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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.  ...

Want to Buy a Used Airplane?–Things to Keep in Mind

Before buying a used aircraft, make sure that you conduct a stringent inspection of the mechanical parts and the plane's aesthetic condition. Also, scrutinize the paperwork, especially the logbook, title, and certifications.  Buyers of used airplanes tend to overlook the supplemental type certificate or STC, which is a document showing ...

Pilot Fell Asleep for 40 Minutes Due to Hypoxia

A small aircraft pilot in Australia fell asleep for around 40 minutes mid-flight due to fatigue, lack of sleep, and mild hypoxia, according to The Guardian report last month.  The air traffic control lost contact when the Cessna aircraft flew over Brisbane and the Gold coast in July 2020, prompting authorities to ...

Corrosion Inspection and Maintenance for Your Aircraft

Like anything made of metal, an aircraft is prone to corrosion that often happens when an alloy reacts with other chemical elements or compounds such as oxygen, hydrogen, and battery acids. Other things that can corrode an airplane include cleaning solutions, dirt, grease, water, and dust.  Certain environments can also ...

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 ...

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