"Then he said that
the annual would get off to a good start if you brought the airplane in with
minimum fuel in the tanks. When you asked why, he said that there was a
recurring airworthiness directive (AD) calling for inspection of the fuel
bladders. So begins the education of a new airplane owner." That First Annual, AOPA Pilot September 2004
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I spent my 20s and 30s chasing aviation adventures. I reworked a C-140 that had flipped on landing, installed high lift kits on Cessna 400 series aircraft and learned to fly, My real love was working on DC-3s, which I did in Renton, Washington, Laredo, Texas and Soldotna, Alaska.
I've worked as a flight deck final checker on aircraft carriers, been Director of Maintenance for more than one outfit and owned a small aircraft maintenance shop in Alaska
In 1992, after moving back to California and while working for the Cessna Pilots Association, I started writing articles for the association magazine. In 2000 the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) hired me as an associate editor. AOPA published over 175 of my articles covering topics ranging from personality profiles to destination pieces to maintenance-related how-to articles for aircraft owners
I My broad spectrum aviation experience is the basis of my writing viewpoint
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Steven Ells, owner of Ells Aviation is also an accomplished photographer who has provided photographic images that have been printed the Cessna Pilots Association (CPA) members magazine and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Pilot magazine.
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