Glider Rating Add-On: Upping Your Game

You took advantage of some free time to go flying over the weekend. It had been almost two months since your last flight, so you took the rental 172 around the pattern nearly a dozen times and got the rust off of your crosswind...

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...

Choosing An Agent: Experience Matters

As we’ve been reporting ad nauseam, the hardened aircraft insurance market is presenting challenges for aging pilots and even younger, inexperienced ones looking to step up to high-performance pistons and turbines. So when reader...

ICARUS Smart VLD: Digital IMC

In the flight training world, view-limiting devices (VLDs or hoods) haven’t changed much, and arguably most get the job done if you resist the temptation to sneak an occasional peak to the outside. But Nick...

Care And Feeding And Figuring Out What’s Wrong

In researching this article we got feedback from owners of turbocharged airplanes who reported that they had to overhaul the turbos at about 1000 hours of operation and an equal number who said that...

Turbochargers: Taking Power Up High

Full disclosure—we have a bias when it comes to turbosuperchargers. We like them. A lot. After flying them for more than 45 years and using them to get to altitudes that allowed a safe...

AA Flashlights: Sporty’s, Powertac Top

In an age of expanding battery technology, modern flashlights have generally moved away from alkaline power in favor of lithium cells. So why take a step back in time and choose a classic AA-powered...

Towing Gliders: One, Two, Three, Heave.

Getting a glider into the air is a community affair—assistance is required. While a launch can be carried out via a winch and a long cable or a car and a long cable, by...

Aircraft Appraisals: Opinion, Market Trend

There is a noticeable spike in used aircraft prices, and nobody can really offer an explanation why, other than it being a COVID-19 thing. Whatever is driving the feeding frenzy, things have never been...