Archives: Ask Pete

Aircraft Values & What Affects Them

by Pete Schoeninger Copyright 2021. All rights reserved! Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine June/July 2021 Online Issue Q: I have heard there has been a big jump in values of some Cessna 172 Skyhawks. Can you verify? A: You are … Continue reading

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Knowing When Not To Be A Penny-Pincher!

by Pete Schoeninger Copyright 2021. All rights reserved! Published online Midwest Flyer Magazine – February/March 2021 Q: I approached my local flight instructor about getting a tailwheel endorsement. He said he would give me necessary dual in his Citabria, but … Continue reading

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The Sun Shines Bright On Runway 27

by Pete Schoeninger Copyright 2020. All rights reserved! Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine (online) – December 2020/January 2021 Q: Why do airport engineers layout a runway to align perfectly with a setting sun? Recently (September 15th) I was landing at … Continue reading

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Each Best Speed For Your Airplane Serves A Purpose

by Pete Schoeninger Published in Midwest Flyer – October/November 2020 issue Q. Could you explain “best loiter speed” and how I can find it for my airplane? Also, where would I find information on “best power-off glide speed?” A. Best … Continue reading

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Restore Or Update Or None of the Above?

by Pete Schoeninger Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2020 issue Q: What do you hear about current airplane sale market conditions? A: Airplane salesmen I know tell me that for three weeks or so, the market just froze in … Continue reading

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Ways To Beat The High Cost of Replacement Parts & Avoid Mistakes In Buying A Used Airplane

by Pete Schoeninger Published in Midwest Flyer – June/July 2020 issue Q: What changes have you seen in the used airplane market since the Coronavirus Pandemic hit the U.S? A: As I write this (mid-April 2020), it is too early … Continue reading

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Factors To Consider When Shopping For A Used Airplane

by Pete Schoeninger Published in Midwest Flyer – April/May 2020 issue Q: I need help deciding which of two Bonanzas to buy. Two friends are going to sell their 1980 and 1981 F33A Bonanzas and pool their resources to buy … Continue reading

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When To Pickle My Engine & Am I In A Pickle Without ADS-B?

by Pete Schoeninger Published In Midwest Flyer – February/March 2020 issue Q: How often and how long should I I fly my Beech Sport (150 hp Lycoming engine) in the winter before considering engine preservative action? A: Lycoming S/L L180B … Continue reading

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PLBs & Satellite Messengers – Are They Worth Buying?

by Pete Schoeninger Published in Midwest Flyer – December 2019/January 2020 issue Q: My friend, a medical doctor, strongly urges me to carry a personal locator beacon (PLB) or satellite messenger – even when flying day VFR – in the … Continue reading

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How To Avoid Prop Damage On A Gravel Airstrip & What To Do If You Are Missing An Airframe Maintenance Logbook

by Pete Schoeninger Published in Midwest Flyer – October/November 2019 Issue Q: What trends do you see in used airplane values? A: As I see it, I think the market is fairly strong, led by airplanes commonly used for training, … Continue reading

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