An Annual From Hell: Lessons For All

We’ve been owning and flying airplanes long enough to know for certain that the sport has many things going for it. But let’s be real—membership also comes with some downsides. This includes rising insurance premiums, ever-changing fuel prices, monthly database updates and, of course,...

Aviat Husky

In a market where used aircraft prices are skyrocketing, it’s no surprise that the Aviat Husky models are premium priced. As of spring 2021, the earliest Husky (from 1998) has a typical retail price...

In-Ear Headsets: Clarity, Faro, Bose

For the majority of us, earbuds have become a way of life. So why not try earbud aviation headsets? That’s what we did with three of the latest models from Bose, Clarity Aloft and...

New Sporty’s Akro: Quality Video Course

We flock to airshows. Throughout the world, tens of millions annually descend on airports to watch pilots dance in almost unimaginable freedom in the sky. Watching soaring gymnastics on a grand scale has inspired...

OEM Avionics Training: Plenty Of Options

The bugaboo with today’s avionics upgrades is dealing with the sharp learning curve that tags along. It’s nothing new, and in my work on the shop level, I saw countless owners struggle with their...

Carburetors: Surprisingly Reliable

Let’s see—we’ve got avgas in the tanks and air containing oxygen all around us. Somehow that air and avgas have to combine in a roughly 15 to 1 ratio—by weight—in the engine’s cylinders. Then...

Mode C Transponders: Limited Choices

Now that the much anticipated ADS-B mandate has come and gone, there’s still a need for replacement transponders. Yes, Mode C altitude reporting capability lives on. Some buyers opted for standalone ADS-B systems (the...

SLOPPY OPS: NTSB’S PART 91 CRACKDOWN

I knew the Collings Foundation’s Nine-O-Nine B17G crash back in 2019, which happened a few miles away from my home base in Connecticut at Bradley International Airport, would stir up a hornet’s nest of...

Cirrus SR20

Park a later-model Cirrus SR20 nose-to-nose with its big-brother SR22 and you’ll be hard-pressed to tell which is which.And that’s a hint for why the SR20 is a good primer for flying the higher-horsepower...