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Certification of Diamond turboprop in progress

Article | Jan 22, 2015

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

Route set for Solar Impulse 2 round-the-world flight

Article | Jan 22, 2015

Twelve years of study, research, design, and testing will culminate in late February or early March when Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) launches on a solar-powered attempt to circumnavigate the world.

Nextant turboprop has successful test flight

Article | Jan 20, 2015

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

Spartan College makes solar electric trainer deal

Article | Jan 20, 2015

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.

Exhausting maintenance: Performance improvements

Article | Jan 20, 2015

Exhaust system design is critical to the ultimate power output of an aircraft engine. Regardless of improvements to induction air flow, compression, cylinder porting, or combustion timing, a poorly designed exhaust system will always limit the power that your engine can deliver.

Fuel starts to tumble

Article | Jan 14, 2015

Analysts say the price of avgas may be cut by nearly half in the coming months; the decline has already begun.

Little diesel, big fuel savings

Pilot Magazine | Jan 12, 2015

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.

P&E Frugal Flier

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

I recently had the pleasure of changing the spark plugs in the Lycoming O-320 that powers my Experimental Van’s Aircraft RV–4, and, for a change, it really was a pleasure.

Pilot Briefing: 2015 Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

The “Reimagined” AOPA 2015 Sweepstakes 152 was built on an overly optimistic forecast.

The ultimate King Air

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

When most general aviation pilots think of the biggest King Air, they’re most apt to name the King Air 350i.

10 jet pilot errors

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

After thousands of hours of instruction given to new jet pilots, certain patterns in errors and knowledge gaps become apparent.

Quick Look: Piper Cheyenne 400LS

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

Piper’s Cheyenne 400LS is one of those rare airplanes that has few compromises.

P&E Airframe & Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

Waiting for an oil-analysis report is a bit like waiting for test results from your doctor.

The wrong question

Pilot Magazine | Jan 08, 2015

Kahneman posits that our mind is organized into a fast-thinking (intuitive, reflexive) part and a slower-thinking (logical or “think it over”) part.

Bonanza Society announces free courses for members

Article | Jan 07, 2015

In an effort to remove obstacles to pilot participation in potentially lifesaving training, the American Bonanza Society will make its online Beechcraft Pilot Proficiency Program available to members free of charge.

Top tech of 2014

Article | Dec 29, 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.

Diesels on the cusp

Article | Dec 23, 2014

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

Exhausting maintenance

Aircraft Maintenance | Dec 23, 2014

Exhaust systems are one of the few systems in our aircraft where a single point of failure can be catastrophic. Here are tips for inspecting the system for safety during every preflight. This is one area in which catching an issue on the ground can make all the difference in the world.

Hartzell among inductees in National Aviation Hall of Fame

Article | Dec 18, 2014

Propeller pioneer Robert Hartzell is among four people who will be inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2015.

Sporty's unveils Cessna 172LITE project

Article | Dec 18, 2014

A refurbished Cessna 172N that will offer more cost-effective flight training is at the heart of the Cessna 172LITE project, announced Dec. 17 by Sporty’s.

Daher-Socata spearheads E-Fan project

Article | Dec 15, 2014

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.

California Prop 65 avgas lawsuit settled

Article | Dec 15, 2014

The Center for Environmental Health, an Oakland, California-based nonprofit, has settled a 2011 lawsuit it brought against numerous aviation fuel suppliers in the state, the group announced Dec. 12.

Lockheed T–33 shooting star: Taming the T-Bird

Pilot Magazine | Dec 09, 2014

America’s first operational jet fighter was the Lockheed P–80 Shooting Star, which first flew in 1944.