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by Pete Schoeninger Published in Midwest Flyer – October/November 2017 issue Q: You said an airplane can sometimes land with a little more crosswind on a grass runway than a paved runway. Why? A: On grass runways, especially if wet, … Continue reading

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by Pete Schoeninger Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2017 issue Q: Do pitch changes occur with power changes in an airplane with the engine mounted above the cabin like a Lake Amphibian? A: There are significant pitch changes with … Continue reading

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by Pete Schoeninger Published in Midwest Flyer June/July 2017 issue Q: Last fall, my hangar neighbor sold his airplane, and gave me his 2 horsepower, gas-powered little tug, which moves my airplane in and out of my hangar. I have … Continue reading

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by Pete Schoeninger Published in Midwest Flyer – April/May 2017 Q: I noticed a slight miss in my Archer’s engine and asked my mechanic to check it out. He noted that all of the spark plugs (massive electrode type) have … Continue reading

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by Pete Schoeninger Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2017 issue Q: Pete, I saw a picture of an Ercoupe on skis. I have NEVER seen an Ercoupe on skis, so are skis approved for Ercoupes? A: If you do … Continue reading

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by Pete Schoeninger Published in Midwest Flyer – Dec 2016/Jan 2017 Q: I had the nose strut on my 172 improperly serviced at a distant airport. After servicing, it was obvious to me the nose was way too high. I … Continue reading

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by Pete Schoeninger Published In Midwest Flyer – Oct/Nov 2016 Before I start answering questions, I wanted to take a minute to thank Mark Baker (AOPA) and Jack Pelton (EAA) and their respective staffs and members for keeping the heat … Continue reading

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by Pete Schoeninger Q: My prop (on my Cessna 172L) is marked MTM7653. What do those numbers mean? Could I put a seaplane prop on it for better takeoff performance? A: The first two numbers are diameter in inches. The … Continue reading

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by Pete Schoeninger Q: Why is it that I have 40-gallon fuel tanks in each wing of my Cessna 182 for a total of 80 gallons of fuel, but the manufacturer says that only 75 gallons are useable? Is it … Continue reading

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by Pete Schoeninger Q: I have been thinking of buying a Cessna 185 as an investment and just storing it for 10-15 years thinking they are out of production, and are a popular airplane in the “outback,” and therefore could … Continue reading

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