Getting started — Make your first aircraft choice the right one

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

The single most consistent mistake I see first-time owners make is that they buy too much airplane. Learning about airplane buying should be like learning about airplane flying. For example, let’s say you know that your goal is to be... Continue Reading →

Just for fun

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I suspect that most of our readers, like me, took flying lessons after the first couple of try-out flights because it was just plain fun. Who can forget the first solo, first long cross-country, private pilot check ride, and first... Continue Reading →

Helicopter Training – Texas Style

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Ask someone what comes to mind when the state of Texas is mentioned and the answers will surely be varied: Cowboys (both real and football players), Dallas (both the city and former TV show), the Alamo, cattle, oil, you choose. Continue Reading →

Bird bath

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One of the pluses of owning your own aircraft is you have the opportunity to really get to know the machine, its characteristics, and its quirks. The operative word here is “opportunity.” Just because you own the aircraft doesn’t automatically... Continue Reading →

AOPA is Well worth those dues — In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, AOPA staff showed they are there to help GA survive and thrive

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I joined the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) in 1973. I had just received my flight instructor’s certificate and the solicitation came in the mail. What caught my interest was that, with my paid new membership, I would receive... Continue Reading →

One Man’s Treasure

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The final part of my series on upgrading the avionics in my Cardinal RG is elsewhere in this issue. For as many aircraft as I have owned over the past 27 years, this was my first experience in a complete... Continue Reading →

Aircraft shopper 101: The top 25 questions you should ask

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When looking to buy a used airplane, the usual route is to scan trade papers, magazines, classifieds, etc., for the initial search. Continue Reading →

Radio Flyer, Part 2 — The search for the right avionics package continues

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This is the second in a three-part series describing the problem with the writer’s currrent avionics package, the solution and his experience flying with the new avionics choices he made. – Editor. Continue Reading →

Radio Flyer, Part 3: It’s in the plane, but how do I really use it?

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In the past two issues, I have covered the decision process leading to selection and installation of the UPSAT Apollo Full IFR system in my airplane. My installation includes the GX60 IFR GPS/COM and dedicated indicator and associated annunciator panel,... Continue Reading →

Not just for the big boys

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The twin-turbine Bell 412 helicopter I fly for Baptist Hospital in North Carolina sucks a lot of Jet-A. This is why when we land at FBOs, the line crews have big smiles. Continue Reading →