From the April 2019 Issue

Cirrus at 25: A Safer Airplane?

A quarter century later, it's fair to ask: Well, was it? The easy answer is yes, it was and is. But with a host of safety features such as crashworthy seats, energy absorbing structure, cabin flail space and the first-ever certificated airplane ballistic recovery parachute, Cirrus also implied that its new airplane would be safer, without actually saying the safest ever. So, how about that? Has it delivered on those claims? Answering that is not as simple as crunching the GAMA numbers to enumerate Cirrus' inarguable dominant market share. But with a quarter century of accident data to review, it's reasonable to take a stab at it.


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Cessna 310

Cessna's first post-World War II twin-engine airplane, the venerable 310 is a logical consideration for anyone looking to step into the world of piston twins. While it doesn't come without some quirks, it's roomy, stable and has cruise speeds that top 200 MPH.

ForeFlight 11.0: 3D View, Breadcrumbs

Available in the app's latest version 11 release, the new utility is standard in the Performance Plus and Business Performance subscription plans.

Traffic Tech Revisited: ADS-B Versus TAS

For example, the article referred to ADS-B ground stations as ADS-R stations, but they are not. The general term is Ground Based Transceiver (GBT). ADS-R is only one function of the GBT in which the GBT receives an ADS-B transmission on one data link frequency (978 or 1090 MHz) and rebroadcasts that transmission on the other frequency. This rebroadcast function only occurs if a client aircraft (ADS-B Out and In equipped) indicates in its transmission that it can receive only one frequency, and if the target aircraft is broadcasting ADS-B Out on the other frequency. Plus, both aircraft must be within a defined proximity (generally 15 NM horizontally and 3500 feet vertically) of each other.

Engine Storage 101:The 30-Day Rule

How long is too long? It depends on the climate and how the engine was cared for during its time of rest. And as you would suspect, corrosion is the enemy. Herewith are some tips worth considering when parking the engine for long periods.

Garmin's Wrist Pulse Ox: Reduced Accuracy

Other athletic pilots agree that it sure would be convenient if there was one device that did it all, and since we covered pulse oximeters in the September 2017 issue of Aviation Consumer, Garmin released the D2 Delta PX aviator watch. It has an integrated pulse oximeter and a variety of other biometrics capabilities. I've been using it for close to a year and found that while it's not the perfect solution, it comes close, with limitations.

Warranty Coverage: Read the Document

You bought something and now it doesn't work. What recourse do you have? Can you compel the seller to exchange the bad something for a new one? If you return it, are you entitled to a refund of the full purchase price? Will the seller pay the full cost of getting it fixed? What if the something is three months old? A year? Five years? How long is the seller obligated to repair a defective product, exchange it or take it back and refund your money?

Warranty Coverage: Read the Document

You bought something and now it doesn't work. What recourse do you have? Can you compel the seller to exchange the bad something for a new one? If you return it, are you entitled to a refund of the full purchase price? Will the seller pay the full cost of getting it fixed? What if the something is three months old? A year? Five years? How long is the seller obligated to repair a defective product, exchange it or take it back and refund your money?

Instrument Repairs: Still Cheaper Than EFIS

The fallback, of course, is repairing/overhauling old instruments that may be left over from the Reagan era. This may or may not make sense, depending on the supportability, reliability and bottom-line cost for the work. In this article we'll look at the market for instrument repairs and exchanges, while offering tips for deciding whether an EFIS upgrade is the better decision.

Letters From the Readers: April 2019

As you might surmise, there is a lot of opinion out there on that subject. You seem to be implying in your article that VGs would be a preferred choice over a STOL kit, but you didn't actually say that. From your experience, if you were in my shoes, and money wasn't the single most important consideration, how would you proceed and why? You would certainly make my day if you can answer this question.

ADS-B Demand: Like Rush Hours at Starbucks

While the concept is nothing new, that's what uAvionix is doing with its Qualified Installer Mobile Installation Network, inviting repair shops and mechanics with IA (Inspection Authorization) credentials to sign up for prioritized support, product training and discount pricing on the product. It's similar to what Dynon is doing by adding an IA to the STC for its Certified-series Skyview integrated avionics. On the surface, it's a logical approach to spreading the install demand. Like most major mods, ADS-B installations can be signed off by either A&P mechanics who hold a valid IA or certificated Part 145 FAA Repair Stations, which most avionics shops are.

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Cessna's first post-World War II twin-engine airplane, the venerable 310 is a logical consideration for anyone looking to step into the world of piston twins. While it doesn't come without some quirks, it's roomy, stable and has cruise speeds that top 200 MPH.

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