When an engine quits at low altitude as one did for me, it’s easy to misjudge the glide needed to put the airplane where you think it should go. But thanks to technology that trickles down from Garmin’s emergency Autoland, Garmin’s latest retrofit navigators paired with the appropriate flight displays take the guesswork out of the drama. Moreover, when coupled...

Avgas Breakthrough: GAMI Gets The STC

It could be the grandest STC ever, and it’s awarded to Oklahoma-based General Aviation Modifications Inc., for its 100-octane G100 unleaded fuel. The STC is for Lycoming-equipped Cessna 172 models, but the company says...

Used Turbine – Single Market Scan

If a new or used Cirrus Vision Jet isn’t in the cards, there are other choices that could make good sense. The only obstacles (other than money) might be the tricky insurance market, and...

Backcountry Operations: Train For Your “A” Game

For a short-field landing, the Airman Certification Standards (ACS) for the private pilot rating require that the applicant  “Maintain manufacturer’s published approach airspeed or in its absence not more than 1.3 Vso, +10/-5 knots...

Buying Backcountry: Focus on Your Needs

Want to start a fight at a gathering of pilots? Just innocently ask, “Hey, what’s the best backcountry airplane?” Go hide. Then come back in 10 minutes and watch the chairs flying. Backcountry flying and...

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