The pilot's flight bag has gotten smaller over the years and in a market flooded with compact flight totes, four bags-all with different styling-survived our long-term evaluation and earned our critical praise. In this video, Aviation Consumer Editor Larry Anglisano offers a close look at four favorites on the Aviation Consumer evaluation bench.
The latest Clarity Aloft in-ear headset uses a flexible headband for easier adjustment and has FAA TSO for commercial flight crew use.
At around $180,000, the 2018 Flight Design CTLSi is about as modern as any LSA on the market, with a Rotax 912iS Sport engine, a three-display Dynon glass cockpit, a BRS whole-airplane parachute and a high-end leather interior. But if you're looking to save some money but don't want to sacrifice performance, a pre-owned late-model CTLSi is worth a look. For this video, Aviation Consumer Editor Larry Anglisano took a close look at the CTLSi models to see if they really can work as efficient traveling airplanes. Turns out they can.
To follow up on its popular "Your Refurb" series of Feature articles, AVweb is starting a new, equally occasional, series on caring, feeding and upgrading your airplane: "Whats Under the Hood?" To begin the series, we're taking a look at vacuum pumps, how they work and how to make them last.
With little fanfare, Lycoming has dramatically rolled back prices on major engine parts, including crankcases and crankshafts. The price reductions on some parts are as much as 70 percent, according to the company, and have reset overhaul decisions for many owners who may have unserviceable cranks or cases. Heretofore, those replacement parts would have been drawn from the overhaul or repair pool and owners would have been charged accordingly. Now owners can opt for new crankcases and crankshafts at prices comparable to what they might have expected to pay for repaired parts.
Savvy Analysis was created to help aircraft owners do a better job of operating and maintaining their aircraft through analysis of uploaded engine monitor data. It has recently launched new tools in that quest: A report card comparing operating data on the customer's airplane to other airplanes of the same time; a system of alerts to warn an aircraft owner of items of potential concern based on their engine data and an early warning of exhaust valve failure.