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Hummel H5 (10 Things You Need to Know)

Hummel H5 (10 Things You Need to Know)

On the hunt for an aircraft plan or kit that strikes that just right balance of affordability, performance and dependability? The Hummel H5 is a definite must-consider contender. It is brought to us by a small American company committed to providing plans and kits with flexible building options for customers on a modest budget who are looking for a way to get up in the air and enjoy flying.

Does the Complex Plane Requirement Matter? (in 2020)

Does the Complex Plane Requirement Matter? (in 2020)

It used to be that if you wanted to earn your commercial pilot certificate (CPL) with single-engine rating or your certified flight instructor certificate (CFI) with single-engine rating, you had to fly a complex plane for your check ride.

History: The Cessna 170B and Its’ Specifications

History: The Cessna 170B and Its’ Specifications

Imagine you have designed an excellent aircraft. It’s reliable, economical and requires minimal maintenance. Customers love it. There’s just one problem – your plane is a two-place design, and your company doesn’t yet have the strong four-place offering that customers are looking for. What do you do? Simply stretch the design, add two seats, and make a couple of tweaks for weight and balance, right?

20 of the Weirdest Planes Ever to Take Flight

20 of the Weirdest Planes Ever to Take Flight

Most aircraft follow standard design norms and have a predictable configuration. Then you have other aircraft – the kind that look more like a product of Photoshopping than engineering. Some are simply unique, and others are downright weird.

High Wing vs Low Wing: What’s the Difference Between Them?

High Wing vs Low Wing: What’s the Difference Between Them?

You’ve seen the different aircraft configurations and you point out high wing vs low wing aircraft to your non-aviator friends. You may even have taken sides in the perennial high wing vs low wing debate, but how well-versed are you on their key differences? Have you had the privilege of flying both types? Do you ever wonder about the pros and cons of each plus what type of flights they are best suited for?

7 Best Single Pilot Jets Available in 2020

7 Best Single Pilot Jets Available in 2020

Are you in the market for a private or business jet? While you’ve been reviewing your options, you’ve probably noticed that many jets require a two-person crew. Of course, that second pilot increases your operating expenses. Imagine the savings of being free to hire just one pilot rather than two for your travel needs.

Affordable Personal Aircraft to Fit Your Budget (2020 Guide)

Affordable Personal Aircraft to Fit Your Budget (2020 Guide)

While we all wish we had unlimited funds and that price was no factor in our choice of personal aircraft, the reality is that most would-be aircraft owners must stick within a certain budget when choosing their next plane.

Pitot-Static System: How does it work?

Pitot-Static System: How does it work?

The pitot-static system is a pressure-based aircraft system that measures and compares ram air pressure and static pressure. That data is then transmitted to aircraft instruments in the cockpit, giving the pilot information on aircraft altitude, airspeed and vertical speed.

Pivotal Altitude Explained (Everything You Need to Know)

Pivotal Altitude Explained (Everything You Need to Know)

Pivotal altitude is the specific altitude at which, when an airplane turns at a given groundspeed, from the pilot’s point of view, the plane’s wingtip seems to pivot around a single fixed reference point on the ground.

Tailplane Stall: The Aerodynamics & How You Can Recover

Tailplane Stall: The Aerodynamics & How You Can Recover

Usually when we talk about airplane stalls, we are referencing aerodynamic wing stalls. A lesser discussed and potentially more lethal type of aerodynamic stall is a tailplane stall. As a pilot, it’s important to understand the unique situations in play leading up to and during a tailplane stall so that you can successfully prevent, recognize, and recover from these dangerous types of stalls.

Aircraft Brakes: The Ultimate Guide for Airplane Brakes

Aircraft Brakes: The Ultimate Guide for Airplane Brakes

If you’re designing an aircraft that travels at speeds capable of generating sustained flight, it only stands to reason that you would build in some sort of means of stopping said craft when it returns to the ground, right?

Aircraft Fuel System Design: The Breakdown

Aircraft Fuel System Design: The Breakdown

We get it-you're not an aircraft mechanic. Your usual level of involvement with your aircraft’s fuel system may be the cringe you make as you pull out your wallet to finance yet another fill-up. Still, it doesn’t hurt for us to build our knowledge base and improve our ability to do some basic troubleshooting if something goes wrong.

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