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Diamond diesel twin gets name change

Article | Jun 04, 2014

Austria-based Diamond Aircraft has renamed the DA52 jet-fuel-powered piston twin to DA62, the company announced June 4.

Rutan flies new diesel

Article | May 15, 2014

Dick Rutan powered up the new Graflight V-8 diesel on May 5 and flew a mission with potential to change the paradigm.

Diesel Archer approved in Europe

Article | Apr 09, 2014

Piper and Continental have teamed to produce a diesel-powered Archer designed for the international flight training market. The first Archer DX has been flying in Germany since February.

Hartzell prop approved for diesel Skyhawk

Article | Mar 13, 2014

The FAA has granted Hartzell Propeller a supplemental type certificate that permits installation of a Bantam series three-blade propeller on diesel-powered Cessna 172s.

Diesel-upgrade program launched for Cessna 172

Article | Feb 24, 2014

A Cessna 172 diesel-engine upgrade program, and advanced avionics, are seen adding efficiency, safety, and value to the aircraft.

Cessna wins approval for Sovereign+, M2

Article | Dec 23, 2013

Cessna Aircraft's bottom line is expected to improve in the first quarter of 2014 with approval for both the Sovereign+ and the M2 business jets.

Never Again: Scud running

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

The year was 1949. I was a young Air Force aviation cadet with a little more than 200 flying hours, all of which had been in the North American T–6 aircraft.

Airframe: Seeing red

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

The Cessna Skycatcher has “no future,” says Cessna CEO Scott Ernest. A new Skyhawk costs more than $400,000.

HondaJet ready for FAA flight tests

Article | Dec 20, 2013

With FAA type inspection authorization and certified engines, the HondaJet seems on a fast track toward final FAA certification.

Textron to buy Beechcraft

Article | Dec 20, 2013

Cessna Aircraft owner Textron will buy Beechcraft for $1.4 billion in a major consolidation of U.S. general aviation manufacturers, multiple news outlets reported Dec. 20.

The new soverign

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Owner/pilots who’ve reached the top of the single-pilot (SP) jet food chain—most likely in the form of a Cessna Citation CJ4 or Embraer Phenom 300—sometimes wonder, what’s next?

Can airshows come back?

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Airshows in the United States have endured many setbacks in their long history, but no single season has brought as much adversity as 2013.

Gulfstream to Barbados (for science)

Article | Dec 17, 2013

A Gulfstream business jet outfitted for science is probing Atlantic clouds between Germany and Barbados.

Cessna TTx certified in Brazil

Article | Dec 06, 2013

Cessna reports "strong deliveries" of the new TTx since being awarded an FAA type certificate in June, and Brazil has followed suit.

My $1 Million Education

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

Senior Editor Dave Hirschman had an epiphany: What have all his years of flying cost him? And what else has he gained? Readers could relate.

Vacant hangars, new owners

Article | Nov 29, 2013

The new owners of a privately owned, public-use airport in an enviable New Jersey location have big plans, and vacant hangars.

Boeing 747 Dreamlifter mistakenly lands at Jabara Airport

Article | Nov 21, 2013

The pilots of an Atlas Air Boeing 747 Dreamlifter en route from John F. Kennedy International Airport to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan., mistakenly landed 8 nautical miles away at Colonel James Jabara Airport Nov. 20.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 20, 2013

From reader John Ritchie: True or False? It is impossible for a jet fighter to shoot itself down by flying into its own gunfire.

What's your favorite airplane movie?

Article | Nov 05, 2013

Pilots have discriminating taste when it comes to aviation movies. It’s not just about the actors or special effects, but about the plot’s trueness to aviation, historical accuracy, and physics of flight. With that in mind, what's your favorite aviation movie?

Aircraft shipments mixed

Article | Nov 01, 2013

The latest data on aircraft shipments released Oct. 31 by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association show a softening demand for business jets.

Flagship Falcon

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

To many, Dassault Aviation’s Falcon Jet line of business jets represents a pinnacle in the merging of technology and art.

Quick Look: Bombardier Learjet 45

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

When it was introduced in the early 1990s, the Learjet 45 was the first clean-sheet Learjet design since the first-generation Model 23 helped bring business aviation into the jet age in the early 1960s.

Glider pilots aim to reach 90,000 feet on wind power

Article | Oct 30, 2013

A small team is aiming to soar to the far reaches of the stratosphere in a specially designed glider that will transport its pilots to a desperately lonely place.

Safety at Santa Monica

Article | Oct 30, 2013

Senior AOPA staff fielded questions and presented evidence that should reassure Santa Monica Municipal Airport neighborhood residents during an Oct. 24 safety seminar.

Nextant scores huge jet order

Article | Oct 23, 2013

Nextant takes another leap ahead of Beechcraft in competition to refurbish the Hawker 400 fleet.

Jet convention hears from national leaders

Article | Oct 22, 2013

A member of Congress and a past Treasury secretary addressed the National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas Oct. 22 on a variety of topics from aviation user fees that were proposed as long ago as 1973 to the economy. General aviation faces a growing threat on many fronts.

Dassault intros the Falcon 5X

Article | Oct 22, 2013

Dassault Falcon Jet introduced its new Falcon 5X, an all-new design that promises to redefine the super-mid-sized category.

Beechcraft spools up for first Wheels Up deliveries

Article | Oct 22, 2013

Touting strong numbers and an energized staff, Beechcraft executives told reporters Oct. 21 that the company is ready to compete, including in the single-engine turboprop market when the market is right.

SJ30 still going strong after all these years

Article | Oct 21, 2013

Ed Swearingen's idea for a business jet in the 1980s may finally reach market.

Cessna: Bright future for bizjets, none for Skycatcher

Article | Oct 21, 2013

At the National Business Aviation Association convention, Cessna CEO Scott Ernest updated reporters on new products emerging from the production line. He said Cessna’s bizjets were looking up but said the Skycatcher had no future.

HondaJet is in the market to stay

Article | Oct 21, 2013

HondaJet is ramping up all resources as it simultaneously builds a workforce and its dealer network.

Jet deliveries down in Honeywell forecast

Article | Oct 20, 2013

Honeywell's latest jet industry forecast shows deliveries down, but value holding due to a trend toward larger, more expensive jets.

Pilot rates milestone birthday a success

Article | Oct 18, 2013

Two grueling flight tests and a mountain of paperwork aren't what most people imagine when it comes to a fun way to celebrate a birthday.

Cessna jets lead third quarter loss

Article | Oct 18, 2013

Cessna has an expected loss in the third quarter, but are better times to come?

Jet industry stirring, but still hospitalized

Article | Oct 16, 2013

Market reports show jet sales are still struggling, and flight activity is low but improving or dropping, depending on whose data you trust.

Cirrus: First conforming Vision jet to fly in 2014

Article | Oct 10, 2013

Cirrus Aircraft expects to fly its first conforming SF50 Vision jet in early 2014 and the company will be able to build up to 150 new aircraft a year when the program is in full production.

New Texas heliport to open in December

Article | Oct 09, 2013

A new north Texas public heliport is scheduled to open in December in DeSoto, southwest of Dallas.

Summit shaping up to be Texas-sized

Slideshow | Oct 09, 2013

The old saying, "Everything's bigger in Texas," is holding true for AOPA Aviation Summit 2013. About 400 exhibitors are filling the Fort Worth Convention Center in Texas, and nearly 100 aircraft are flying in to Fort Worth Meacham International Airport for the static display at Airportfest.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines received many comments on his column, which suggested that “aviation is our common ground, but not much else.”

Epic LT: Seeing is believing

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

The Epic LT’s sleek looks aren’t deceiving. The six-seat, 1,200-horsepower kitbuilt speedster is all about going fast and far.

Get free admission to Southeast Aviation Expo

Article | Sep 19, 2013

AOPA members are being offered free vouchers to attend this year’s Southeast Aviation Expo in Greenville, S.C.

Cessna designs low-cost military jet

Article | Sep 17, 2013

AirLand Enterprises company is marketing a low-cost tactical and surveillance aircraft to the U.S. Air Force.

Arctic quest

Article | Sep 12, 2013

Polar bears may be cute when seen in zoos, but Arctic residents have a different perspective.

Flexjet purchased by Ohio investment group

Article | Sep 05, 2013

Kenn Ricci, who founded two fractional jet ownership companies, now adds Flexjet for the luxury end of his market.

Pilot Briefing Flying to Japan

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

The mitsubishi MU–2—the stocky, futuristic-looking high-wing twin turboprop—marks a significant milestone this month: The model first flew in Nagoya, Japan, 50 years ago on September 14.

Could apps lower your fuel bill?

Article | Aug 23, 2013

With the price of fuel continuing to rise, pilots need all the help they can get in managing their fuel costs. These five apps claim they can help.

German engineers smash bugs in bid to save jet fuel

Article | Aug 12, 2013

German aerospace engineers are hunting bugs in hope of one day saving fuel.