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Position Report: Helping General Aviation Take Off

Position Report: Helping General Aviation Take Off

June 2014- General Aviation is a homegrown American industry that is responsible for 1.2 million jobs and pumps more than $150 billion into our nation's economy. But it's also an industry that could do... Read more

Shell Introduces its Unleaded 100 Octane Fuel

Shell Introduces its Unleaded 100 Octane Fuel

February 2014- Shell Oil issued the following press release on Dec. 1, 2013: SHELL REMOVES LEAD FROM LIGHT AIRCRAFT FUEL Shell today became the first major oil company to develop a lead-free replacement for Aviation Gasoline... Read more

Textron Aviation Introduces ProManagement for First-time Aircraft Owners

Textron Aviation Introduces ProManagement for First-time Aircraft Owners

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 20, 2014 - Textron Aviation, Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition in Orlando it is expanding its industry-leading... Read more

Considerations for Alternator Upgrades: Running on Plane-Power

Considerations for Alternator Upgrades: Running on Plane-Power

June 2014-      Replacing the original equipment DOFF-type alternator with a modern, aircraft-specific Plane-Power alternator is a good move. It's a very good move if you're still depending on a generator for electrical power.I... Read more

Leading Edge: Engine Monitoring: Predicting the Future with Electronics

Leading Edge: Engine Monitoring: Predicting the Future with Electronics

June 2014-       Traditionally, a pilot has had one EGT gauge and one CHT gauge that he or she would use to keep track of the performance of an engine. The aircraft's manufacturer determined... Read more

Clyde’s Vision

Clyde’s Vision

January 2014- Clyde Cessna grew up on a farm near Raymond, Kan. He was a natural tinkerer and liked to know how things worked. He showed a talent for fixing farm machinery and by... Read more

The Do's and Don'ts of Buying and Selling a Plane

December 2014- If there ever was an endeavor to which the phrase caveat emptor applies, it would be purchasing an aircraft. Even as a seller, you are still at great risk. We've all heard... Read more

Garmin’s Passive ADS-B Solution

Garmin’s Passive ADS-B Solution

January 2014- Ever since the dawn of the Computer Age, two engineering factions have regularly engaged in trench warfare. One group believes that hardware-centric devices are inherently more stable solutions for an engineering problem... Read more

AirVenture Fundamentals

AirVenture Fundamentals

July 2014- This year will mark my 18th year attending the annual AirVenture fly-in in Oshkosh. It is also the 10th anniversary of the Cessna Flyer Association (to be celebrated in the August issue). The... Read more

Are You Ready for 2020? Current Options for ADS-B Compliance

Are You Ready for 2020? Current Options for ADS-B Compliance

January 2015- The choices may seem bewildering (and they can be!),but at least prices seem to be settling down. In 2014, EAA AirVenture's exhibit halls were filled with ADS-B vendors who have viable products for... Read more

Spotting Airframe Corrosion and Reducing Lead Fouling

Spotting Airframe Corrosion and Reducing Lead Fouling

February 2014- Q: Hi Steve, I'm considering becoming a partner in what looks like a pretty nice 1966 Cessna 182 but I'm concerned about corrosion in the airframe. I seem to remember that Cessna... Read more

Ameritech Industries: American Propeller and Eagle Engines

Ameritech Industries: American Propeller and Eagle Engines

April 2014- Propellers take a beating. During operations that range from the instant takeoff power is cranked on to power-off stalls and descents, blades continually flex due to changes in aerodynamic loading. Props endure... Read more

Cody, Wyo.: A still-small town in the big American West

Cody, Wyo.: A still-small town in the big American West

February 2014- Have you ever traveled through a town in a hurry and thought to yourself, I ought to come back here sometime when I can stop and smell the roses...? During my NetJets... Read more

“Out of the Clear Blue of the Western Sky…”: The Bamboo Bomber

“Out of the Clear Blue of the Western Sky…”: The Bamboo Bomber

March 2014- Cessna Aircraft built its earliest T-50 twins as civilian aircraft for the commercial light transport market. The airplane, which was first flown in March of 1939, was made of wood and tubular... Read more

Wings Over the Rockies: Denver’s Air and Space Museum

Wings Over the Rockies: Denver’s Air and Space Museum

January 2015- Aviation is big—really big—in Colorado, but only one destination calls itself "Colorado's official air and space museum," and has a bill passed in the state legislature to prove it. Over the Rockies Air... Read more

New Engine for the Cost of a Rebuild?

December 2014- At EAA AirVenture this year Superior Air Parts introduced its Vantage engine with STC approval for Cessna 172R and 172S models.We took some time to visit with Scott Hayes, Vice President, Sales... Read more

Simulated Cockpit, Real Training

Simulated Cockpit, Real Training

July 2014- Flight simulators have been around in one form or another for the better part of aviation's history. The earliest units were typically built from plywood. They sported vacuum tubes, were mostly pneumatic... Read more

Planning for the Worst, Hoping for the Best

Planning for the Worst, Hoping for the Best

September 2014- I learned to fly in 1977, receiving my private pilot certificate in South Texas at the Kleberg County Airport (KIKG). I started Nu Venture Air Services LLC in 1997, after I... Read more

CFA learns about tires and retreads at Desser Tire & Rubber Co.

CFA learns about tires and retreads at Desser Tire & Rubber Co.

May 2014- First off, let's get one Old Aviators Tale ("OAT") out of the way right now. It's safe to install retreaded aircraft tires on retractable gear airplanes. For decades a rumor has circulated that... Read more

Cessna 150 The Little Trainer that Did

Cessna 150 The Little Trainer that Did

May 2014- With the demise of the 140 in 1951, Cessna looked to fill the entry-level/trainer void with a more modern airframe. Following on the success of the 172, the company sought to produce... Read more

From Hand Axes to Five-Axis: A Brief History of Hartzell Propeller

From Hand Axes to Five-Axis: A Brief History of Hartzell Propeller

September 2014- At the turn of the 20th century, George Hartzell and his son Robert were making rifle stocks from various hardwoods using a proprietary process they had developed that strengthened the wood... Read more

Abundance at the Runway’s End

Abundance at the Runway’s End

June 2014- In our endless quest to find exciting places to point our airplanes, there are two undeniable factors that almost always dictate if any new destination is going to end up at the... Read more

Stallion 51’s Unusual Attitude Training

Stallion 51’s Unusual Attitude Training

March 2014- When I looked up at the all-glass attitude indicator, for a moment I wasn't quite sure what I was staring at. Instead of a nice horizon line separating a blue sky... Read more

Cabin Combustion Heaters:  Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Cabin Combustion Heaters: Maintenance and Troubleshooting

November 2014- If you hit rain or turbulence, you can deviate; if it's hot, you can just keep climbing untilyou find cool air. But when it's cold, it's cold everywhere. Here are some simple... Read more

We’ve Been Everywhere, Man

We’ve Been Everywhere, Man

August 2014- I've been everywhere, man.I've been everywhere, man.Crossed the deserts bare, man.I've breathed the mountain air, man.Of travel I've had my share, man.I've been everywhere.—"I've Been Everywhere," adapted by Hank Snow In the 120... Read more

Cessna 310 Improving a Legend

Cessna 310 Improving a Legend

September 2014- Dwane Wallace and his team created the first Cessna 310 in the mid-1950s. The airplane featured an airframe profile which was, and still is, unique. When a Cessna 310 taxis onto... Read more

Handheld Peace of Mind: the DeLorme inReach

Handheld Peace of Mind: the DeLorme inReach

October 2014- A ferry pilot uses this global satellite communicator for practical purposes—and also for fun.   Ferrying an aircraft is one of the most taxing activities a pilot can undertake. From checking weather to... Read more

A Different Breed: Cessna’s Skymasters

A Different Breed: Cessna’s Skymasters

June 2014- When Cessna introduced its "revolutionary" tandem twin 336 Skymaster in 1963, it thought it had a real hit on its hands. After all, with centerline thrust and twin tail booms, the Skymaster... Read more

Noise Reduction Headsets

Noise Reduction Headsets

March 2014- Short of sitting in the front row of a Metallica concert for a few hours, there are few things that compare with the hearing damage a piston engine-powered airplane can cause. In fact... Read more

More Mods, More Modern: Even More Good Things for the 182

More Mods, More Modern: Even More Good Things for the 182

  August 2014- Bill, our trusty 1966 Cessna 182, has an insatiable appetite for modifications and other enhancements. These enhancements cover the spectrum from performance mods, to instruments, to avionics.Nine years ago I wrote... Read more

Skylane Success Story

Skylane Success Story

  August 2014- Fast on the heels of the 172, Cessna released its second tricycle gear aircraft: the 182.* Based on the rugged 180, it had the fastback-style straight tail lines of that model... Read more

As Big as the Sky Itself

As Big as the Sky Itself

October 2014- Ramona Cox decided years ago to set her goals high and never look back.      In a remote canyon deep in the backcountry wilderness somewhere, the distinctive sound of a TSIO-520 Continental engine... Read more

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 To Host World-Record Skydiving Attempts During Afternoon Air Shows

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 To Host World-Record Skydiving Attempts During Afternoon Air Shows

Skydiving Hall of Fame to organize international teams of expert jumpers EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (January 22, 2015) — A world-record skydive attempt will be part of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, with an international team of top skydivers aiming to make history at The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 is July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport...

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EAA AirVenture 2015 Selects Clarity Care of Oshkosh to Benefit From Annual Runway 5k Run/Walk

Local services agency has helped thousands over 40 years EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (January 21, 2015) — Oshkosh-based Clarity Care, Inc., will benefit from EAA's Runway 5K Run/Walk that will be held on Saturday, July 25, during the final weekend of the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 fly-in. For the past 11 years, EAA has partnered with local agencies for the...

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Aircraft Spruce Acquires Aircraft Book Co.

November 25, 2014-   Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co, a leading supplier of aircraft parts, avionics, and pilot supplies has announced that they recently acquired Aviation Book Co.Based in Seattle, WA, Aviation Book Co. has been a distributor of aviation books, training materials, and aviation gifts for over 30 years. Aircraft Spruce president Jim Irwin said: "Aviation Book Company has been a...

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Who’s Going to AirVenture in 2015?

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — Nov. 24, 2014 — Advance purchase admission tickets and camping credentials are now available for the 63rd annual edition of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, providing greater convenience for those traveling to "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration." The week-long 2015 event will be held July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. EAA members and non-members can purchase...

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New Product Delivers 10%-15% More Fuel Efficiency

November 11, 2014- Ameritech Industries, Inc. the parent company of Eagle Engines and American Propeller of Redding, California are pleased to announce the long awaited availability of the Magneto Timing Housing (MTH) version of the Electroair Certified Electronic Ignition System for Continental IO-360, O/IO-470, IO-520 and IO-550 six cylinder engines. Ameritech is the largest stocking distributor for Electroair and systems are...

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Free Preferred Airparts Calendar

Preferred Airparts is offering a free calendar to the first 50 Cessna Flyer Association members who request it. The 2015 calendar is another in our line of custom calendars, featuring older aircraft photos from the past. Please visit www.preferredairparts.com/calendar2015.htm to fill out your calendar request. Reference Cessna Flyer Association as where you saw this offer. Sorry but we can only send these...

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Anni Brogan Becomes President of Micro AeroDynamics

October 2014- Anacortes, WA – After several years as the Flight Test Director and Vice President at Micro AeroDynamics, Ms. Anni Brogan has become President of the company. She succeeds Charles White, founder of Micro AeroDynamics, who remains active in the company. Ms. Brogan has become an authority on the technology of micro vortex generators. Working with the FAA, she has overseen...

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Challenge of Landing at 49 State Capitals in Just Two Weeks Accepted by Two Private Pilots

  (MEDFORD, OR) August 28, 2014- The challenge of flying a private "general aviation" airplane to all 49 state capitals in the "lower 48" plus Alaska in just two weeks is one that most private pilots would never accept. It is however, the flight plan for an inspiring journey being attempted by two veteran pilots to raise public awareness about smaller...

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Textron Aviation Independence facility delivers 10,000th single-engine aircraft

WICHITA, Kan., Aug. 27, 2014 —Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced today that Cessna Aircraft Company delivered the 10,000th single-engine aircraft from its Independence, Kan. facility since its first delivery in June 1996. Liberty University took delivery of this milestone aircraft, a Cessna Skyhawk, along with two other Cessna Skyhawks, adding to its growing flight training fleet. "Reaching this...

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EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2014 FACTS AND FIGURES

August 2014- Comment from EAA Chairman Jack Pelton: "It was a tremendous week on many levels. We filled Wittman Regional Airport with aircraft for the first time in several years, with both aircraft camping and parking areas completely full at mid-week. The cooperation and support of the airport's east side community made possible the historic first appearance of the U.S. Air Force...

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Cessna Stationair to sport new interior seating option

OSHKOSH, Wis., July 28, 2014 — Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced today at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh it will offer a new seating option for the Cessna 206 Stationair that provides the versatility for up to five different cabin seating configurations. The cabin seating option, available on Stationair aircraft beginning in 2015, can...

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Hartzell Engine Technologies Announces The Purchase Of The Plane-Power Line Of Aircraft Alternators

Oshkosh, WI, July 29, 2014 — Representatives of Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC, announced today that the company has finalized an agreement to purchase the assets of Plane-Power, LTD. "When the opportunity came to acquire the Plane-Power line we saw it as having tremendous potential, not only to complement Hartzell's family of alternators, but to gain immediate access into new markets," Mike...

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