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Affirmative Attitude by Dan Pimentel

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The Friendly Skies

September 2014- If there is one constant that runs through the souls of all aviators and aviation enthusiasts, it's that... Read more

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We’ve Been Everywhere, Man

We’ve Been Everywhere, Man

August 2014- I've been everywhere, man.I've been everywhere, man.Crossed the deserts bare, man.I've breathed the mountain air, man.Of travel I've had my share, man.I've been everywhere.—"I've Been Everywhere," adapted by Hank Snow In the 120... Read more

From Hand Axes to Five-Axis: A Brief History of Hartzell Propeller

From Hand Axes to Five-Axis: A Brief History of Hartzell Propeller

September 2014- At the turn of the 20th century, George Hartzell and his son Robert were making rifle stocks from various hardwoods using a proprietary process they had developed that strengthened the wood... Read more

More Mods, More Modern: Even More Good Things for the 182

More Mods, More Modern: Even More Good Things for the 182

  August 2014- Bill, our trusty 1966 Cessna 182, has an insatiable appetite for modifications and other enhancements. These enhancements cover the spectrum from performance mods, to instruments, to avionics.Nine years ago I wrote... Read more

Cessna 310 Improving a Legend

Cessna 310 Improving a Legend

September 2014- Dwane Wallace and his team created the first Cessna 310 in the mid-1950s. The airplane featured an airframe profile which was, and still is, unique. When a Cessna 310 taxis onto... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Planning for the Worst, Hoping for the Best

Planning for the Worst, Hoping for the Best

September 2014- I learned to fly in 1977, receiving my private pilot certificate in South Texas at the Kleberg County Airport (KIKG). I started Nu Venture Air Services LLC in 1997, after I... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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08-28-2014
Challenge of Landing at 49 State Capitals in Just Two Weeks Accepted by Two Private Pilots
Challenge of Landing at 49 State Capitals in Just Two Weeks Accepted by Two Private Pilots

  (MEDFORD, OR) August 28, 2014- The challenge of flying a private "general aviation" airplane to all 49 state capitals in the "lower 48" plus Alaska in just two weeks is one that most private pilots would never accept. It is however, the flight plan for an inspiring journey being attempted by two veteran pilots to raise public awareness about smaller,...

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08-28-2014
Textron Aviation Independence facility delivers 10,000th single-engine aircraft
Textron Aviation Independence facility delivers 10,000th single-engine aircraft

WICHITA, Kan., Aug. 27, 2014 —Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced today that Cessna Aircraft Company delivered the 10,000th single-engine aircraft from its Independence, Kan. facility since its first delivery in June 1996. Liberty University took delivery of this milestone aircraft, a Cessna Skyhawk, along with two other Cessna Skyhawks, adding to its growing flight training fleet. "Reaching this...

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08-06-2014
EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2014 FACTS AND FIGURES

August 2014- Comment from EAA Chairman Jack Pelton: "It was a tremendous week on many levels. We filled Wittman Regional Airport with aircraft for the first time in several years, with both aircraft camping and parking areas completely full at mid-week. The cooperation and support of the airport's east side community made possible the historic first appearance of the U.S. Air Force...

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08-02-2014
Lockheed Martin Flight Services Approves inReach Satellite Communicator for Aircraft Alerting and Surveillance Services
Lockheed Martin Flight Services Approves inReach Satellite Communicator for Aircraft Alerting and Surveillance Services

YARMOUTH, Maine – July 28, 2014 – General aviation pilots can now fly safer and get help faster with their inReach satellite communicators linked to Lockheed Martin Flight Services (LMFS). DeLorme today announced that its inReach satellite communicator is now a supported device for the LMFS Adverse Condition Alerting Service (ACAS) and Surveillance-Enhanced Search and Rescue. Once an inReach device is...

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08-02-2014
Cessna Stationair to sport new interior seating option
Cessna Stationair to sport new interior seating option

OSHKOSH, Wis., July 28, 2014 — Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced today at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh it will offer a new seating option for the Cessna 206 Stationair that provides the versatility for up to five different cabin seating configurations. The cabin seating option, available on Stationair aircraft beginning in 2015, can...

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08-02-2014
Hartzell Engine Technologies Announces The Purchase Of The Plane-Power Line Of Aircraft Alternators

Oshkosh, WI, July 29, 2014 — Representatives of Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC, announced today that the company has finalized an agreement to purchase the assets of Plane-Power, LTD. "When the opportunity came to acquire the Plane-Power line we saw it as having tremendous potential, not only to complement Hartzell's family of alternators, but to gain immediate access into new markets," Mike...

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08-02-2014
Sennheiser Supports Aspiring Pilots as Premier Sponsor of EAA's Eagle Flights Program
Sennheiser Supports Aspiring Pilots as Premier Sponsor of EAA's Eagle Flights Program

Oshkosh, WI, July 28, 2014 — Aviation headset manufacturer Sennheiser announced that it will continue its support of the general aviation community as the premier sponsor of EAA's Eagle Flights program. Sennheiser is supporting EAA with products and financial resources, including two $1,500 scholarships that will be awarded to a pair of deserving pilots in training. As the premier sponsor...

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08-01-2014
If you fly into MYR (Myrtle Beach International Airport) you need to read this:

On August 4, 2014, Horry County Department of Airport (HCDA) will commence its $18.0 M runway 18/36 rehabilitation project at Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR). HCDA kindly asks for your assistance in helping us spread the word to your members and audience. Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), serving Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a popular stopping point for private aircraft owners...

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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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