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Affirmative Attitude by Dan Pimentel

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Restoration Heaven

August 2014- We see vintage airplanes at airshows and are in love, because nothing else grabs an aviator's soul and... Read more

The Planes Bring us Togeth…

July 2014- Each summer, the aviation family makes the pilgrimage to the shores of Lake Winnebago. They come to a... Read more

Imagine the Good

June 2014- Imagine the life of dogs locked helpless in row after row of cages, without any hope or way... Read more

It Just Sort of Happened

May 2014- The one thing we as humans—and aviators—can count on is that we are all really good at something.... Read more

The A-List

April 2014- As I search our aviation family to find aviators who are reshaping the world with their perfectly-executed and... Read more

Talking It Up

March 2014- There are those among us who create opportunity where there is none, asking nothing in return as they develop... Read more

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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Considerations for Alternator Upgrades: Running on Plane-Power

Considerations for Alternator Upgrades: Running on Plane-Power

June 2014- Replacing the original equipment DOFF-type alternator with a modern, aircraft-specific Plane-Power alternator is a good move. It's a very good move if you're still depending on a generator for electrical power.I... Read more

Skylane Success Story

Skylane Success Story

  August 2014- Fast on the heels of the 172, Cessna released its second tricycle gear aircraft: the 182.* Based on the rugged 180, it had the fastback-style straight tail lines of that model,... Read more

“Out of the Clear Blue of the Western Sky…”: The Bamboo Bomber

“Out of the Clear Blue of the Western Sky…”: The Bamboo Bomber

March 2014- Cessna Aircraft built its earliest T-50 twins as civilian aircraft for the commercial light transport market. The airplane, which was first flown in March of 1939, was made of wood and... 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

AirVenture Fundamentals

AirVenture Fundamentals

July 2014- This year will mark my 18th year attending the annual AirVenture fly-in in Oshkosh. It is also the 10th anniversary of the Cessna Flyer Association (to be celebrated in the August... Read more

Position Report: Helping General Aviation Take Off

Position Report: Helping General Aviation Take Off

June 2014- General Aviation is a homegrown American industry that is responsible for 1.2 million jobs and pumps more than $150 billion into our nation's economy. But it's also an industry that could... 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

Treading into Unfamiliar Territory: CFA learns about tires and retreads at Desser Tire & Rubber Co.

Treading into Unfamiliar Territory: CFA learns about tires and retreads at Desser Tire & Rubber Co.

May 2014- First off, let’s get one Old Aviators Tale (“OAT”) out of the way right now. It’s safe to install retreaded aircraft tires on retractable gear airplanes. For decades a rumor has... Read more

Noise Reduction Headsets

Noise Reduction Headsets

March 2014- Short of sitting in the front row of a Metallica concert for a few hours, there are few things that compare with the hearing damage a piston engine-powered airplane can cause.... 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

A Different Breed: Cessna’s Skymasters

A Different Breed: Cessna’s Skymasters

June 2014- When Cessna introduced its "revolutionary" tandem twin 336 Skymaster in 1963, it thought it had a real hit on its hands. After all, with centerline thrust and twin tail booms, the... Read more

Cessna 150 The Little Trainer that Did

Cessna 150 The Little Trainer that Did

May 2014- With the demise of the 140 in 1951, Cessna looked to fill the entry-level/trainer void with a more modern airframe. Following on the success of the 172, the company sought to... Read more

Abundance at the Runway’s End

Abundance at the Runway’s End

June 2014- In our endless quest to find exciting places to point our airplanes, there are two undeniable factors that almost always dictate if any new destination is going to end up at... 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

Ameritech Industries: American Propeller and Eagle Engines

Ameritech Industries: American Propeller and Eagle Engines

April 2014- Propellers take a beating. During operations that range from the instant takeoff power is cranked on to power-off stalls and descents, blades continually flex due to changes in aerodynamic loading. Props... Read more

Simulated Cockpit, Real Training

Simulated Cockpit, Real Training

July 2014- Flight simulators have been around in one form or another for the better part of aviation's history. The earliest units were typically built from plywood. They sported vacuum tubes, were mostly... Read more

Spotting Airframe Corrosion and Reducing Lead Fouling

Spotting Airframe Corrosion and Reducing Lead Fouling

February 2014- 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... 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

Leading Edge: Engine Monitoring: Predicting the Future with Electronics

Leading Edge: Engine Monitoring: Predicting the Future with Electronics

June 2014- Traditionally, a pilot has had one EGT gauge and one CHT gauge that he or she would use to keep track of the performance of an engine. The aircraft's manufacturer determined... Read more

Shell Introduces its Unleaded 100 Octane Fuel

Shell Introduces its Unleaded 100 Octane Fuel

February 2014- 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... Read more

Stallion 51’s Unusual Attitude Training

Stallion 51’s Unusual Attitude Training

  March 2014- When I looked up at the all-glass attitude indicator, for a moment I wasn’t quite sure what I was staring at. Instead of a nice horizon line separating a blue sky... Read more

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

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

February 2014- 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... Read more

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

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

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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07-24-2014
Shell Aviation Activities Take Flight at Oshkosh

Houston, 24 July 2014: Visitors are invited to participate in a variety of exciting activities offered by the Shell Aviation team for this year's Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh. Branding news, AeroShell booth, technical forums and a 30 year anniversary celebration for a team of talented and skilled aviators is among what is in store by Shell Aviation to...

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07-22-2014
NTSB to Participate in Annual Aviation Event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

July 22, 2014 WASHINGTON – National Transportation Safety Board Member Earl Weener and NTSB senior aviation investigators will participate at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual fly-in convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on July 28 – August 3. General aviation accidents account for the majority of aviation-related deaths in the United States and continue to be a safety priority for...

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07-22-2014
ASA 2015 Catalogs Available Now!
ASA 2015 Catalogs Available Now!

Newcastle, WA-- ASA's new full-color, 48-page catalog showcasing the product line for 2015 is now available and ready for shipping. The 2015 Product Showcase includes product descriptions and pictures as well as order and pricing information for more than 600 educational training products and supplies for all types of aviators.   ASA's expanded line of training products provides students with what they...

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07-22-2014
Sennheiser Brings Passion of Flight to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh with One Week Wonder, Able Flight and Fifth Annual 'Podapalozza'
Sennheiser Brings Passion of Flight to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh with One Week Wonder, Able Flight and Fifth Annual 'Podapalozza'

Oshkosh, WI – July 22, 2014: Aviation headset manufacturer Sennheiser [Tent 288, Wittman Regional Field] announced a packed agenda at this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh with sponsorships, a flight pinning ceremony and the fifth annual 'Podapalooza' social media gathering. For the duration of AirVenture, Sennheiser will be showcasing its best in class aviation headsets — the S1 family, including the...

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07-18-2014
Think Global Flight Resumes Around the World Flight to Promote Education

July 22, 2014, Burbank, CA. USA: Think Global Flight, in partnership with Ardwin Freight will depart from Burbank, CA for completion of its around the world flight to promote and inspire students in a Citation Mustang under Captain Judy Rice's command. Second Officer will be Ardwin Freight president and owner, Edwin Sahakain. This effort was launched in a Cirrus SR20 donated...

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07-10-2014
AirVenture Gets Bigger; So Does Sporty’s
AirVenture Gets Bigger; So Does Sporty’s

July 9, 2014- Sporty's welcomes showgoers to its big tent Sporty's will provide a shopping experience for showgoers who enter Sporty's big tent. Even larger than last year, Sporty's will show pilots what's new and what they need now in a 16,000-square foot display. "Sporty's has relocated its pilot shop to Oshkosh for the week," says Sporty's Vice President John Zimmerman. "We...

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06-11-2014
Cessna kicks off third annual Discover Flying Challenge
Cessna kicks off third annual Discover Flying Challenge

WICHITA, Kan., June 10, 2014 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company (NYSE:TXT) today kicked off of the third annual Discover Flying Challenge (DFC) during a launch event in Wichita, Kan. Eight DFC participants will take part in this unique internship promoting interest in general aviation and engaging aviation enthusiasts across the country. Six...

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06-02-2014
EAA COMMEMORATES 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY WITH SPECIAL MUSEUM ACTIVITIES ON JUNE 6-7
EAA COMMEMORATES 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY WITH SPECIAL MUSEUM ACTIVITIES ON JUNE 6-7

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (May 30, 2014) — The 70th anniversary of the massive D-Day invasion of World War II will be commemorated at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh on June 6-7, including programs with veterans of the Allied offensive that began on June 6, 1944.Friday, June 6, marks 70 years after 160,000 Allied troops landed along...

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05-21-2014
Superior Air Parts Announces That The FAA Has Approved A Global AMOC For A Portion Of The Aircraft Affected By The Recently Updated Millennium Cylinder A.D.

Coppell, TX, May 20, 2014 — Keith Chatten, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Superior Air Parts, Inc., announced today that the FAA has approved a Global Alternative Method of Compliance (Global AMOC) for the recent revision of FAA AD 2014-05-29. The original AD was issued for certain Continental Motors, Inc., (CMI) (IO-520, TSIO-520, and IO-550 series reciprocating engines with...

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05-15-2014
Danbury Aerospace Highlights Reliability of Products through FAA Rulemaking

San Antonio, TX May 15, 2014 - Danbury Aerospace, the parent for ECI Inc., submitted comments to the docket for the Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA) regarding a proposed Airworthiness Directive (AD) to address certain types of manufacturer-approved cylinder assemblies.   Danbury's comments addressed both the rulemaking procedures utilized by the FAA and also sought to assist the agency in clarifying the figures contained in its economic...

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