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.
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.