Tag Archives: General aviation

GAMI #2 Baffle Cooling Kit


I fly behind an IO-550 Continental engine. Last year I had the GAMI #6 cooling baffle kit installed. This is an aftermarket kit that keeps the front left cylinder cool on climb out, especially on warm days. Temps dropped an … Continue reading

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Rejected Take Off


I was on my take off roll in the A-36 when I saw this indication on my Insight G-2 graphic engine monitor. So I aborted and coasted to the end of the runway and taxied off. The EGT on the … Continue reading

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Mountain Flying Into Asheville, NC


With the cooler mountain weather, it was time for our annual pilgrimage to Western North Carolina. There is nothing prettier than the southern Appalachian mountains in the Fall. Some of my earliest memories are of family visits to Tweetsie Railroad, … Continue reading

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Insight Products Engine Monitor for the Bonanza


In my original Bonanza, I had a GEM 602 engine monitor in the panel. It was a great little unit, but it was developed long before the “lean of peak” engine management era we live in today. It helped me … Continue reading

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Vintage Beechcraft Bonanza Video


Amazing to see these original videos of the classic Beechcraft Bonanza. Even more amazing, all of these aircraft were designed by a group of engineers in Wichita with nothing more than a slide ruler. To this day, there is nothing near as beautiful as an … Continue reading

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ForeFlight Mobile HD Update


ForeFlight 5 is now in the Apple Store, and the latest iteration is a fairly significant upgrade. FF5 shows colored terrain, allows for user adjustable map orientation, indicates obstacles and offers an auto-taxi function. The auto-taxi function is a real time saver. Once … Continue reading

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The NBAA Visits Orlando


In November, The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) held its annual convention in Orlando, Florida. I managed to sneak out of work early on a warm, Thursday afternoon and visited the NBAA flight-line at Orlando Executive Airport, KORL. There were … Continue reading

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Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival – Airport Closed!


After a hectic week, we had planned to fly to Jekyll Island (09J) this weekend and hang out at the Shrimp and Grits Festival. http://www.shrimpandgritsfestival.com/ Jekyll Island is a small island off the southeast coast of Georgia, and is just … Continue reading

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Flying Through Convective Sigmets


Its been hot and humid all week in the Southeast US. Convective Sigmets have been up every day. So, do you just pickle your typical piston single or twin in the summer months, or come up with a plan be able … Continue reading

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Unmanned Drones in Civilian Airspace


The attached article Drones in Civilian Airspace, regarding unmanned drones over Florida is disturbing for many reasons, the civil liberties issue being just one of them. The pilot community is united in its concerns over aviation safety. One potential threat is a … Continue reading

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