Features

OpenAirplane: Maximizing Your Pilot's License »

For those who don’t own an airplane, the pilot certificate often turns off when the pilot is away from their home base because the process of renting an aircraft while away from home can be a hassle. OpenAirplane hopes to change this. More

Aircraft Detailing: More than a Wash »

Hiring a professional detailing service can create a starting point for rejuvenating the aircraft paint finish, while making routine post-flight cleaning easier. Detailing work is pricey, but might be paid during resale. More

Continental Motors: Bullish on Diesel »

The Thielert buy gives Continental four diesel products—the 135-HP and 155-HP Centurions, the 230-HP TD300 and the certified but not-yet-produced 350-HP eight cylinder Thielert-developed Centurion. More

Automation: Friend or Foe? »

Our training regime hasn’t changed to accommodate the new equipment pilots are being forced to use. The simple fact is that greater—not less—automation is in our future. More

Extended Warranty Plans for Avionics »

Factory repair costs for integrated avionics are on the rise. That makes most extended warranty plans worth the investment. More

Learning Your Retrofit Panel »

Like flying a new type of aircraft, major avionics work can mean a huge learning curve. Getting quality formal training and avoiding a complex and nonstandard layout is a smart plan. More

Increasingly, You're Being Watched -- Why That's Good »

The NTSB's recent release of a final report regarding the fatal November 13, 2011, crash of a Cirrus SR-22T shed light on a flight noteworthy for its aerobatics; it also invites speculation regarding the potentially untapped value of recorded flight data in general aviation. More

A Visit With Trade-A-Plane: Selling Airplanes in the Digital Age »

Before there was eBay, craigslist and controller.com, not to mention web sites for every imaginable aircraft marque, the one and only place you looked for a used airplane or obscure parts to fix one was Trade-A-Plane , the iconic yellow shopper that, for many of us, was and is a dreamsheet. More

Risk Management, Military Style »

Especially in military operations, it's impossible to eliminate risk, but it can be minimized. Many of their risk-management techniques can apply to your flying. More