Category Archives: PA-46 Airframe systems

Firewall backward for the Piper M-series airplanes

An Existential Threat…

One of my good customers, Dave Boyle, had an unusual occurrence recently, and I thought it might help the PA46 community to understand the situation.  Dave is an excellent pilot, is the self-assigned “maintenance manager” in the 3-person partnership that … Continue reading

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SL 1204 and the PA46 Windshield

You know the old joke…”What’s the landing light used for in a single-engine airplane with an engine failure at night?”  Answer: “You turn it on when you near the ground…if you don’t like what you see, turn it off!”  A … Continue reading

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GarKenyon vs. Parker-Hannifin Hydraulics

I get lots of questions about the differences in the two hydraulic systems on the early Continental-powered Malibu’s, so it seems logical for me to leap into the gap and provide my thoughts in writing.  I fly both versions regularly … Continue reading

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Jetprop Heat Exchanger Bypass System

After recently delivering a Mirage to be converted, I toured the Jetprop factory at Rocket Engineering in Spokane, WA.  It’s a really cool place where a lot of aviation magic occurs, so take the tour if you are ever close … Continue reading

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Depressurization in the Flight Levels in a PA-46

You are flying along in the Flight Levels enjoying the cool, smooth air, when all of the sudden a loud report (bang) shakes the peace, the cabin altitude increases uncontrollably, and the temperature plummets.  Additionally, you find yourself breathing deeply…very … Continue reading

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