Try these troubleshooting tips before you visit your favorite avionics shop for service.
We all know it takes fuel to fly our aircraft from point A to point B, but we sometimes take for granted that communicating and navigating along the way is just as important to knowing how to manage your
From alternators to turbochargers, Hartzell Engine Technologies is committed to producing an array of accessories and components that provide Cessna owners with better performance, reliability and value.
You might say that Montgomery, Ala.-based Hartzell Engine Technologies (HET)
This entry-level turboprop was a winner in 1981, and is still one today.
When people ask me to comment about the Cessna 425 Conquest I, I get flashbacks. Having been a marketing type in what was then called the Commercial Marketing Division at Cessna Aircraft Co., I was a part of the
The reliability and ease of operation of the PT6A engines as well as the incredible performance makes the Conquest the finest aircraft Jim Irwin, president of Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co., has ever flown.
In addition to Jim Irwin’s own 50-year career with Aircraft Spruce, he’s been
If you like tall trees, saltwater, clean air, wildlife, hiking, biking, sailing and an easy pace of life, it's time to put "Flying into the San Juan Islands" up near the top of your flying bucket list.
Needing a large dose of slow-down last fall, I traveled from California back to the
Flying floats is one of the most exciting forms of flying, and it might just be the closest to barnstorming that a pilot can get in today's world.
Earning your Single Engine–Sea rating can be as simple as training at a quiet lake in Florida, or as challenging as finding the most
"Our experience has shown that in regions of high humidity, active corrosion can be found on cylinder walls of new engines inoperative for periods as brief as two days."
—Lycoming Service Letter No.
After two years of additional work to get her flying again, my better-than-new 170B now has over 70 hours of flight time.
In the first half of this two-part series ("The Perfect Plane," May 2013), I introduced this project. My goal was to take a 1955 Cessna 170B with low time and no
Start flight planning today to point your Cessna at these destinations, where an awesome meal awaits.
In part one of the "Best of the Best" Airport Restaurant series that ran last month in this magazine, I told you about steakhouses, bistros, laid-back cafes and white-tablecloth
For many reasons, the Cessna 340/340A has evolved into the world's best-selling piston-powered, cabin-class pressurized twin.
The typical buyer of a Cessna 340 is moving up from a high performance single engine airplane. Other buyers may be businesses already operating a turboprop or
John Purner's $100 Hamburger guide and website details all of the airport restaurants you absolutely must visit.
John Purner literally wrote the book on the hundred-dollar hamburger, and his guidebook and website provide all the information any aviator needs to find wonderful
Each year aircraft owner groups gather at predetermined rendezvous points around the Midwest with their aircraft, and in formation each group descends into Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH) for EAA's AirVenture.
Cessnas 2 Oshkosh (C2O) was one of the groups that accomplished a mass
Three defects can show up on exhaust systems; read on to find out exactly what they are and how to find them.
Light airplane exhaust systems don't garner as much attention as a carburetor or induction air filter, yet these systems must be maintained as attentively as any other
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 the FAA mandate that's coming sooner than we think—January 2020. The infrastructure
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 & Space Museum (often called "Wings" by museum staff as well as visitors) in
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 and Marketing about the new engine and were duly impressed with what Superior has wrought.
If you hit rain or turbulence, you can deviate; if it's hot, you can just keep climbing until
you find cool air. But when it's cold, it's cold everywhere. Here are some simple steps to
keep your combustion cabin heater providing maximum
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 can be heard as a TU206 Turbo Stationair weaves its way around one blind turn, and
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 and retarded the decay process inherent in hostile environments.
Robert Hartzell owned an
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 had earned my CFI and CFII from the flight tech department at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore.
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 an FBO ramp, virtually everyone watching knows what it is and what company made it. This instant
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
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 a two-part article on what Bill's equipment list included since he
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, but came with Land-O-Matic landing gear, a redesigned cowling and a 230 hp Continental O-470L engine.
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 driven, and had rudimentary gauges and functionality. The cockpits were cramped and
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 modern-day anniversary gift recommendation for the 10th anniversary is aluminum, so it's
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 recently stepped in to the 21st century by replacing the 50 amp
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 promised to be everything a standard light twin wasn't—namely, much easier and safer to fly on
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 far end of a flight plan. And you'll be surprised to find out they have nothing to do with hundred-dollar
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 years of light damage due to rock, ice and rain impacts.
In spite of
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 steel and covered in fabric. According to ClassicWarbirds.net, the T-50 was "a lightweight
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 and brown terrain, the PFD instrument was showing almost all brown.
A few seconds ago the airspeed indicator on this highly
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 days, flying here and there across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, I saw a lot of country but didn't
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 (Avgas 100 and 100LL), which will now begin a strict regulatory
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 didn't apply any paint or even any primer to the insides of their single engine airplanes. Is that
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, while the other group—the software-centric crowd— believes
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 the early 1900s, Clyde Cessna had developed a reputation as a talented mechanic.
It was only natural, then, that