Category Archives: Guides

Common Aircraft Exhaust Problems and How to Fix Them

Unlike car exhaust systems, whose only purpose is to reduce noise and take gases away from the engine, aircraft exhaust has more complicated functions such as supplying cabin and carburetor heat.  Because the aircraft exhaust systems (stacks and muffler) are exposed to extreme conditions and temperatures, they require regular exhaust maintenance. The goal is to detect minute cracks and leaks, which can cause further damage and even risk of carbon monoxide poisoning to the occupants if left unchecked.  A word of caution: Owners can perform some of the basic “visual inspections” but should not in any way conduct their own ...

How Important is Your First Airplane?

After passing your first 100 hours of flying within a year, you might want to ask this question to yourself: Am I ready for my first plane?  Aside from passing 100 hours of flying, another rule of thumb when buying your first plane is that you must be prepared for the responsibilities that come with it, such as regular training and certifications, inspection and maintenance of the aircraft, and above all, financial obligations that include repairs, fuel cost, insurance, storage fees, to name a few.    Private Pilot Planes and Trainers  George C. Larson, former editor of Air & Space and licensed ...

9 Things Every Pilot Should Have During Flight

Every time you take your plane to the skies, you must always be prepared. As a pilot, there are some equipment and documents that you must bring with you each time you take off. Whether you’re a veteran or a new student pilot, these essentials will always come in handy. Now, pick up your favorite flight bag and make sure that you have all the things we have on this list!   Here are the top ten essentials for every pilot:   Pilot’s license, ID, and medical certificate Let’s get the necessities out of the way first. ...

What Do I Need to Consider When Buying My Own Plane?

You’ve probably thought about buying your own airplane at some point in your life. Owning a plane is a great luxury to have since you’ll be able to go anywhere you want, whenever you want without the hassle of traffic or the limits of highways. It’s also quite the status symbol since planes don’t really come cheap. If you’re considering purchasing your own plane, you need to be ready to pay not just for the initial costs but also for the running costs post-purchase. Buying a plane is a major financial decision. Before you go ...

VFR vs IFR: What’s The Difference?

If you plan to fly an aircraft, you need to be familiar with sets of rules. These are the VFR, or visual flight rules, and the IFR, or instrument flight rules. Understanding the difference between the sets can make your job as a pilot easier, especially in determining which set of rules to follow for a particular flight. Here are a few things every aspiring pilot needs to know about each set of rules: Visual Flight Rules Visual Flight Rules are generally used by a pilot when flying an aircraft under weather conditions that meet minimum requirements. These requirements are ...

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