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Friday, 30 January 2015 19:05

High & Wild

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April 2005- Few can deny that being a pilot has privileges. One such privilege is access to remote wilderness areas for all types of recreation, including hunting. Even if you aren't a hunter and are simply looking to experience the outdoors in as pristine and unaltered a setting as possible, flying into a remote resort or wilderness outfit can provide you with the get-away you long for.
April 2005- Spring is here for most of us. We are no longer thawing airplanes out in hangars before we can fly them. No frost on the windshields and soon mud daubers will be a factor with our pitot tubes. Pre-heating of engines is over as well as wondering if that ancient Janitrol heater in your Apache is finally going to give you a big case of the carbon monoxides.
Friday, 30 January 2015 18:31

Left Coast Pilot: Aging Eyes

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April 2005- Sooner or later, it happens to most of us: You may be able to spot traffic before your passengers, but you find it getting harder and harder to read the fine print on an approach plate, or the tower frequencies on sectional charts. Squinting helps for awhile, but eventually most of us need reading glasses.
Friday, 30 January 2015 18:20

The Sound of Silence

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April 2005- If properly maintained and operated, today's Continental and Lycoming engines are exceedingly reliable. Having one actually stop is a long shot that most of us pilots don't like to talk or even think about. If these engines were the least bit prone to stopping, we'd have boats not airplanes.
Monday, 26 January 2015 19:53

Bumps and Circuits: Make Me a Deal, Please

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February 2005 It seems that everyone gets some kind of a deal when buying a big-ticket item like a new car or a used airplane. Well, everyone but me. In his youth, my Dad was a horse trader. He could start out the day with a spavined, sore-backed nag at sunrise and come home that night with a string of cow ponies. The result of my horse trading was usually the reverse.
Monday, 26 January 2015 19:50

There Is No Litmus Test for Aborted Takeoffs

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February 2005- There is no flying decision harder to make or more second-guessed than aborting a takeoff. It is the most time-critical choice you make in the pilot’s seat and it has some of the largest and most dire consequences if you get it wrong.
Thursday, 22 January 2015 20:58

The Ins and Outs of Owner-Assisted Annuals

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April 2005- There are a lot of reasons you should consider finding a shop that will let you help with your aircraft's annual inspection. And saving money isn't one of them.Two words strike fear into the heart of every aircraft owner: Annual Inspection – the yearly ritual that's just slightly less dreaded than a visit to "Dr. Jellyfinger." But, as they say, you gotta' do what you gotta' do if you want to keep flying.
Thursday, 22 January 2015 20:50

Modifications and Good Things for the Cessna 182

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April 2005- The observation that Bill is a pampered Cessna 182 borders on understatement. This Skylane left the Cessna factory in December 1966 as a state-of-the-art IFR flying machine with a full avionics stack including an autopilot.Bill now shares a 60 x 80-foot heated hangar with three other aircraft. As he resides in these comfy surroundings, his owner continually upgrades his equipment list with numerous STCs, Field Modifications and additional Cessna Options.
Thursday, 22 January 2015 20:41

Bobcat UC78

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March 2005- Sixty-five years ago, our country focused all its energy in an epic struggle. The young were called to arms. The U.S. industrial machine awoke from a decade of economic depression to produce war materials. Aircraft came off the production lines in unheard of numbers. After the war, these aircraft decayed in remote areas or went to smelters for reuse in the aluminum industry.
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