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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 ...

Feasible Ways for the Aviation Industry to Cut Back Emissions

While the aviation carbon emissions only account for about 1.7% of the global greenhouse gas emissions, there is a growing clamor for carbon-neutral flying among consumers, especially the millennials and Gen Z.  In a recent survey released by the McKinsey & Company, about one-third of respondents said they were willing to ...

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 ...

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 ...

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