Avionics Survey: Pleased With New Tech

Avionics shops have been busy. So busy that the wait to get into some of them is almost a year. There are reasons for that. Installation complexity, airframe teardown and equipment shortages mean a longer stay on the shop floor. Plus, shops are still...

Bellanca Viking

There’s really nothing quite like the Bellanca Viking. Motor up to the ramp and inevitably someone from the inquisitive outdoor lunch crowd will ask what it is. After explaining that it’s not a Mooney...

Control Rigging: Critical, Yet Forgotten

Who has been working on this airplane? That was the question we would often ask in the shop when an airplane would come in for autopilot troubleshooting and we found control cable tensions so...

Shopping For A Trainer: A Top-Dollar Market

Like the rest of the piston-single resale market, good training airplanes are fetching top dollar, even ones that might have lived hard lives on a training line. Upgraded ones that were well cared for...

A One-Airplane Flight School?

We are encouraged but cautious when we learn of impending entrepreneurship in the aviation world. We know that the odds of success for startups are not outstanding, but for those who do their homework...

Engine Lube 101: Weight, Temps, Analysis

In my early days of airplane ownership, I might have been naive by today’s standard when it comes to engine oil. But it was stone simple—I flew my airplane, it needed oil, I bought...

So, Just What Is “Known Icing”, And Can I Fly In It?

Let’s get this rolling by disputing what “everybody knows” when it comes to flying in icing conditions in general aviation airplanes that weigh less than 12,500 pounds. To start with, there’s no FAR specifically...

De-icing Mods: Increasing Utility

Utility. It’s all about utility.  That’s why we buy any airplane when we don’t do it purely for fun. We want to go places, we want to go fast and we want to go when we...

Avionics Survey: Pleased With New Tech

Avionics shops have been busy. So busy that the wait to get into some of them is almost a year. There are reasons for that. Installation complexity, airframe teardown and equipment shortages mean a...