The future of fuels

Fuel is the lifeblood of aircraft and pilots. Most aircraft need it to power their engines; pilots need it, in the form of oxygen and proper nutrition, to power themselves. The November issues of General Aviation News will turn the spotlight on fuels — all kinds — and look at the current state of affairs, as well as what we can expect

As always, we’d love to hear from our readers. Email General Aviation News Editor Janice Wood with your feedback.

Making a living as an ag pilot

G164 Super B Ag Cat Seeding Rice in Northern California

By TRACY T. THURMAN

An ag pilot’s day starts early, just as the sun lifts itself above the horizon. It’s cool in the morning. The air is clean and crisp. Standing on a dew sparkled grass runway watching the landscape emerge into the light of a new day is part of an ag pilot’s daily commute.

The morning calm however, is soon broken by a demanding shout. “Clear!” The ‘tick tick tick tick… whirrrr…’ of a turboprop engine coming to life shatters the serenity and the work day has begun.

All across the country, on air strips in rural valleys and farmlands, the same procedure is repeated. There are millions of acres that need to be planted, treated, and protected. Before most people have had their first cup of coffee, the men and women of agricultural aviation are in motion doing just that.

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Getting GA’s story out to the public

I am a creature of habit. I have been watching the national and local evening news on TV most every evening for more than 50 years. The local news informs me about the weather and other things, and the national news keeps me informed on some of the things that are going on in the world.

In the past, the national news was more or less factual and informative. But now with several cable all-news networks, the news business has become more theater than informative.

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HI-IQ USB Battery Charger introduced

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USBporthiressmallFor the last three years, CommitLift has been supplying panel-mounted USB Battery Charging devices for homebuilt aircraft and other vehicles with 12-volt battery systems.

Up until now, however, they had to be tailored to the device to be charged: iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tablet, smart-phone, etc. However, the company’s latest charger can adapt to whatever device is plugged in, according to company officials.

Improper use of flaps by 172 pilot

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Indian Trail, N.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The airplane, which took off from a 2,350-foot runway with tall trees located off the departure end, was loaded with full fuel, the pilot and three passengers. It was about 117 pounds below its maximum gross operating weight at takeoff.

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Ask Paul: The bearer of bad news

Q: I’ve been plagued with engine trouble on my Cherokee 140 for nearly three months now (O-320E2A). It began missing briefly every five seconds or so in-flight. After landing, we pulled the plugs and cleaned them. But it did no good, she still wasn’t happy.

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