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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

Back in the Game »

Sometimes something comes between us and flying, and sometimes the interruption can last a few years. Here' how I came back to flying IFR, by making a plan and flying the plan. More