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Five ways to not get cancer

Members only | Aug 12, 2013

Over the past few decades great strides have been made in finding ever more successful treatments for many types of malignant disease, but Ben Franklin's weighty quotation "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is on target.

EAA hints at AirVenture 2014

Article | Aug 07, 2013

After closing out EAA AirVenture 2013 with about 500,000 attendees, the association revealed what it has its sights set on for 2014: remembering the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I and celebrating the seventy-fifth anniversary of the jet engine.

President’s Position: Your AOPA Summit

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

During the course of the year, AOPA creates and participates in gatherings across the country where we interact with our members, share flying stories, and talk about the issues that affect our general aviation community. There is one gathering that, for us, represents the pinnacle of our annual outreach activity—the AOPA Aviation Summit.

Glasair highlights diesel project, teen builders

Article | Aug 01, 2013

Kitplane company Glasair Aviation said at EAA AirVenture that it is moving forward with DeltaHawk Diesel Engines on a diesel engine installation for the Sportsman.

Mentor Matters Jet landing distance calculations

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Examining light jet accident statistics, it’s immediately clear that pilots going off the end of the runway are responsible for a lion’s share of bent metal. When considering how manufacturers derive the performance information that tells a pilot how much landing runway is needed, this fact becomes more understandable.

Not your father's airplane

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Forget everything you know about operating an airplane. Forget about engine management, rough takeoffs and landings, inherent safety risks, and twin-engine operations—oh, and half of the performance charts. The swashbuckling image of the pilot barely surviving as he wrestles the airplane to the ground is gone.

Will we all be flying diesels?

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Does the rise of the Jet A-burning diesel aircraft engine signal an evolution or a revolution for today’s avgas-powered airplanes? Neither, according to a series of interviews with diesel-engine manufacturers and experts.

Ownership: You are not alone

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Buying piston aircraft by the slice remains a boutique option available in a limited number of locations, although that may change with new players jumping into the market. Some are downright evangelical about leveraging the buying power of many pilots to refresh an aging general aviation fleet with brand-new aircraft, or expanding—dramatically—access to aircraft at the lowest possible cost.

Lycoming in pursuit of unleaded options

Article | Jul 31, 2013

Lycoming CEO Michael Kraft said the long-debated transition to unleaded general aviation fuel will ultimately benefit the industry, owners, and pilots.

SMA introduces beefy diesel

Article | Jul 30, 2013

Société de Motorisations Aéronautiques (SMA) introduced a 330- to 400-horsepower diesel-cycle engine at EAA AirVenture 2013 that is expected to be certified in 2015.

Sonex accepting deposits for personal jet

Article | Jul 28, 2013

For the price of a new light sport aircraft, you could build your own single-seat jet, and Sonex Aircraft is ready to take your deposit on a kit.

China buys Thielert diesel engine company out of bankruptcy

Article | Jul 23, 2013

The same Chinese investor, AVIC, that owns Continental Motors has purchased Thielert out of bankruptcy, suddenly creating a complete diesel line.

Catalina airshow returns backed by Scheyden

Article | Jul 12, 2013

After thrilling audiences with a water-powered jet pack, DC-3, Grumman Albatross, and more in 2012, the Catalina Air Show and Festival appeared to be a one-time event--until Scheyden Precision Eyewear stepped in to sponsor the show for its second year.

Fly like a fighter: Loop recovery

Article | Jul 08, 2013

After entering a loop on his second Air Force solo flight, a student waits, and waits, for the horizon to come around. Instead the jet trainer's airspeed drops to nil in a vertical climb. The recovery is a lesson all pilots can apply to their everyday flying.

Jet fuel excise tax increase halted in Pennsylvania

Article | Jul 03, 2013

A move to increase the Pennsylvania excise tax on jet fuel failed in the waning hours of the legislative session.

Propulsion: Where Do We Go From Here?

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

While general aviation faces numerous challenges, arguably none is bigger than the future of our powerplants. Today, most of us fly behind, next to, or in front of engines designed 70 or more years ago.

Two weeks to triumph

Article | Jun 19, 2013

Eight teenagers got down to business on their first day of a two-week odyssey in which they will help to build two Glasair kit airplanes.

FAA approves longer service life for Eclipse Jets

Article | Jun 06, 2013

A sophisticated welding process used to build Eclipse twin jets extends the airframe life, and the FAA has now approved longer limits.

Weigh these weight-and-balance apps for yourself

Article | Jun 06, 2013

AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benet J. Wilson's last column on weight-and-balance apps turned out to be one of the most popular with members. She received more than a dozen recommendations from members. So this week, she takes a look at another five.

Used aircraft values still dropping

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Cars depreciate dramatically as they are driven off the dealer's lot and house values drop with the economy, but aircraft historically have not only kept their value, they sometimes exceeded it.

Mentor Matters: Expanded circling protection in effect

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

For years, circling approaches in the United States have been more difficult to execute while providing less safety margin, relative to those in most of the rest of the world. After years of deliberation, the FAA is finally bringing some needed changes to the protection afforded to circling aircraft.