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Cirrus announces leadership shift, Vision on track

Article | Mar 12, 2013

Cirrus Aircraft co-founder and CEO Dale Klapmeier remains chief executive after handing over the title of president. His new mission is more tightly focused on new products.

Flying club's Cessna 182 makes biofuel flight

Article | Mar 07, 2013

Kill Devil Hills, N.C., was the site of another aviation milestone March 2 when a Cessna 182 retrofitted with a SMA diesel engine landed at First Flight Airport (KFFA). Pilots say it is the first flight powered by cooking-oil-based SkyNRG biofuel in a piston engine, and the first biofuel flight for an SMA diesel-cycle engine.

Analyst forecast sees bright future for rotorcraft

Article | Feb 26, 2013

Because civil and military rotorcraft markets often run counter-cyclical to one another, it makes for a more stable sales environment for helicopters, with military frequently compensating for any civil slack and vice versa.

Diamond Aircraft lays off most of staff

Article | Feb 26, 2013

Diamond Aircraft on Feb. 25 announced that it had laid off most of its staff, saying it needs several weeks to restructure. Work on the company's costly prize project, the D-Jet, has been suspended.

Supersonic bizjet wing enters new test phase

Article | Feb 21, 2013

Aerion Corp. is moving closer to realizing the dream of a supersonic business jet.

Beechcraft emerges from bankruptcy, minus Hawker

Article | Feb 19, 2013

Beechcraft Corp. opened a new chapter in its history with a Feb. 19 announcement that the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process is complete.

Aircraft diesel engine passes testing milestone

Article | Feb 13, 2013

Engineered Propulsion Systems of New Richmond, Wis., announced passing an important technical milestone in its program to bring a diesel engine to market in the general aviation and military unmanned aircraft systems sectors.

Aeronautical milestones compete for Collier Trophy

Article | Feb 05, 2013

Seven projects and teams that advanced aviation and aerospace during 2012 are in the running to receive the National Aeronautic Association’s Robert J. Collier Trophy when a new recipient is selected March 11.

Wyoming town may further develop 'Intergalactic Spaceport'

Advocacy | Jan 17, 2013

Officials in Green River, Wyo., are studying Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport and its potential to boost the local economy.

Nextant Aerospace names new president

Article | Jan 16, 2013

New Nextant Aerospace President Sean McGeough will use his experience as a Hawker Beechcraft executive to make the aircraft remanufacturer a player in the business jet market.

Event Spotlight

Article | Jan 14, 2013

Wisconsin Aviation's conference room turned into a private dining room as members from the Capital City Flyers and Leading Edge Flying Club share flying stories over breakfast.

A memorable year

Article | Dec 27, 2012

A jump from the edge of space, a tribute to the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, an up-close look at the world's smallest jet--to name three of the stories we brought you in 2012.

Gulfstream marks G650 milestones

Article | Dec 27, 2012

The first Gulfstream G650 has been delivered, and the company has also landed an FAA production certificate for the ultra-long-range jet.

Industry analysts offer predictions for 2013

Article | Dec 27, 2012

The general aviation industry saw its highs and lows in 2012, including the defeat of user fees (again), the third class medical petition, a slow recovery for aircraft sales, and new products. Industry analysts weighed in on what they thought would be the big issues facing GA in 2013.

A look back at GA travels around the world

Article | Dec 20, 2012

In 2012, AOPA staff traveled the world to offer advice to budding aviation communities, report on emerging technology, and step into the shoes of pilots who fly over different topography and in a foreign regulatory landscape.

Fly like a fighter: ‘To pee or not to pee’

Fly like a fighter | Dec 17, 2012

The use of “piddle packs” in the cockpit has led to some entertaining mishaps in the F-16. In general aviation, it might just drive your passengers away.

Business aircraft activity down in November

Article | Dec 17, 2012

A “robust” October 2012 for business aircraft activity was followed by a 6.3-percent decrease in November, said specialized aviation services company Argus International.

10 aircraft milestones from 2012

Article | Dec 17, 2012

A flying car flew, a storied aircraft went diesel, and manufacturers in Austria and Brazil celebrated first flights of new airplanes: A number of milestones distinguished 2012 for general aviation as manufacturers strove to bring new products to market.

Fly like a fighter: Dogfight's line-of-sight secret

Fly like a fighter | Dec 06, 2012

With a thrust-to-weight ratio greater than 1:1, the F-15 performs amazingly in a dogfight. But there are some secrets the pilot needs to take to come out of the dogfight safely.

Weight & Balance apps

Article | Dec 04, 2012

This week AOPA takes a look at apps that help with weight and balance. Those who submitted the apps below felt very strongly about their effectiveness.