Category Archives: PA-46 Airframe systems

Firewall backward for the Piper M-series airplanes

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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Windshield Heat Damage

The PA-46 windshield has received lots of justifiable negative press lately.  It’s super-expensive to replace ($35k+ installed) and many in the fleet have been failing more than most think they should.   Most of the time the damage is slow, over … Continue reading

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