You’re a pilot, so you’ve said it at least once about every airplane you’ve owned: “It’s a great airplane, but it just needs a little more power.” It’s different this time. You’re serious. You’ve had the flying machine for a few years and you’ve gotten the avionics where you want them, the airframe and systems are sound, but you want...

DIY Pitot-Static System Troubleshooting

Technicians hate dealing with the required FAR pitot-static and altimeter tests as much as aircraft owners hate paying for them. And that means the potential for system neglect and ultimate failure of otherwise reliable...

Supply Chain Woes: The New Normal

When thinking about the choked supply chain, we tend to focus on shortages of small-component electronics, but even I was surprised when a reader called to tell me some of the Skyhawks in his...

AeroCreeper: Adjustable, Well-Built

Anyone who works on airplanes—for cosmetics or maintenance—has at one time or another complained about how awkward it is to get to the belly and bottoms of the wings. The belly is often rather...

Cessna 190/195

Back in the day, the Cessna 190 series was marketed as the “Businessliner,” although it really wasn’t the first light aircraft to serve a business traveling role. These airplanes are classics now, but still...

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AirVenture 2022: Trig’s New VHF Navcomm

Just when we thought the market has seen the end of the traditional VHF navcomm radio, Trig Avionics comes to AirVenture 2022 with two...