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.
A roundup of the new autopilots that are changing the retrofit game
Over the past couple of decades, we’ve come a long way in understanding the nature of the risk we face when flying, especially when flying in instrument conditions, and the role that automation can play in that overall risk picture. We’ve also realized the importance of recognizing where a pilot’s performance might fall short and more »
This potentially do-it-yourself job can make starting your engine so much easier
You know the sound. You get in your vehicle, put the key in the ignition, turn the key, and hear the starter turn over in a slow, ow, ow, ow growl…until it dies. You have a dead battery, and you need a jump to get going. So you jump it. Once you have it started, more »
For builders of Experimental airplanes, building a wiring harness can be a daunting task. Good news—professional help is available
For those of you who have actually finished an amateur-built plane, you get the old saying that the last 20 percent of any big job takes half the time. When it comes to homebuilding, that last 20 percent of the job is typically associated with installing the engine, applying paint and, yes, installing avionics. That more »
Our ’64 182 needed new belts. How we did it and how much it cost.
This article is the first in a series about bringing a good used airplane up to more modern standards. Our test subject is a 1964 Cessna 182G with a beautiful airframe, passable but old interior, avionics in dire need of updating and the original engine that has good compression and relatively low time since an more »
How important is speed in an airplane and how much is it worth?
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?
The airfoils and flight control surfaces of the future might be very different than what we’re used to. Think engines, lots of them, and bird wings.
If you’ve been around aviation for any length of time, you know a few stories about so-called revolutionary aircraft that sounded too good to be true. Turns out, most of the time, they are. So, stop me if you’ve heard the one about the airliner that cruises at 600 mph, but lands on a 3,000-foot runway. more »
Why this next-generation powerplant is everything owners and pilots have been waiting for
Late last year at the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas, GE introduced its new turboprop, simply called (in GE’s current preference for brands over numerical designations) the Advanced Turboprop, and it did so with an air of understatement admirable in this age of the hype machine. Brad Mottier, the head of GE’s remarkably successful and more »
Four companies are vying to put their flat panels in this legendary (and seemingly indestructible) turboprop twin. Which glass cockpit is right for your King Air?
When a veritable parade of avionics manufacturers, including the biggest names in the business, all decide to create retrofit flat-panel avionics systems for one family of airplanes, you can guess that there’s some real opportunity there, and you’d be right. The airframe in question is the Beechcraft King Air and the companies looking to put more »
Why you don’t really need fancy mods to fly faster
One of the most common questions I hear from readers at shows such as Sun ‘n Fun, AirVenture and the old AOPA conventions has long been, “Why won’t my airplane perform to book specs?” The majority of folks seem to feel the manufacturers are simply exaggerating their products’ performance, in some cases, wildly so. Perhaps more »
With the 2020 mandate looming, options abound as time grows short
While GPS navigation transformed general aviation in 1995, all eyes are now on the federal ADS-B mandate that will go into effect January 1, 2020. “ADS-B” is the acronym for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, which is a whole new way of tracking and controlling aircraft using satellites instead of ground-based RADAR. ADS-B is a key component more »
Can an innovative approach to regulations spark a GA renaissance?
We’re on the cusp of a major policy and regulatory shift that will accelerate the adoption of new technologies, from electric propulsion to autonomous vehicle operation, in general aviation, and likely will profoundly affect your flying experience in the future. You can see hints today of what the new approach heralds in the recent appearance more »
Not since the 1930s has airplane innovation been impacted as much as it was yesterday when ICON unveiled their hotly anticipated A5 amphibious aircraft to the public through a handful of pilot journalists.
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.
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.