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Article: Engine Break-In: It's Easier Than You Think

Perhaps more than some aviators, I'm often reminded how essential good mechanical work is on an airplane.

Also labeled: Aircraft, Engines

Article: Upgrading Your Instrument Panel

The majority of airplanes in the general- aviation fleet were built before glass panels and digital displays became standard equipment.

Article: Caring For Your Aircraft

The aircraft battery is a seldom-noticed and somewhat-ignored component of the machine’s life-giving systems.

Article: Caring For Your Aircraft

Oil is to an aviation piston engine what blood is to the human body: a crucial element in keeping it alive.

Article: Making The Most Of Your Aircraft Asset

There's a verse that goes: "To be successful, all you have to do is work half a day, and most of the time, you get to pick which 12 hours per day you want to work."

Article: 10 Tips For Stepping Up

Most aviators have, at some point in their lives, looked at the cloud-like contrails behind high-flying jets, and ultimately yearned to one day be flying in the flight levels.

Article: It’s The Little Things: Refurbishing On A Dime

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. ...

Article: Today’s GA Market

It's no secret that it is absolutely a buyer's market right now," says Steve Feldman, aircraft broker for AirplanesUSA, one of the largest aircraft dealers in the nation.

Article: Caring For Your Aircraft

Aircraft ignition systems are one of those things that few pilots give much thought to. We turn the key, the prop turns, the engine catches, and we're off for another day of flying.

Article: FADEC Comes Of Age

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.

Article: Upgrade Your Plane! Part III

When purchasing an aircraft, the selection criteria usually relate to mission capabilities such as seating capacity, speed, range, weather capabilities, etc. Consequently, the first engine-related decision that most aircraft owners make comes at TBO...

Article: Upgrade Your Plane! Part II

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 fin...

Article: Upgrade Your Plane! Part I

From time to time, Plane & Pilot embarks on a proverbial aircraft-upgrade project and chronicles the progress for the enjoyment and edification of readers.

Article: Power Trip

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.

Article: Blocked Pitot Tubes

The crash of Air France Flight 447, an Airbus A330, in the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009, during a flight from Brazil to Paris focused attention on pitot tubes, although many people had never heard of them before.

Article: Just Tires?

When we were student pilots, we were told to ...

Article: How To Keep Older Aircraft Flying

Article: What Makes Airplane Tires So Special?

Also labeled: Pilot Supplies, Tires

Article: How Old is Too Old?

In just the last few...