On average, light planes today are in the worst mechanical state ever. But your aircraft needn't be so if you are maintenance-aware and maintenance-involved. More
If you notice any change in your airplane, no matter how trivial, act immediately to determine its cause. A seemingly inconsequential thing like static in your headset might be a vital clue to an impending catastrophic failure. More
Whether you're approaching major overhaul or just dealing with one jug with a mid-life crisis, you face a bewildering array of cylinder choices: factory new, oversize, rebarrel, nitrided, through-hardened, channel chrome, Cermicrome, Nu-Chrome, Cermisteel, IFR, Freedom, and now CermiNil and Millennium cylinders...whew! Here is our survival guide for sorting through this maze and choosing replacement cylinders wisely. More
For years, we've warned against the use of fully synthetic oil such as Mobil AV-1 in most owner-flown airplanes because of its inability to hold lead and other contaminants in suspension. We've also cautioned against the extended oil change intervals suggested in Mobil's promotional literature. Now TCM has removed AV-1 from its list of approved oils, and Mobil has withdrawn it from the market. More
Maybe two thirds of the price of new just isn't enough of an incentive. More
Thanks to Daniel Valovich for this great shot of a Pitts. We're getting great pictures but some of the descriptions leave a lot to be desired. Set the scene for our readers. Tell us the type of plane, name of the pilot, if you know, where the photo was taken and what was going on at the time. You'll have a much better chance of getting your photo published.