Four Forces of Flight from NASA’s Archives

    By Richard Zephro

    Did you know that when asked, many pilots cannot name all four forces affecting flight, so let us review the basics.

    The way an airplane flies may seem magical. How can something so big and so heavy fly? Several forces act on an airplane. A force is a push or a pull on something. You use force when you throw a ball, pull a wagon, or walk. When you walk, you push backward on the floor, and the resistance from the floor pushes you forward. Forces always work in pairs, on different bodies, in opposite directions, and at the same time.…

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    Painting

    Touch-up Paint

    Airplanes are like land. We really don’t own them, we buy the rights to use them for a bit. Flying and ownership are one of the highest privileges and expressions of freedom there is, so why not take care of your airplane? They are made to last practically forever– with the right kinds of maintenance and care. As such, rarely does the human outlast the airplane!

    As sad a state of affairs as it is, many people buy airplanes because of its “lipstick” or paint job. A good looking plane is great, but like good looking women, it really boils down to what’s inside of that beautiful package.…

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    Low Flying Over Grand Canyon

    By Shane Ellison

    Epic flight over Grand Canyon into Page, AZ.

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    Summer 2011 Over Lake Powell With My Wife

    By Shane Ellison

    Filmed this epic video while over Lake Powell with my wife. We were flying out of Montrose, CO to Las Vegas, NV to celebrate our 11th anniversary. As we climbed out of Montrose at 2pm, the heat bumps started pushing us around pretty hard. I decided to climb to 12,500ft to find smooth air but was disappointed. Not only was it bumpy, but windy too. Combined, turbulence, crab and lack of oxygen was making us dizzy and grumpy as hell. Plus, my lips felt like they were going to pop. (We live at sea level so I guess we needed more time to adjust.) I dropped to 8,500 and was greeted by the smooth, cool air of the lake.…

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    Airframe Concerns

    By Richard Zephro

    Most Mooney’s have had the 208 S.B.’s done, but there are a few out there that haven’t. Currently, we are readying a nice M20-F model for the market which has not had the insulation change as yet. We are going to do this, but after taking the interior all apart for new leather, we determined the tubes to be in excellent condition in and out. It will get the new style insulation before putting it back together.

    Seemingly, pre-201 Mooney’s don’t get the corrosion as much since Mooney changed the way they installed the side glass. On the earlier models, the glass was held in by screws about every 1-1/2″, so water was not as likely to enter the tubes as when they switch to pressure plates to hold the glass in.…

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