Casey Aviation Founder/Chief Pilot/DPE/CPIIMHG/ATP

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 time, with sagging amp draws over the years.  But, there is sure-fire way to damage…

Aerox Oxygen for Pilots

John Mariani bird-dogged this Oxygen system to me.  I think it’s really good and perfect for the PA-46.  I’m not a fan of the under-seat oxygen generators found in most PA-46’s, and this is a perfect replacement. I state in the video that Sporty’s has this system, but they do not as of this writing.…

Piper Factory Tour

Tom and I arrived for M-Class VRB 2015 earlier than needed, so we did what any other “drinking the Koolaid” aviator would do…we went to the airport to hang out and see what sort of aviation excitement we could drum up.  Fortunately, we picked the right day for our adventure since Thursdays are one of…

Turbine-stupid

When PA-46 piston drivers asks me about the operational costs of a turbine PA-46, I tell them the cost associated with a turbine on a comparative-trip-basis are very similar to operating a piston.  But, I always include one caveat…turbines are cheap to operate as long as the pilot doesn’t do stupid things.  Stupid in a…

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 few that I’d label in a PA-46: HYD PUMP: If you have a landing gear…

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 usually go into “receive mode”, trying to learn as much as possible.  He had a…