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, 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?
Monday, August 1, 2005
Straight Talk From Superior Air Parts
The industry’s largest producer of aftermarket cylinders and parts sets its sights on the certified engine business
Superior Air Parts, Inc. (www.superiorairparts.com), knows the value of getting the “little things” right because that’s what its business was founded on. In 1967, it manufactured little piston-engine replacement parts, like valve guides, gaskets and piston rings for the USAF. It wasn’t long after, when the opportunity to provide these parts to the general-aviation (GA) market appeared, that it moved into the commercial sector.
Friday, April 1, 2005
Straight Talk From Lycoming
The largest piston-engine maker to introduce diesel & other designs
In a long-awaited move, Lycoming general manager Ian Walsh said that his company will be introducing a new diesel engine. While the company hasn’t released details of the new engine, Walsh did say that it would be dramatically more efficient than today’s gasoline-powered engines and would solve other problems, including the use of lead in aviation fuel. The diesel, when introduced, would run on standard jet fuel.
Wednesday, November 30, -0001
Our 10 Favorite Cirrus SR22S
Airplanes that stand out from the crowd and make us take notice
It’s fair to say that Cirrus changed general aviation in a way that hasn’t been seen since the halcyon days following World War II, when it seemed everybody built airplanes.