Category Archives: PA-46 Airframe systems

Firewall backward for the Piper M-series airplanes

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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Circuit Breaker Collars

Here’s a super idea that was presented to me by Tim (anonymous) to cheaply and accurately identify important circuit breakers in your PA-46.  Certain circuit breakers need identification since they are the ones that are critical to flight. Here’s a … Continue reading

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Windshield Heat…required?

Are you one of those guys that thinks windshield heat is not an “airworthy item” on a PA-46?  I’m in agreement that 99.9% of the time the windshield heat is not needed, but when that 0.01% flight happens, you want … Continue reading

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Under-Wing skin cracks on a PA-46

I recently spent some time at Midwest Malibu, a premier maintenance facility in Hutchinson, KS and had a good conversation with the owner, Tony.  When I get to hang around the top-knotch facilities of the PA-46 community (like Midwest Malibu), I … Continue reading

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Windshield Heat and the PA-46

I’ve been a part of many prebuy inspections on PA-46 aircraft lately, and it seems that the Windshield Heat is the elephant in the room during the prebuy. If the windshield heat does not work properly, then someone gets to … Continue reading

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