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Meet N5636A – a 1956 Cessna 172A.   She was one of the first Cessna 172s to come off of the production lines in Wichita, Kansas.  She’s the 636th Cessna 172 to be produced, to be exact.

Her engine’s a Continental O-300; a six-cylinder, 145hp engine with a pedigree dating back to the late 1940s.  It runs surprisingly smoothly for an engine that’s probably within a few hours of TBO, and has some numbers in the 60’s prominently marked on the cylinders.

Meet N5636A

Meet N5636A

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$100 Hamburger Runs: Enjoyable Excursions for the Aviation Crowd

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For all the aeronautical rookies out there, one of the mandatory pilot benefits you must explore is the joy of partaking in $100 hamburger runs. If the concept is new to you, it’s a rite of passage that general aviation (GA) pilots (and their lucky passengers) across the country engage in with considerable enthusiasm.

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Creating Time, Being Cool, and Turning Problems into Opportunities with a General Aviation Airplane

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There are times when being a general aviation (GA) pilot is about the coolest thing possible. Many a time I’ve become the talk of the town or instantly been perceived as cool by a new acquaintance simply because of the FAA credentials in my pocket. Occasionally, my pilot certificate has landed me invitations to gatherings and events […]

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Memories of Meigs Field: My Visit to a General Aviation Treasure

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Throughout my time as a pilot, 2001 stands out as a truly memorable year. During the spring, I earned my CFI certificate and quickly became busy giving flight instruction. In the fall, I began my final year of college with the promise of an airline internship in the works for the following spring. In short, […]

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China’s Space Plane and our Military Space Program

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Post submitted by Emery Chandler, a member of the U. S. Air Force. Reuters for Yahoo recently reported the development of china’s space plane which has some similarity to our x-37. China started their space program much like Russia- starting out via military ballistic defense and moving forward to counter Americas programs. It appears China […]

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The Day I Was Lost In the Air

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I was a student pilot then and was going through my initial flying training. We were based at an airport that was quite busy, and therefore getting the runway and circuit for training flying was quite a task. We were a batch of six student pilots who had started the training together. The non-availability of […]

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