Cessna 177RG

We’ve seen it plenty of times. A buyer on a budget has the heart set on a Cessna 210, but a closer look at market asking prices and operating costs squashes the idea. Luckily there’s an alternative in the Cessna Cardinal RG. And overall...

CARDINAL RG CRUNCHES: ENG/MECH

The things that struck us as we reviewed the 100 most recent Cardinal RG accidents were what we didn't see - there were almost no bounced landing events (one) and for all the hand-wringing...

Cessna 177RG

We’ve seen it plenty of times. A buyer on a budget has the heart set on a Cessna 210, but a closer look at market asking prices and operating costs squashes the idea. Luckily...

ADS-B Out Purgatory

A year ago I opted for the wingtip-mounted uAvionix skyBeacon to meet the ADS-B Out mandate on my 1966 Cessna 182.  The price was right and the installation, including paperwork, took only 2.5 hours. Following...

uAvionix tailBeaconX: Transponder Tail Light

Over the past year or so uAvionix made a name for itself with the innovative skyBeacon and tailBeacon ADS-B Out solutions. These 978 MHz UAT devices, intended to replace a wingtip strobe and tail...

TBM Gets a Bearish Brother

At first glance, the photo might ignite a game of "which doesn't belong and why."  But when it bought Quest Aircraft last year and renamed it Kodiak after the utility aircraft of the same...

TBM 940: Maximum Automation

Cirrus and Daher, builder of the TBM turboprop, have different aircraft design philosophies, but they share one thing in common: Both build and sell airplanes to a select, moneyed clientele who seem perfectly happy...

Training, Checkout, Insurance

At first glance, flying an airplane built before 1970 isn't a big deal.  The FAA doesn't get too excited about it in the regs.  If the airplane of choice has a tailwheel, FAR Part...

Buying The Old Ones: Homework Mandatory

Staggerwing. Caught you. It only took one word. You started dreaming. It’s OK, we did too. In our mind’s eye we saw that sleek work of art smoke over us at 200 MPH, 450-HP Pratt rumbling...