Features

Glass Replacement: What's Involved »

The glass in your bird is looking a little milky, there's some crazing on the windshield and a little crack where the pebble hit. Is it time to replace the windows? How can you tell? What's it going to cost? How can I make the glass last longer? More

Staying In One Piece »

With sunny skies and calm winds, it's a surprise to reach cruise altitude and find a bumpy ride. Though computer modeling is beginning to overcome many limitations in turbulence prediction, the products aren't always accurate and don't convey the nature of the problem. So, it's pretty important for pilots to be well versed in what causes turbulence. More

Things Go Bump In the Night »

So there you are, flying along, proverbially fat, dumb and happy. Suddenly a cacophony of unusual sounds and vibration, accompanied by a pungent smell that pierces the cockpit, and the windshield is sprayed with oil. More

Heavy Metal: In Filters and Screens »

What if you've got visible metal bits in your oil? Since source identification is critical, the first question is what kind of metal is it that you're looking at? More

It's The Great Pumpkin Drop Charlie Brown! »

Boy, oh boy, has this been fun! The excitement level at Liberty Landing International Airport had reached a fever pitch; the crowds of cheering spectators were on their feet! The field was littered with the orange carcasses of shattered pumpkins scattered over a very impressive area. Some were pretty dang close to the hangars. That may have been the reason that all planes not flying in the competition had been put away. The remaining planes, not in the air but still flying in the competition, were parked on the opposite side of the big hangar, away from the target field. More

Your Refurb: "Fresh Annual" and Other Scams »

It's a sad law of aviation that while we like to think of pilots as honest, upstanding citizens, when it comes to selling airplanes, an unpleasantly high proportion suddenly turn into snake-oil salesmen. More

Plastic Window Care »

There are two important notes with respect to aircraft windows. The first is that there is no reason they cannot be serviceable for 20-25 years or more with reasonable care and a little luck—especially with a hangar. The second is how you care for your windows. More

Operating Superstitions—Part Two »

Last month's feature on the frustrating persistence of engine operating superstitions generated a number of comments from readers, most appreciating the ammunition to fire back at the Old Wives' Tale-spouting "experts" at their local airport. Several referenced other operating superstitions—engine and airplane—regularly being passed off as time-honored aviation truths and asked if they could be addressed. In the spirit of reader service, we pulled up a handful of the most common. More

Used Aircraft Guide: Beech 36-Series »

Since 1968, the 36-series Bonanzas has steadily built a solid record for workmanship, performance, handling and comfort. Prices on the used market reflect the high regard for the airplanes. Easy entry to the rear seats and club seating made them popular with passengers as well as pilots, even though the aft CG limit can make loading a challenge and some turbocharged models are a little light on useful load. Aftermarket mods such as turbonormalizing and tip tanks can turn a 36-series Bonanza into an airplane that can carry four people 1000 NM at 200 knots. More