Aircraft Power and Fuel

Aircraft Power and Fuel

Aircraft Maintenance

Fuel injection systems: You still need to maintain them

If you are flying behind a fuel-injected aircraft engine, it pays to thoroughly understand how it works, how to maintain it, and what typically goes wrong when you encounter a problem.

Mar 25, 2015 | comments

Article

NASA to fly Tecnam twin in research project

A modified Tecnam P2006T twin-engine airplane has been chosen to move NASA's Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology project from ground runs to flight testing.

Mar 23, 2015

Aircraft Maintenance

Aircraft Maintenance: Lonely airplanes, problems that come with them

Airplanes and pets have a lot in common: They like activity. Being left alone for extended periods of time can generate some undesired behaviors in both.

Mar 12, 2015 | comments
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Alternative Fuels

Article

Continental engine certified for avgas, unleaded fuel

Continental Motors announced FAA certification of its IO-360-AF six-cylinder engine that can be operated with 100LL avgas or unleaded 91UL fuel.

Mar 02, 2015

Advocacy

EPA denies petition to change avgas decision

The Environmental Protection Agency has denied the most recent petition from environmental groups that asked the agency to reconsider a 2012 decision not to immediately pursue an endangerment finding for leaded avgas.

Jan 29, 2015 | comments

Article

Top tech of 2014

From laser guns to laser defenses, twisting wings and cameras that capture a propeller in action, 2014 was a busy year on the cutting edge.

Dec 29, 2014 | comments
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Avgas

Advocacy

Illinois bill would lower aviation taxes, support airports

A bill introduced in the Illinois Senate Feb. 18 would expand an aircraft maintenance sales tax exemption, lower taxes on aviation fuel, and dedicate fuel tax revenue to fund airport improvements.

Mar 10, 2015

Article

Continental engine certified for avgas, unleaded fuel

Continental Motors announced FAA certification of its IO-360-AF six-cylinder engine that can be operated with 100LL avgas or unleaded 91UL fuel.

Mar 02, 2015

Article

Fuel sales expected to climb

A majority of the nation's fixed-base operators surveyed by analysts expect to post an increase in fuel sales for 2015.

Feb 05, 2015 | comments
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Diesel

Article

Cochise College orders six RedHawk diesels

Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona, has ordered six RedHawk remanufactured diesel Cessna 172s for its training fleet, RedHawk Aero announced Jan. 20.

Jan 22, 2015

Pilot Magazine

Little diesel, big fuel savings

When Premier Aircraft of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, announced a Jet-A-burning turbocharged Continental 135-horsepower diesel engine for the Cessna 172, the response came as no surprise.

Jan 12, 2015

Article

Diesels on the cusp

After years of waiting, 2015 may prove to be a very important year in the development of compression-ignition (diesel) aircraft engines.

Dec 23, 2014 | comments
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Electric

Article

NASA to fly Tecnam twin in research project

A modified Tecnam P2006T twin-engine airplane has been chosen to move NASA's Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology project from ground runs to flight testing.

Mar 23, 2015

Article

Spartan College makes solar electric trainer deal

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has signed an agreement for 20 delivery positions of a new solar-electric two-seat trainer, the Sun Flyer.

Jan 20, 2015

Article

Daher-Socata spearheads E-Fan project

Daher-Socata has signed a contract with Airbus Group’s VoltAir subsidiary to design, develop, and certify the electrically powered E-Fan 2.0 aircraft.

Dec 15, 2014
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Piston

Article

Aircraft market mixed

A surge in piston airplane sales was among the bright spots in 2014 industry data released Feb. 11.

Feb 11, 2015 | comments

Article

Drop in chopper shipments a concern, analyst says

Analyst Brian Foley says a drop in shipments for helicopters as shown in the General Aviation Manufacturers Association report represents a concern for the future.

Feb 11, 2015 | comments

Pilot Magazine

P&E Ownership

By even the most optimistic estimates, it will take at least two more decades before Jet A becomes a dominant fuel in the U.S. piston aircraft fleet.

Feb 04, 2015
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Propeller

Article

NASA to fly Tecnam twin in research project

A modified Tecnam P2006T twin-engine airplane has been chosen to move NASA's Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology project from ground runs to flight testing.

Mar 23, 2015

Pilot Magazine

Pilot Briefing: Budget Buy

Funky is the best term to describe an Aeronca Champ.

Mar 10, 2015

Article

General aviation, added up

General aviation supports 1.1 million U.S. jobs and generates $219 billion in economic activity, according to a study released Feb. 11.

Feb 11, 2015 | comments
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Single-lever Power Control

Article

Testing of Diamond turboprop in progress

A seven-passenger single-engine turboprop aircraft has taken its first flight in Austria with a certification goal of late 2016.

Jan 22, 2015 | comments

Article

Cochise College orders six RedHawk diesels

Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona, has ordered six RedHawk remanufactured diesel Cessna 172s for its training fleet, RedHawk Aero announced Jan. 20.

Jan 22, 2015

Article

Nextant turboprop has successful test flight

Nextant Aerospace said its G90XT turboprop project was “on schedule for certification” in 2015 after a successful first test flight of the aircraft.

Jan 20, 2015 | comments
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Solar

Article

Solar Impulse launched

Swiss pilot André Borschberg completed the first leg of the Solar Impulse zero-fuel circumnavigation, a nearly 14-hour mission covering about 215 miles (loitering was required).

Mar 09, 2015 | comments

Article

Solar Impulse nears departure

Crews prepared Solar Impulse 2, the gossamer aircraft powered by the sun and designed to inspire, for a hoped-for March 7 departure from Abu Dhabi.

Mar 03, 2015 | comments

Article

Solar Impulse control center opens in Monaco

Solar Impulse II, the upgraded version of an all-electric airplane that toured the United States, is set to circle the globe starting in March.

Feb 10, 2015 | comments
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Turbine

Pilot Magazine

P&E: Ownership

For both buyers and sellers, there are things to know about hiring a broker that can make or break a deal.

Mar 10, 2015

Article

Robinson Helicopter betting on future growth

Prolific helicopter manufacturer Robinson saw lower sales in 2014 on weak global demand, but a new engine deal and some aircraft options indicate a strong future.

Mar 04, 2015

Article

Drop in chopper shipments a concern, analyst says

Analyst Brian Foley says a drop in shipments for helicopters as shown in the General Aviation Manufacturers Association report represents a concern for the future.

Feb 11, 2015 | comments
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