From the March 11, 2017 Issue
Lets get this out of the way, shall we? Cirrus salespeople arent apologetic that a fully loaded 2017 SR22T GTS comes with an eye-widening invoice north of $900,000 when you tack on an extended warranty. Cirrus offers less expensive models, of course, but the turbocharged SR22T is the most popular seller. Just how many buyers would spend nearly $1 million for an unpressurized piston single, you might ask? More than you might think.
While wireless connectivity is taken for granted outside the cockpit, its recently begun to see some use in the cockpit. Portable ADS-B devices connect wirelessly to our portables, but wireless communications with panel-mount, certified avionics is far less common. Garmin changed that with its RS-232-based Flight Stream 100/200 wireless hubs.
I read the article on owning and maintaining classic and antique aircraft in the March 2017 issue of Aviation Consumer and can certainly relate to the challenges of keeping these old birds. Ours wasnt quite as exotic as your exampleswe had a polished 1949 Beech A35 Bonanzabut even with the benefit of continuous production, parts were occasionally a challenge.
With nose bag in place and arms crossed at FL210 picking off the miles like nobodys business on a Cirrus demo, I got to thinking about the FAAs new BasicMed. Particularly, how pilots might be tempted to bend one of the rules to squeeze the most efficiency from a turbocharged airplane.
In our view, Lightspeeds recently introduced third-generation Zulu3 ANR headset is a nicely executed improvement to a product that already works well. Its predecessorthe Zulu2excelled in a crowded market of high-end ANR models because it was simple, comfortable and had the modern features buyers want, but at a price thats substantially cheaper than a Bose A20.
Surrendering your engine to an overhaul shop has a bit of a dice roll to it. Shops quote prices for the overhauls, but theyre based on a repairable or serviceable core. That means a good crankshaft and a crankcase and either or both could be junk, propelling the overhaul into blank-check territory in the blink of an eye.
Even the best professional aircraft detailers or products wont be able to resurrect some neglected paint finishes. Thats why its important to preserve the paint finish early with regular cleaning and polishing. Far from a mindless chore, theres more to do-it-yourself cleaning jobs that you might think, including protecting expensive accessories like antennas, de-ice boots and propellers. Like any other job you might tackle yourself, theres a right and wrong approach to cleaning the aircraft. Heres how we would do it.
After delays, the FAA transitioned from the domestic IFR flight plan form (7233-1) to the 7233-4 International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) form this past January. Its your ticket to flying in RVSM airspace and utilizing ADS-B services. Plus, you can use it for operating under VFR within the Washington, D.C., special flight rules area.
Regarded as one of the workhorses of general aviation, the Piper Navajo has found a substantial market in the charter business. But its also an appealing twin for owners who want to fly themselves in relative comfort and luxury. Like the Cessna 402, as one example, you dont find many Navajos in private ownership, although some aircraft sales professionals we spoke with during our research told us thats changingand good ones sell for a premium.
With nose bag in place and arms crossed at FL210 picking off the miles like nobodys business on a Cirrus demo, I got to thinking about the FAAs new BasicMed. Particularly, how pilots might be tempted to bend one of the rules to squeeze the most efficiency from a turbocharged airplane. The FAAs advisory circular AC 68-1, which describes how pilots can exercise their certificate privileges without holding at least a Third-Class medical certificate, limits flight above 18,000 feet MSL. Tempted to crack FL180 for another 6 knots in your turbocharged Mooney? According to the advisory circular, youd be operating outside of BasicMed privileges. Theres even a bit on flight planning.