General Aviation Modifications
Modifications for general aviation allow you to increase your plane's speed and trim weight, and make other changes to truly personalize your flying experience. Customize your aircraft with the professional modifications from Plane & Pilot and Pilot Journal Magazines.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
21st Century Propulsion
New engine technologies are here
From the Wright Brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk to the dawn of the Jet Age, almost every airplane was powered by an internal combustion engine—most using gasoline.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Increase Your Power
A roundup of modification and conversion options for your engine
There are many things in aviation that we'd all like more of: more runway in front of us, more altitude below us, more speed, more fuel in the tanks, more legroom for passengers, more useful load and more engine power all come to mind.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The Way Of Active Winglets
It’s not cheap, but it adds performance and safety to a variety of airplanes
Fortunately, airplanes don't deal much in real mousetraps, but every once in a while, someone comes along and invents a better one.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Choice Aftermarket Stops for Turboprops
Put new life in your legacy turboprop or bring a high-performance piston into the jet age! Aftermarket specialists can upgrade your engines, retrofit your interior, install a glass panel and more.
American Aviation Inc. American Aviation at Coeur d'Alene Airport in Idaho offers modifications for Beechcraft King Airs, Piper Cheyennes and Cessna Conquests.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Something Xtra Special
Upgrading Legacy Bonanzas the factory way
For years, GA manufacturers have left the upgrade aftermarket to STC (supplemental type certificate) holders and mod shops—the entities that developed or acquired an approved process of altering a certificated aircraft, and aircraft repair stations that specialize in installing STC upgrades, respectively.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
It’s The Little Things: Refurbishing On A Dime
A dozen ideas to upgrade your airplane without breaking the bank
With recent news of declining new-aircraft sales, it's pretty clear that we may be in it for the long haul when it comes to a full economic recovery.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Saddling Up A Colt
A novice rebuilds a Piper classic
It's not the biggest, strongest or fastest stallion in the paddock. But the spirited two-place Piper Colt PA-22-108 serves as a perfect mount for pilots seeking a trusty, uncomplicated steed over a high-strung, pricey thoroughbred.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
A New Lease On Flying
Retrofit avionics can add a lot of capability for not a lot of money
He hasn’t been out of GA for very long, but as far as the developments he’s missed, nothing comes close to the strides made in avionics over the last few years.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Electric flight is no longer an “if” but a “when”
In 2007, a quintessential “garage inventor” named Randall Fishman showed up out of nowhere at Oshkosh AirVenture with an electric-powered ultralight—and quietly turned the aviation world on its ear.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
FADEC Comes Of Age
Simplifying engine management with Teledyne Continental
Face it. Computers are taking over the world. Like it or not, more and more of those functions we used to perform manually are being accomplished faster and more efficiently with electronic assistance.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Upgrade Your Plane! Part II
A new panel
While having a modern, state-of-the-art panel may be a dream, this is no dream article. Given today’s economy, we’re taking a practical look at the best real-world solutions for getting maximum functionality without having to sell a kidney for financing.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Upgrade Your Plane! Part I
Part I: A new exterior
From time to time, Plane & Pilot embarks on a proverbial aircraft-upgrade project and chronicles the progress for the enjoyment and edification of readers.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
King Air Upgrades Spur Aftermarket Action
With heavy in- and outbound Philadelphia and New York traffic passing overhead, it’s a challenge getting cleared to climb directly to FL280 from Queen City Municipal Airport (KXLL) in Allentown, Pa.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Project 182, Part III
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Redressing A Skylane: Project 182, Part II
Flying by the seat of your pants is more comfortable and fun when you’re nestled into a supercomfortable seat surrounded by first-class furnishings
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Flying With Speed Brakes
Speed brakes can ease the process of descent and landing, and they can even decrease engine wear and tear on piston aircraft
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Project 182, Part I
Let’s say you own a 1981 Cessna Skylane with adequate avionics, an old paint job and a pedestrian interior, but want to increase capability and safety. What would you do first?
Friday, December 1, 2006
Accelerating A Mooney
Power Flow’s tuned exhaust system works
Okay, I admit it. I was a hot-rodder as a kid. Shortly after I was old enough to drive, a buddy and I began campaigning an old Ford on the second-gear, stock-car circuit around Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska. Later, I raced a Triumph TR3B and an Austin Healey 3000 in Sports Car Club of America gymkhana events around New Mexico. I didn’t win very often, but I had great fun in the process (until I realized how much money it was costing me).
Saturday, July 1, 2006
Compress Your Power
Turbocharging. Is it worth its weight and heat?
Let’s say you live in Wichita, Kan., where the highest terrain is about 1,600 feet. Normal aspiration should be adequate to cover virtually any situation, right?
Thursday, December 1, 2005
What Makes Airplane Tires So Special?
We went to Michelin for a short course
Airplane tires are a breed unto themselves. A tire on your car has it easy compared to one on an aircraft. Your car doesn’t drive along a sun-baked, 120-degree F taxiway, then climb into sub-zero temps several miles above the Earth, hanging in a 100-mph wind, then come down and smash onto the ground at 80 miles an hour, maybe even bouncing a few times. Not just any tire is up to the mission.
Thursday, December 1, 2005
Straight Talk From Thielert Aircraft Engines
Its new diesel aircraft powerplants are bringing Jet A to GA
The diesels are coming…the diesels are coming—to general aviation, that is. And the company that’s leading the charge isn’t one of general-aviation engines’ “big two.” No, it’s a relatively small company that has its sights clearly set on relieving your dependence on avgas.
Thursday, September 1, 2005
The Need For Speed!
The narcotic that pilots will pay almost anything for
Go ahead, admit it. When you read all of those pilot reports, you skim them, looking for the cruise speed, then go back and read the rest. It’s a natural thing. We all love the idea of going fast. But how fast is fast? And is there such a thing as fast enough?