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 had... Read more
At EAA AirVenture this year Superior Air Parts introduced its Vantage engine with STC approval for Cessna 172R and 172S models.We took some time to visit with Scott Hayes, Vice President, Sales... Read more
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 Skymaster... Read more
"Our experience has shown that in regions of high humidity, active corrosion can be found on cylinder walls of new engines inoperative for periods as brief as two days."—Lycoming Service Letter No. L180B
April... Read more
Start flight planning today to point your Cessna at these destinations, where an awesome meal awaits.
In part one of the "Best of the Best" Airport Restaurant series that ran last month in... Read more
The reliability and ease of operation of the PT6A engines as well as the incredible performance makes the Conquest the finest aircraft Jim Irwin, president of Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co., has ever... Read more
John Purner's $100 Hamburger guide and website details all of the airport restaurants you absolutely must visit.
John Purner literally wrote the book on the hundred-dollar hamburger, and his guidebook and website provide... Read more
The choices may seem bewildering (and they can be!),but at least prices seem to be settling down.
In 2014, EAA AirVenture's exhibit halls were filled with ADS-B vendors who have viable products for... Read more
Aviation is big—really big—in Colorado, but only one destination calls itself "Colorado's official air and space museum," and has a bill passed in the state legislature to prove it.
Over the Rockies Air... Read more
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
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 a... Read more
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
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 endure... Read more
If there ever was an endeavor to which the phrase caveat emptor applies, it would be purchasing an aircraft. Even as a seller, you are still at great risk. We've all heard... Read more
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.
In fact... Read more
For many reasons, the Cessna 340/340A has evolved into the world's best-selling piston-powered, cabin-class pressurized twin.
The typical buyer of a Cessna 340 is moving up from a high performance single engine airplane... Read more
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 produce... Read more
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
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 pneumatic... Read more
While Milwaukee-area weather personality John Malan is teasing me with weather forecasts that approximate the coming spring, I can testify that spring is truly here. So get on out there and fly—once you... Read more
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 do... Read more
If you hit rain or turbulence, you can deviate; if it's hot, you can just keep climbing untilyou find cool air. But when it's cold, it's cold everywhere. Here are some simple... Read more
Three defects can show up on exhaust systems; read on to find out exactly what they are and how to find them.
Light airplane exhaust systems don't garner as much attention as a... Read more
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 circulated that... Read more
After two years of additional work to get her flying again, my better-than-new 170B now has over 70 hours of flight time.
In the first half of this two-part series ("The Perfect Plane... Read more
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, but... Read more
Flying floats is one of the most exciting forms of flying, and it might just be the closest to barnstorming that a pilot can get in today's world.
Earning your Single Engine–Sea rating... Read more
Ramona Cox decided years ago to set her goals high and never look back.
In a remote canyon deep in the backcountry wilderness somewhere, the distinctive sound of a TSIO-520 Continental engine... Read more
Each year aircraft owner groups gather at predetermined rendezvous points around the Midwest with their aircraft, and in formation each group descends into Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH) for EAA's AirVenture.Cessnas 2 Oshkosh... Read more
This entry-level turboprop was a winner in 1981, and is still one today.
When people ask me to comment about the Cessna 425 Conquest I, I get flashbacks. Having been a marketing type... Read more
If you like tall trees, saltwater, clean air, wildlife, hiking, biking, sailing and an easy pace of life, it's time to put "Flying into the San Juan Islands" up near the top of... Read more
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
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
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 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 tubular... Read more
ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 20, 2014 - Textron Aviation, Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition in Orlando it is expanding its industry-leading... Read more
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
A ferry pilot uses this global satellite communicator for practical purposes—and also for fun.
Ferrying an aircraft is one of the most taxing activities a pilot can undertake. From checking weather to... Read more
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 issue).
The... Read more
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
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 the... Read more
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
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
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
If you're not using an iPad in the cockpit, you could be missing out on one of the greatest and most cost-effective innovations for aviation in decades.
No question, the iPad has changed... Read more