As calmly as I could, I turned on the fuel pump, then, feigning a casual motion, reached down and switched to a tank with some fuel in it. I turned to mom and Bob in the back seat, summoned what I hoped would be a reassuring smile and said, “Sorry about that. It’s no big problem. I just ran a tank dry. The engine will pick up in a few seconds.”Read More
Author: Bill Cox
Mention the word “abort” to a pilot, and you’ll immediately summon visions of every pilot’s nightmare — an engine failure on takeoff. The airlines have rigid rules for handling that problem; general aviation should have the same rules, but it usually doesn’tRead More
A Piper pilot’s aircraft problems are only beginning when the en¬gine fails, and the consequences of mismanaging the emergency landing can be considerably more severe. For that reason, and engine reliability is one of the pri¬mary concerns of many aviators. TBO can be a major consideration when operating an aircraft, but an equal¬ly important measure of an engine’s ability to continue running in adverse conditions is how many times it has to visit the shop between overhauIs.
The Lycoming O-320 and O-360 series aircraft engines are almost universally regarded as perhaps the most bulletproof of powerplants.
Senior contributor Bill Cox made his first international trip in 1977, flying a new Piper...Read More
They’re the words every instrument pilot dreads: “Cleared for the back-course approach.” Yes, I...Read More
P-51 Thunder Mustang. Photo by Chris Leipelt The sound is unmistakable. Today, I’d recognize that...Read More
Later this year, JP Media LLC will publish a book by longtime pilot and writer Bill Cox entitled “My Sky: The Flights & Times of Bill Cox.” It will detail his lifelong travels as a pilot, in the beautifully scripted way in which only Bill can write. This is Chapter 1.Read More
Any Piper Seneca is a flexible, talented machine, simple to fly and fairly easy on maintenance (compared to other twins). Add to that good short field performance, quick cruise, and enough creature com¬fort for most normal-sized creatures and you have all the ingredients that have kept Piper’s tough little Sen¬eca in production for a surprising 49 years.Read More
When Piper PA-31 Navajo was created in the late ’60s, the original concept was to launch a new family of Pipers. The new model was a combi¬nation corporate/freight airplane intended to serve the heavy-haul twin market. The straight Piper Navajo was introduced in 1967, a founda¬tional model available in both 300-hp normally aspirated and 310-hp turbocharged versions. The Piper Chieftain came next in 1973, a stretched, heavy hauler that was to be¬come the top of the line with a pair of 350-hp engines. In 1975, Piper began offering an in-between model, the Piper Na¬vajo CR (counter-rotating), with mirror image engines in 325-hp trim.Read More
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