Paint Shop Survey: Downtime, Costs Up

Paint jobs seem to get pushed to the end of the budget line and that’s not really a good thing. Airframe corrosion is a plague spreading in the aging fleet, and neglecting the aircraft’s finish is a way to make the problem worse. There...

Garmin aera 760: Not an iPad Killer

Garmin’s launch of the new aera 760 portable navigator couldn’t have come at a worse time. Historically, Sun ‘n Fun and AirVenture have been the ideal backdrop for new Garmin gadget intros, but with...

Budget IFR Revisited: Garmin vs. Garmin

In the IFR On a Budget article in the May 2020 Aviation Consumer we favored Garmin’s GI 275 flight instruments for their drop-in physical installation, stepping-stone upgrade potential and liberal third-party interfacing. Since running...

Meyers 200

The raw performance numbers of a Meyers 200 might resemble what you’d expect from the most modern single-engine piston speedster, even though the airplane is a product of the 1950s, and went out of...

Supercharger Redux: Not for Everyone

In our May issue we reported on the supercharger STC offered by Forced Aeromotive Technologies (www.forcedaeromotive.com). It is a belt-driven (off of the accessory case) air compressor system that allows the engine to develop...

How Users Rate Apps

What do pilots value in apps? The chart and comments at right provide a basic road map on how users evaluate what apps do and how they do it. The data was gathered from...

Two Apps: Avare and iFly GPS

If the app market hasn’t quite reached stasis, it must be close to that. Our recent surveys suggest that only about 11 percent of pilots don’t fly with tablets or apps of any kind...

It’s The Quick Stop: Why Restraint Systems Work

As we were reviewing the accident reports involving the Meyers 200 as part of this month’s Used Aircraft Guide, we ran across one that was depressingly familiar. The pilot landed hard, on all three...

Airbag Breakthrough: Universal Retrofits

There has been another breakthrough in the world of saving lives in general aviation airplanes. AmSafe (www.amsafe.com) has gone a step beyond its custom seatbelt airbag system—individually designed and built for over 150 types...