Category Archives: Aircraft

What Do I Need to Know About Light Aircraft?

Man's passion for flying has been around for ages. It is for this reason that the hobby of flying light aircraft still persists, even when larger, more commercially available airplanes can accommodate the needs of more passengers. [caption id="attachment_964" align="alignleft" width="451"] Our personal quest to reach out and touch the sky is fulfilled by light aircraft. Many plane owners enjoy the freedom and adrenaline that light aircraft flying provides.[/caption] So what exactly is a light aircraft? How light does a plane have to be for it to fall under the category of a "light aircraft"? Light aircraft ...

What Do I Need To Know About Helio Aircraft?

The remaining airworthy Helio aircraft in operation today are as popular as ever. Knisley Welding caters to the aircraft exhaust system for some of these iconic planes.  Helio airplanes have an excellent track record of reliability and performance, having seen action in some of the harshest environments all around the world. Aircraft from the historic Helio production line are widely known for their remarkable longevity, reliability, and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capabilities, which means they don’t need much in the way of runway for taking off and landing. Let’s take a look into the brief history of ...

Piper J3 Cub

The prototype of Piper J3 Cub was built in 1937, and a year later, it was sold on the market until 1947. Meanwhile, this light aircraft has a high rectangular wing, a conventional landing gear, a 40 hp (30 kW) flat-4 piston engine, and a fuselage with a welded steel frame wrapped in fabric.  The monoplane is also equipped with a fixed-pitch propeller and has a lightweight design that makes it ideal for low-speed and short-distance performance. As a result, it is Piper Aircraft's most produced plane, with around 20,000 built in the U.S.  The Cub's popularity has been mainly attributed to its affordability, ...

Self-Flying Cessna Plane Could Be the Future of Cargo Carriers

In February 2021, a self-flying Cessna completed a fully automated gate-to-gate flight at an airport in Concord, California, just outside San Francisco. While there was a pilot inside the utility aircraft, he didn't touch even a single control and only watched over the systems and talked with the air traffic controller.  Start-up company Xwing has retrofitted a Cessna Grand Caravan 208B with a program that allows it to fly autonomously, with a remote operator monitoring the flight and only taking control if needed.  During the flight test, Xwing's control center closely watched critical data, ranging from the plane's altitude, speed, location, ...

Piper PA-18: Overview and Specifications

First introduced in 1949, the Piper PA-18 is a high-wing, two-seater monoplane powered by a Lycoming 150 hp engine. As an improved version of PA-11, it looks like a classic Cub with some minor paint modifications minus the iconic bear logo imprinted on its tail.  Around 8,500 Piper PA-18 were manufactured, with most of them used in military training, private flying, bush flying, and transportation of supplies and people.  In the fifties, the US government used this red and cream monoplane in its uranium exploration program. This small aircraft was the right fit for the job because of its impressive safety record, low- ...

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