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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.

HondaJet CEO confident in light jet market

Article | May 22, 2013

While challenged by engine flight test problems and a struggling economy, the president and CEO of Honda Aircraft remains optimistic that his light jet will be the right airplane at the right time.

Pilatus unveils PC-24

Article | May 21, 2013

Calling it a "super versatile jet," Pilatus on May 21 introduced its new, $8.9 million PC-24 twinjet at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exposition in Geneva.

New Diamond twin makes first North American touchdown

Article | May 21, 2013

The first North American delivery of a Diamond DA42-VI occurred May 7.

Boeing puts BBJ 3 on display at EBACE

Article | May 20, 2013

A Boeing 737-900ER customized for opulent private travel and dubbed the Boeing Business Jet 3 was displayed for the first time in Geneva.

GAMA reports increase in aircraft shipments

Article | May 14, 2013

Makers of general aviation aircraft logged a nearly $1 billion increase in billing for the first three months of the year, a 32-percent increase in total billing over the first quarter of 2012.

Hypersonic flight test a success

Article | May 07, 2013

A scramjet burning jet fuel pushed a Boeing-made missile dubbed the X-51A Waverider into the hypersonic realm in a May 1 test flight.

NASA project provides critical tool for water management

Article | May 06, 2013

A Twin Otter packed with sensors has begun a three-year quest to measure mountain snowpack with unprecedented precision.

'Game-changing' GA tax bill inked in Indy

Article | Apr 26, 2013

In Indiana, pilots might be surprised when they get their fuel bill--surprised at how low it is.

Useful FBO apps

Article | Apr 19, 2013

When flying to an unfamiliar airport, it’s always helpful to see what services are available at the facility’s FBO. Apps allow users to access information about FBOs around the world.

Cessna to pause entry-level jet lines

Article | Apr 17, 2013

Cessna Aircraft Co. will pause its entry-level jet production lines to await a stronger demand, a move that has caused parent company Textron to reduce its forecast for earnings per share in 2013.