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Affirmative Attitude by Dan Pimentel

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Talking It Up

A healthy amount of creativity will generate something from nothing. There are those among us who create opportunity where there is... Read more

Over Sandwiches and Sodas …

Sometimes, brilliant ideas that change our aviation world come from places you least expect them. You might be walking out... Read more

An affirmative attitude is…

   Any time you have two or more pilots together these days, it doesn't take long for the conversation to... Read more

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Garmin’s Passive ADS-B Solution

Garmin’s Passive ADS-B Solution

January 2014-  Ever since the dawn of the Computer Age, two engineering factions have regularly engaged in trench warfare. One group believes that hardware-centric devices are inherently more stable solutions for an engineering problem,... Read more

Classic Airframe, Cutting-Edge Powerplant: Upgrade and Overhaul Options for your 206

Classic Airframe, Cutting-Edge Powerplant: Upgrade and Overhaul Options for your 206

June 2013 With so many STCs you have many alternatives, and all of them offer technical and operational improvements for your 206. Cessna’s 206 is a very fine airplane. The 206 series evolved... Read more

What’s in your survival/ditch kit?

What’s in your survival/ditch kit?

May 2013 Several months ago (“Heading Bug,” June 2012) columnist David Hipschman weighed in with his ideas about what to carry in your Cessna for emergencies, and he shared what he carries: “Here’s what is... Read more

The Perfect Plane: Our Better-Than-New Cessna 170B

The Perfect Plane: Our Better-Than-New Cessna 170B

May 2013/ When you begin the search for the aircraft model that will best fit your most common mission profile, you define and prioritize the wants and needs that will fit into a defined... Read more

Trusty Companion: The venerable lap desk

Trusty Companion: The venerable lap desk

August 2013 - A pilot's lap desk is more than just a tool of the trade. My folding lap desk started as fine brushed aluminum, but these days is showing some scars and scuffs. Soldiering... Read more

Cody, Wyo.: A still-small town in the big American West

Cody, Wyo.: A still-small town in the big American West

Have you ever traveled through a town in a hurry and thought to yourself, I ought to come back here sometime when I can stop and smell the roses…? During my NetJets days, flying... Read more

Skyhawk Domination

Skyhawk Domination

December 2013-  The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is the top selling aircraft of all time—and it’s unlikely that another model will knock it out of its number one position any time soon. Wikipedia’s “List of... Read more

Shell Introduces its Unleaded 100 Octane Fuel

Shell Introduces its Unleaded 100 Octane Fuel

Shell Oil issued the following press release on Dec. 1, 2013: SHELL REMOVES LEAD FROM LIGHT AIRCRAFT FUEL   Shell today became the first major oil company to develop a lead-free replacement for Aviation Gasoline... Read more

Affordable, Portable EFIS: Dynon’s D1 Pocket Panel

Affordable, Portable EFIS: Dynon’s D1 Pocket Panel

September 2013/ Who should have it, where to install it, and how to fly with it- If your panel looks like the photo on page X (Figure 1) when you’re flying in instrument conditions, then... Read more

Clyde’s Vision

Clyde’s Vision

January 2014- Clyde Cessna grew up on a farm near Raymond, Kan. He was a natural tinkerer and liked to know how things worked. He showed a talent for fixing farm machinery and by... Read more

Spotting Airframe Corrosion and Reducing Lead Fouling

Spotting Airframe Corrosion and Reducing Lead Fouling

Q: Hi Steve, I’m considering becoming a partner in what looks like a pretty nice 1966 Cessna 182 but I’m concerned about corrosion in the airframe. I seem to remember that Cessna didn’t apply... Read more

Learn the Three Rs: When to refurbish, repair or replace your fuel bladder

Learn the Three Rs: When to refurbish, repair or replace your fuel bladder

December 2013-  I knew it as soon as I saw the telltale stripes of blue dye on the metal fairing covering the gap between the bottom of the right wing and the fuselage. A... Read more

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EAA AirVenture 2014 NOTAM Now Available To Pilots Flying To Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture 2014 NOTAM Now Available To Pilots Flying To Oshkosh

  EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (April 18, 2014) — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), featuring arrival and departure procedures for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s 62nd annual fly-in convention July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The NOTAM, which is in effect July 25-August 4, outlines procedures for the many types of aircraft that...

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Lycoming Engines Celebrates 85 Years of Aviation Innovation

Lycoming Engines Celebrates 85 Years of Aviation Innovation

Williamsport, PA – April 1, 2014 – Lycoming Engines, an operating division of Avco Corporation, is pleased to announce that 2014 marks its 85th year of innovation in aviation technology. Over the years, Lycoming has earned a reputation as a market leader by focusing on innovative and reliable piston engine propulsion solutions for aviation. On April 3, 1929, a Beech-designed TravelAir...

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EAA, FAA REACH AGREEMENT ON AIRVENTURE ATC COSTS

EAA, FAA REACH AGREEMENT ON AIRVENTURE ATC COSTS

Nine-year deal brings stability, eliminates possibility of another '2013 surprise' EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. – (March 21, 2014) – EAA and the Federal Aviation Administration have signed two agreements – a Settlement Agreement and a nine-year Reimbursable Agreement – that provide EAA with assurance of air traffic control services on a consistent basis through 2022 for the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh®...

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Help Build the "One Week Wonder" Airplane at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014!

Help Build the "One Week Wonder" Airplane at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014!

      Attendees can participate and discover that homebuilts are accessible, affordable             EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (January 28, 2014) — The Experimental Aircraft Association is the home for those who build and restore aircraft and at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, the tens of thousands of attendees at “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” can share the building...

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Lightspeed Aviation Foundation 2014 Nominations and Applications Are Open!

Lightspeed Aviation Foundation 2014 Nominations and Applications Are Open!

w   Portland, OR — January 6, 2014 — Each year, through its Pilot's Choice Awards, the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation recognizes a select group of deserving aviation nonprofit organizations that are actively promoting growth in aviation or using aviation to aid in humanitarian causes. Deadlines for the 2014 awards are rapidly approaching and the foundation is urging eligible groups to apply and interested parties to...

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Garmin Pilot and VIRB Integration

Garmin Pilot and VIRB Integration

  Garmin is excited to announce even more integration and capabilities within Garmin Pilot, which are coming very soon. Customers who utilize version 6.0 of Garmin Pilot on iOS devices in conjunction with VIRB™, Garmin’s HD action camera, will be able to view live video simultaneously in Garmin Pilot.   In addition to viewing live video footage from VIRB within Garmin Pilot, the...

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Restored 1959 Cessna L-19E “Bird Dog” to be auctioned

Restored 1959 Cessna L-19E “Bird Dog” to be auctioned

WICHITA, Kan., Dec.19, 2013 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company today unveiled the restored 1959 Cessna L-19E “Bird Dog” to be auctioned at the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.  The L-19E will be auctioned alongside a Dodge M37 truck restored and donated by Okoboji Classic Cars, forming a unique pair of historical items offered...

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Aerospace Welding Minneapolis, Inc. (AWI) announces FAA PMA Approval on C-152 engine mount

 Eagan, MN – Aerospace Welding Minneapolis, Inc. (FAA CRS # UWDR792L/EASA.145.6155) has announced FAA/ PMA Approval on the Cessna 152 engine mount, the first of a number of engine mount PMA’s they will be pursuing. FAA/ PMA Approval has been issued for Part Number A0451003-36. The mount replaces Cessna Part Number 0451003-36, and is eligible for installation on Cessna 152’s...

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4th ANNUAL FLY-IN GRASS STRIP FOUNDATION

  4thANNUAL FLY-IN GRASS STRIP FOUNDATION OPEN HOUSE Saturday, OCTOBER 19, 2013 @ 9GA2 - BERG PARK AERODROME 9 AM TO 4PM N31-48-09/W81-23-51 GRASS STRIP FOUNDATION IS AN EDUCATIONAL & PRESERVATION FOUNDATION DEDICATED TO VINTAGE, EXPERIMENTAL & GENERAL AVIATION AIRCRAFT AND THEIR PRESERVATION, EDUCATING THE UNINFORMED ABOUT THE JOYS, PRACTICALITIES, AND NECESSITIES OF AIRCRAFT IN OUR MODERN SOCIETY, FOCUSING EDUCATION ON UPCOMING GENERATIONS OF THE POSSIBILITIES IN AVIATION...

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