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Thursday, 22 January 2015 20:58

The Ins and Outs of Owner-Assisted Annuals

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April 2005- There are a lot of reasons you should consider finding a shop that will let you help with your aircraft's annual inspection. And saving money isn't one of them.Two words strike fear into the heart of every aircraft owner: Annual Inspection – the yearly ritual that's just slightly less dreaded than a visit to "Dr. Jellyfinger." But, as they say, you gotta' do what you gotta' do if you want to keep flying.
Thursday, 22 January 2015 20:50

Modifications and Good Things for the Cessna 182

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April 2005- The observation that Bill is a pampered Cessna 182 borders on understatement. This Skylane left the Cessna factory in December 1966 as a state-of-the-art IFR flying machine with a full avionics stack including an autopilot.Bill now shares a 60 x 80-foot heated hangar with three other aircraft. As he resides in these comfy surroundings, his owner continually upgrades his equipment list with numerous STCs, Field Modifications and additional Cessna Options.
Thursday, 22 January 2015 20:41

Bobcat UC78

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March 2005- Sixty-five years ago, our country focused all its energy in an epic struggle. The young were called to arms. The U.S. industrial machine awoke from a decade of economic depression to produce war materials. Aircraft came off the production lines in unheard of numbers. After the war, these aircraft decayed in remote areas or went to smelters for reuse in the aluminum industry.
Thursday, 22 January 2015 20:34

Mother of All Seaplanes

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February 2005- On Sept.15, 2004, and again on Sept. 19, 2004, Captain H. James Poel—a 61-year-old retired American Airlines Boeing 777 captain—made the first flights in a reproduction of the 1911 Curtiss A-1.The Curtiss A-1 "Triad" was the United States Navy's first airplane and the first amphibious aircraft to be flown in this country. The reproduction A-1 (built, owned and operated by the Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, New York; (www.linkny.com/curtissmuseum) made its initial flights from the southern end of Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes District of Upstate New York, the very location from which Glenn Curtiss had staged the original A-1 flights in 1911.
Thursday, 22 January 2015 20:27

How To Survive an STC

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February 2005- This portion of the article about the application process for Supplemental Type Certificates was generated by listening to aircraft owners, A&Ps and A&P/IAs across the United States complaining about Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) no longer approving Field Approvals Form 337 for aircraft.
Thursday, 22 January 2015 20:21

C-421 Golden Eagle

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February 2005- An eight-seat airplane that offers near-jet comfort and performance at twin-piston prices, the model 421 was the top of Cessna's piston-engine line from 1967-1985. It's still an impressive performer today, used by pilots for business and personal purposes. But it uses unusual engines that require careful operation to reach TBO, and many people expect that Cessna and the FAA will shortly require expensive wing spar inspections and repairs. And 421 pilots should get recurrent training—operated carelessly, this airplane can be dangerous!
January 2015- Hi Steve,This year I took my 1976 Cessna 182P to a new shop for my annual since I heard that it a good idea to switch to a different shop from time to time. The new shop manager called me to say that the airplane was in pretty good shape, but... (hearing "but" from a new mechanic is never welcome!).Most of the squawks he read off over the phone were not unexpected, but one was. He told me that the cowling shock mounts were completely worn out and that had allowed the cowling to move so much that the center induction tube and the carburetor inlet duct had been worn through.Needless to say, this is a complete surprise to me. I went down and took a look, and he's right. It looks like the wear has been going on for some time.Have you seen this before? Is it unusual? Is there anything that can be done to eliminate this kind of wear? —Bad Cowl Carl
Thursday, 15 January 2015 20:26

Push To Talk: Traveling Backward

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January 2015- I am proud to say, I am a child of the 1960's. Who could have had a more exciting time to grow up? We had the Beatles; The Rolling Stones; Crosby, Stills and Nash. We grew our hair long, we ran naked in the woods, we explored philosophy and religions from other worlds.We were also troubled about so much of the world going on around us. There was the Vietnam War, civil rights, the environment—that's just the beginning of the list—and we took all of it on.We marched, we protested, we sang, we voted—and most of all, we stepped up. Many of the changes in and improvements to the world today had their genesis in the 1960s. And that's a fact.The 1960s were also a good time for little airplanes. I got to interview Grace Slick, lead singer for the Jefferson Airplane. We didn't talk so much about rock 'n' roll, but instead about a special time she remembered flying in a small airplane in the 1960s.
Thursday, 15 January 2015 20:18

Full Circle: Old Notes, Part One

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January 2015- My notes include observations on piloting in general, with lots about airline flying and the types of people involved in airline flying 50-plus years ago. Like an archeological dig, I've recently come across some very old boxes of mine that were hidden away in a deep—but thankfully, climate controlled—corner of a storage area in our home.These notes hadn't been looked at for so long that at first I didn't know where they'd come from or why I had them. They were written with either a manual typewriter (remember those?) or handwritten in my own nearly illegible scrawl.
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