: more features, reliability: Stratus 1S has features and a price to attract the VFR pilot while the 2S unabashedly aims at sophisticated IFR, corporate and airline users. Product/service evaluation Sep 1, 2015 552
Fuel pumps: overhaul on condition. Aug 1, 2015 2263
Aviation insurance: soft market, low prices. Aug 1, 2015 3069
Composite propellers: longevity, efficiency: although pricey, composite props offer reduced weight and vibration, very long blade life and may increase airplane performance. Jul 1, 2015 2419
Aircraft finance: a good time to buy: loan rates are as low as they've been in convenient memory--and look to stay that way for at least the next several months. Jul 1, 2015 1193
Vacuum pump-411: continually improving. Jun 1, 2015 2828
Fire extinguishers: Halon, not dry chem. Jun 1, 2015 1858
Windshield care: clean and repel rain. May 1, 2015 1982
Renting a jet: options increasing. Buyers guide May 1, 2015 1603
OpenAirplane: rent while traveling. Apr 1, 2015 2190
Multi-engine trainers: a strong field: the Piper Seminole is still the trainer of choice, hut we think the Tecnam P2006T may be a lower cost replacement if it's robust enough for training. Mar 1, 2015 2769
Starter replacement: consider weight, hot starts. Mar 1, 2015 2083
Aircraft survival kits: vest is best. Feb 1, 2015 2626
Pilot flight bags: a tote for every purpose. Feb 1, 2015 2902
Choosing a floatplane: what's a good one: A lot of airplanes have been put on floats--with varying results. Here are criteria for selecting a good one and our choices for the best. Dec 1, 2014 2260
Aircraft brakes: assuring you'll stop: modern aircraft brakes are reliable, effective and inexpensive to keep up, if common sense preventive maintenance is performed. Nov 1, 2014 2457
Redbird Xwind sim: conquering crosswinds: using the redbird xwind simulator, crosswind concepts, ltd. has developed an inexpensive, effective crosswind training course. Product/service evaluation Nov 1, 2014 1540
Electroaies affordable electronic ignition: electroair's STC'd electronic ignition system promises to reduce fuel consumption and increase power at a cost-effective price. owners tell us it works. Product/service evaluation Oct 1, 2014 1481
Bug off: cleaning Leading Edges: cleaning bug splat off leading edges isn't a big deal--if it's done right after a flight. wash wax all makes a tough job easier for procrastinators. Sep 1, 2014 1239
Portable cabin coolers: comfort from ice: it's not air conditioning, but for under $660, ice, cold water, a heat exchanger and fan really can increase cabin comfort on a hot day. B-Kool tops the list. Buyers guide Aug 1, 2014 2021
Mutt Muffs: K-9 hearing protection: protecting your dog's hearing in the high-noise environment of the cockpit is important. Mutt Muffs will help if they will stay on your dog's head. Product/service evaluation Aug 1, 2014 468
Turbine upgrades: Training required: Low prices for turbine airplanes getting you interested in moving up? Plan on some completing some no-nonsense schooling in order to get insurance. Jul 1, 2014 2182
When the interior's out for a refurb or avionics upgrade, less than $2000 in materials and labor should quiet the cabin measurably. Jun 1, 2014 1964
Glass training aids: saving checkout money: learning the complexities of glass takes effort--we think these commercial courses can reduce expensive dual time in the airplane. Jepp is best by a whisker. Buyers guide Jun 1, 2014 3091
Epic E1000: big power and speed: starting with a successful kit-built hotrod, Epic Aviation seeks to certificate a 1200-HP personal traveling machine with jet-like performance. Product/service evaluation May 1, 2014 2843
Xtreme decathlon: formidable yet refined: hanging 210 HP on the Decathlon and increasing the roll rate by 30 percent cranked up performance without hurting its superb manners on the ground. Product/service evaluation Apr 1, 2014 3211
Making your prop last: neglect is expensive: aluminum propellers are amazingly reliable and durable, nevertheless, a little care and preventive maintenance can make them last even longer. Apr 1, 2014 2135
Safety refurbs: crashworthiness: mods that will improve the crashworthiness of your airplane or increase its overall level of safety when something goes wrong. Mar 1, 2014 3050
Gap seal mods: Improved handling: initially promoted as a speed mod, aileron and flap gap seals should give a small improvement in cruise, but the major benefit is in roll rate and handling.. Mar 1, 2014 1958
Turbochargers: care and feeding: careful engine operation and preventive maintenance should allow a turbo to last well over 1000 hours. good troubleshooting keeps costs under control. Feb 1, 2014 2770
Life insurance for pilots: available, affordable: a pilot certificate does not automatically mean high prices or limited coverage for life insurance--if you do your homework and see a specialist broker. Jan 1, 2014 2310
Pocket pilot plus: cockpit organizer: what looked to be just another trinket for pilots proved useful in service and was unfazed by turbulence. Product/service evaluation Jan 1, 2014 622

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