As we’ve watched aircraft and fuel prices skyrocket amid a “hard” insurance market, we’ve been wondering whether those variables are conspiring to push prospective pilots to work for a sport pilot rating rather than the private ticket and whether current pilots are downsizing to light sport aircraft and taking advantage of the more liberal sport pilot medical regulations. Frankly, we...

Flight Helmets: They Have a Place

Giving Cirrus and Diamond their due, “crashworthy” doesn’t immediately leap to mind when thinking about little airplanes. The vast majority of the fleet is old school, with little flail space, single diagonal seatbelts and...

Garmin EIS: Generous Screen Play, Rich Data

Part of the challenge that has always tagged along with standalone engine monitor installations is placing the control head in a useful location on the panel. Since engine and fuel data is critical, you...

Bellanca Viking

If you have a need for speed and want retractable landing gear, your used market search of four-placers will likely include a Mooney, Piper Comanche or turbo Arrow, to name a few. But you...

Virtual MX Records: More Than Logging

Consider that between 30 and 50 percent of the value of older aircraft lies in the aircraft’s technical and journey logs. It’s not just about paper signoffs to keep the aircraft airworthy. Think about...

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uAvionix AV-30 Fly-Off: Autopilot, Heading

After we ran the uAvionix AV-30 installation planning guide in the May 2022 issue of Aviation Consumer, we got some requests for an inflight...