Garmin’s GFC 500 autopilot is still very new, and supported aircraft are being added all the time. TROY WHISTMAN, a Cessna Flyer Association member, was selected and agreed to loan his 1980 Cessna TR182 Turbo Skylane RG as a test aircraft for Garmin’s certification of the autopilot in retractable Sk
In the last article, we left off with our shiny new Garmin GFC 500 autopilot fully configured for departure. We’d been instructed to “fly heading 180, climb and maintain 3,000 feet.”
Takeoff: From runway to airborne
With the preflight work done, take off as normal. Saying “Gear up, flaps up, yaw
Author TROY WHISTMAN walks you through preparation for a flight with the state-of-the-art Garmin GFC 500 digital autopilot.
With Garmin’s introduction of the GFC 500 digital autopilot, more accurately an Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS), capabilities previously absent in small General Aviatio
Cessna A-37B Dragonfly Dragon 921 served on both sides in the Vietnam War before being abandoned. CHARLES LARGAY found it in a boneyard in Australia, brought it back to the United States, and painstakingly restored the airplane to “straight out of Vietnam” condition.
N87921 (call sign Dragon 921
Years ago, these simple, economical, two-seat, tricycle-gear aircraft comprised the majority of the training fleet. Today, the 150 and 152 persevere and are still well-suited for either training or personal use.
If you haven’t heard of or seen a Cessna 150 or its successor, the Cessna 152, you ma
The Cessna 205, 206, and 207, known primarily as the Stationair (and marketed variously as the Super Skywagon, Skywagon, and Super Skylane) are the heavy haulers of Cessna’s single-engine lineup.
Cessna’s first six-seat single was basically a fixed-gear version of the popular Model 210. As Daryl M
Not since the legendary Sky King’s Songbird has a Cessna 310 enjoyed such a steadfast following as that of Kevin and Jaime Thornton’s 771BC.
(For a PDF of this as it appeared in Cessna Flyer magazine click here)
I'm old enough to admit that the Sky King TV series is one of the big reasons I got i
DENNIS WOLTER continues his series of articles about interior renovation with a deep dive into how corrosion occurs, as well as where you’re most likely to find it.
With all the interior components and insulation removed, the clock has been turned back to the day your airplane went down the assembl
Contributing editor MICHAEL LEIGHTON reviews AeroVonics’ new MFD and shares his interview with one of the company’s owners.AeroVonics is shipping the experimental version of the AV-30 3-inch PFD, and is taking preproduction orders for the STC’d version.
In 2016, the FAA established a new cert
Florida is filled with fun, bright, beachy places—but there is nowhere quite like Sanibel Island on the state’s Gulf Coast.
Sanibel Island might be small, but it packs a lot into its 17 square miles. With 15 miles of beaches teeming with seashells, a rich history involving pirates, and lanais on ev
New paint, new interior and new Plexiglas make John D. Ruley’s 1975 Cessna 182P look and feel like a factory-fresh airplane.
Sometimes, small problems can lead to more complex projects. This Skylane restoration started with a flat tire and fuel leak. The tire was a quick fix, and the fuel leak ende
Is there a way to reseal the rear window of my Cessna 172 without removing the window? My airplane was recently in not one, but two, torrential downpours at my airport. I discovered leaks around the rear window and a mega leak around the baggage door.
I can easily repair the seal around the
Over 16,000 Cessna 172K, L, M and N models left the factory in the 1970s. Most of these Skyhawks are still flying, and they’re gaining value, too.
The Cessna 172 is the most successful General Aviation aircraft model of all time. It has weathered the storms of inflation, recession, crushing produ
Identifying squawks and properly sequencing your Cessna refurbishment projects can save you time, money and aggravation.
So you’re now the proud, new owner of a not-so-new airplane that you plan to own for a long time. Fortunately, you properly vetted this new-to-you airplane during a thorough pre-
A 310 owner reveals what ownership of a twin Cessna is really like.
The Cessna 310 was the first twin-engine aircraft produced by Cessna after World War II. The 310 prototype, powered by 240 hp Continental O-470-B engines, first flew Jan. 3, 1953. The aircraft was certified March 22, 1954. Producti
Understanding magnetos and manufacturer recommendations for maintenance can help ensure your safety.
The following is an excerpt from Bill Ross’ book “Engine Management 101.” Published by Superior Air Parts Inc., this book is a compilation of what Bill has learned during his 35-plus years of exper
Evaluate and maintain a new-to-you aircraft using all of the tools available today.
So, it’s been a year since the pre-purchase/annual inspection was completed and you have been the owner of this new-to-you airplane. As the months passed, every flight revealed more details about the condition an
With a little hard work, help from his friends—and a reputable aircraft dealer—Steve Bloom turned his lifelong dream of aircraft ownership into a “better-than-expected 182” reality.
While I was walking the grounds of Sun ‘n Fun in Lakeland, Florida, last April, I received a surprise call from my
Many single-engine aircraft rely on alternators to power aircraft systems, avionics and cockpit gadgets. A&P Jacqueline Shipe guides you through how alternators work and what to do when yours isn’t functioning correctly.
Nowadays, with everything from glass cockpits to auxiliary power outlets for
A History of Cessna Aircraft’s Partnership in France.
The French city of Reims is best known to aviation historians for the Grande Semaine d’ Aviation de la Champagne, the first international airshow, held in August 1909. The Grande Semaine rivaled today’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, with some 500,0
Geoff Smathers always regretted the selling of the family 182. More than two decades later he bought it back.
“My dad loved to fly,” Geoff Smathers of Mars, Penn. told me. “The Skylane was his fifth or sixth airplane. He and my mom, Meg Smathers (now Meg S. Bauschard) used them for pleasure and bus
CFI and contributing editor Kevin Garrison recalls the welcome sight of a 172RG on the ramp.
I have never been able to figure out how Cessna named its airplanes. Piper named their aircraft with a Native American flavor (Cherokees, Pawnees, Navajos); Beechcraft went royal and named almost all of the
Fall is the best time of the year on the coast, and you have plenty of airports to pick from.
Welcome to the (Oregon) coast.
First things first: if you want to try to blend in, even as a temporary interloper, it’s “the coast.” Yes, I know, elsewhere you may take trips to the beach, to the shore,
The following is an excerpt from Bill Ross’ new book “Engine Management 101.” Published by Superior Air Parts, Inc.“ Engine Management 101” is a compilation of what Ross has learned during his 35-plus years of experience as a pilot, aircraft owner, piston aircraft engine industry leader and A&P/IA.
With a successful top-end inspection completed, STEVE ELLS guides a new owner through the first steps to make his Cessna 182 a reliable backcountry plane.
Bill hangars his 1966 Cessna 182J Skylane in the hangar next to mine at the Paso Robles Municipal Airport (KPRB).
Bill is tall, drives a pickup
Cessna introduced the 175 hp, four-seat Cessna 175 in 1958; with the goal of filling the gap between the 172’s price and the 182’s performance. The 175 garnered positive initial reviews. Yet only six years later, the model was discontinued. So, what went wrong?
Just over 60 years ago, on March 22,
The final result of a three-decades-long quest to fill the gap between the 172 and 182, Cessna’s R172K Hawk XP is a stellar performer in a 172-sized package.
When it’s boiled down to basics, the Cessna Hawk XP (XP for Extra Performance) is a four-place Cessna 172 Skyhawk airframe, sporting a six-cy
…Look Where I’m Going
As my wife says when we have a collision in the kitchen (usually I’m mixing the cocktails and she’s making snacks), “Why don’t you watch where I’m going?”
“Sorry, but you didn’t announce your position and intentions.”
Similarly, I recently received a vivid lesson about watch
Most engines are “sent out” to specialty shops for overhaul. Peek behind the doors at Triad Aviation as author Jacqueline Shipe guides you through engine overhaul procedures.
The single biggest repair expense most airplane owners will ever face is an engine overhaul. Overhaul costs increase every
Cessna’s pressurized Skymaster has a number of STCs developed by Jack Riley, of Riley Rocket fame. Cessna Flyer recently talked to Skymaster authority Bill Crews to get a brief history of the various P337 conversions.
Entrepreneur, innovator and master salesman Jack M. Riley came to the airplane bu
Capt. Block pays tribute to an exceptional copilot.
During my 36-year career as an airline pilot, I spent approximately 75 percent of the time as a captain and 25 percent as a copilot. I never flew an airliner as a flight engineer. The airline didn’t have any aircraft that required that extra cockp
In this installment of Cessna Flyer’s series on owner-performed preventive maintenance, A&P Jacqueline Shipe looks at the servicing and replacement of aviation spark plugs.
Aviation spark plugs need to operate while subjected to the wide temperature ranges that are possible in an aircraft engine. A
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 engine
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) suffers
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 in
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 a
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 Gr
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 demandin
"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. L180B
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 da
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 dining
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 j
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 locati
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 arri
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 engin
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 is
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 Denv
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 performance.
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 then
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 airpl
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 recogniti
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
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 left
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 fittin
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 generat
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 one
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 hamb
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 bei
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 and
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 hav
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 approval
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 right?
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 that
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 his pu