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August 2024

What’s inside…

8 Featured Plane   
Cessna 182J  
Reviving a Classic 
By Michelle Adserias   

18 Avionics   
VFR: Equipping the Basics
By Bob Hart 

24 Sky Talk  
Life Expectancy
The Plane Not the Pilot
By Scott “Sky” Smith 

28 Planning the VFR Cross Country Flight
And Doing it Right!   
By Joel Turpin, ATP/CFI-I/FAA Master Pilot    

32 Cross Country Air Racing in a 1965 Piper Cherokee  
By Mary McEnroe 

36 Airplane Cable tensions and Control Surface Rigging 
by Jacqueline Shipe, A&P/IA 

46 Hangar Tip   
SAFE – A Worthy Investment
By Diana Jones 

On the cover: Cody Abner’s 1966 Cessna 182J Skylane. Photos courtesy of Jack Fleetwood (