AoA Upgrades: Standalone, Integrated

You’ve heard the arguments—more stabilized and consistent approaches and landings, more confidence while maneuvering, better aircraft control and less wear and tear on the airframe and the tires. Yes, an angle of attack system offers all these benefits.  Are there any drawbacks? We haven’t found...

Piper PA-46 Malibu/Mirage/Matrix

For many pilots, Piper’s PA-46 series, which includes the Malibu, Mirage and Matrix (and current M300 series), could very well be the ultimate step-up piston single. Get it up high and the airplane can...

Appareo Power Pro: Noise-Free USB

The majority of us need USB chargers in the cabin and the ones that plug into the lighter or accessory socket are a roll of the dice. Many users report that cheap ones work...

Oil Temp Issues? Check Baffling, Oil Cooler

Assuming you have an accurate way of measuring it, there’s good reason to fret about high and even low oil temperature.  As you read this December issue, your current goal might be moving (and keeping)...

The New IFR: Train For How You’ll Fly

At no time in aeronautical history have pilots had a wider choice when it comes to the type and capabilities of the cockpit presentation when they fly IFR. For an instrument-rated pilot who wants...

Mooney (Again): Will It Ever Thrive?

Perhaps to no one’s particular surprise, in early September, Mooney announced that it’s under new management, the Chinese owners having abandoned the premises in Kerrville, Texas. The ownership status remains murky but at this...

Insurance Myths and Pitfalls

Doing the research for this article we spoke with aircraft owners and insurance brokers. We came away concerned for the financial well-being of owners because we heard owners repeat some aviation insurance myths that...

Self-Insuring or Risking Everything?

We get it. Until two years ago, aviation insurance rates were at historic lows due to overcapacity in the market. A few insurers bailed out because, as we understand, they couldn’t afford to keep...

First Word: Flying With Masks, Mustaches and Mics

And headsets, eyeglasses and ear-based pulse oximeters. In the photo below, Scott Ashton from Aerox and I are wearing all six. We forgot our hats, otherwise they would be in the mess. And wearing...