This beautifully restored Cessna T-34 Mentor trained many new military pilots in its day. It was resting its wings for the night, having just arrived at sunset at Carolina Avionics & Aircraft Interiors in Salisbury, North Carolina (KRUQ), where it will have new ADS-B Out and autopilot equipment installed, according to Warren Ludlam with the company. [Read more…]
Lightspeed Aviation loaned our Air Racer in Residence, William E. Dubois, two pairs of its new wireless Tango headsets for a two-month, multi-race no-strings-attached field trial.
Here’s his report on what it’s really like to use this first-of-its-kind wireless headset system in the cockpit:
Something’s wrong with my engine. The tach is strong. Oil pressure good. The airspeed is coming up nicely as we barrel down the runway. But the engine doesn’t sound healthy. Instead of the throaty roar I’m used to, my engine sounds like a frickin’ weed whacker. My fingers dance on the throttle as I debate aborting the takeoff. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that he executed a normal approach for landing at the airport in Chicago.
During the approach, he lowered the Piper PA-31’s landing gear and verified the extended position by checking the landing gear position indicators in the cockpit.
Upon touchdown on the runway, the nose landing gear collapsed, and then the right main landing gear collapsed. [Read more…]
Q: Are there any practical, appropriate and compliant modifications that can be made to a 150-hp, narrow-deck O-320? For example, can the compression ratio be tweaked a bit, or are there aftermarket exhaust systems with less back pressure, or is there any porting/polishing possible to effect a tad more power to the propeller? [Read more…]