Part 23

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President’s Position: Regulatory delays

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

During most AOPA Town Hall gatherings, I remind participating members that AOPA's founders created our organization in 1939 largely because they feared that a government about to enter a world war just might regulate general aviation out of existence. Nearly 75 years later, our mission is grounded in similar concerns--raised not by the prospect of war but by the growing power of regulatory agencies, many of which operate with increasing autonomy and minimal oversight.

Quick Look: P180 Avanti

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

The P180 Avanti is a very fast (400-knot) and fuel-efficient twin turboprop that was developed by Italy's Piaggio in response to the high oil prices of the 1970s.

East meets West in the Power90

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

The eventual pairing of a capitalist King Air C90 made in the American heartland with engines designed and built behind the Iron Curtain would have been hard to imagine at the time they both were originally designed.

Dogfight: Twin versus single

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

There's a new dog in our fight--welcome former "AOPA Pilot" Technical Editor Pete Bedell, a frequent contributor, airline first officer, and co-owner of a Beech Baron. Let's see how he handles his debate with Senior Editor Dave Hirschman.

Last of the Old vs. First of the New

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

The Cessna 172 learned a lot of new tricks when production resumed in 1996 (for the 1997 model year). But is it all that much better than the less expensive 1986 172P that marked the end of the old production run? The 1997 model year now costs roughly double the cost of a 1986 model. Is it worth it?

Senate joins bid to speed aircraft cert reform

Article | May 30, 2013

Bipartisan action in Congress to revitalize general aviation manufacturing by overhauling aircraft certification requirements has gained momentum.

GA safety focus of high-level talks

Article | May 16, 2013

AOPA and other associations representing general aviation interests met May 13 with the FAA administrator and senior staff to discuss ongoing efforts to improve safety.

Bill would set timeline for aircraft-certification reform

Article | May 09, 2013

Five members of the U.S. House, citing regulations that they say have been overtaken by technology, are seeking to set a year-end 2015 deadline for the FAA to act on recommendations being developed for less costly--and safer--aircraft certification procedures.