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USED, BUYING SMART: THE PREBUY
The economic downturn continues to depress used
aircraft prices so if you've managed to escape significant and sustained
financial peril you could be well positioned to pick up a good used
aircraft at a very good price. Unfortunately, not all bargains are what
they seem. The old phrase "buyer beware" is as true as it's ever been.
The course most pilots take to avert the potential heartache and
financial headache created by a bad aircraft purchase is the prebuy
inspection. But not all inspections are equal. And if you think a
recently logged annual is good enough, you may want to
To get a handle on how to conduct a proper prebuy, we
spoke with Mike
Busch, who was honored as "National Aviation Maintenance Technician
of the Year" in 2008. The awards program is a cooperative effort between
the FAA and over a dozen industry sponsors. Aside from writing for
numerous aviation publications, Busch has also produced "Savvy Owner
Seminars" that are focussed on better aircraft maintenance while
spending less money. And, in a previous life, Busch cofounded AVweb and
served as editor-in-chief for more than seven years. We found his
comments on the proper prebuy frank, sensible, and sometimes
here to read the full article. More...
Aspen Avionics Introduces
Designed to work with what you already have in your panel,
's affordable NextGen ADS-B solutions provide an easy,
cost-effective path to increased situational awareness and meeting the
FAA's NextGen mandate. Try our simple ADS-B solution finder to get
|From the Pages of Aviation Consumer
ENGINES: ARE THERE ANY?
Yes, say engine overhaulers, and
Lycoming's four-cylinder models own the category. Owning one
substantially reduces the cost of flying.
Next to $6 avgas, the
cost of routine engine maintenance and overhauls takes the biggest bite
out of the aircraft ownership budget. You can always choose not to paint
your airplane or live with ratty seats, but if the engine tanks, you've
got an 1800-pound radio stack you can't even use because there's no way
to spin the alternator.
Our owner reports on various models
consistently confirm what we've always known: Some owners spend a lot
less on aircraft maintenance simply because they own airplanes equipped
with engines we have often considered bulletproof.
is, itself, a misnomer. Nothing in aviation is truly bulletproof, but
it's fair to say that some engines have a better service history than
others and, conversely, some are simply money pits. That's not to say
they don't perform, but it'll cost you more and reliability will
here to read the full article. More...
Garmin G3X Systems Now
Starting at $4,375
Now you have even more options when installing a Garmin
. A new Garmin autopilot system brings robust capabilities
to virtually any aircraft. An angle of attack pitot provides accurate,
real-time measurement of wing performance to provide stall margin
indication. And best of all, a new ADHARS unit and other essential
system components means you can get a complete G3X system for a new low
price starting at only $4,375.
PILOTS GET SOCIAL
The $100 hamburger can be a pleasant quest
for pilots, but there's nothing like planning a flight to a specific
event to get the prop turning. That's the theory behind Social Flight,
an app that lists more than 3,500 flying-related events all over the
U.S. with customized features that let pilots know where they can fly --
but, more importantly, why they should. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke
with Social Flight's Jeff Simon. More...
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