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Major firms join electric aircraft discussion

Article | May 01, 2012

Wheel motors that can help accelerate an electric aircraft to liftoff within 100 feet or less will mark the next phase in the development of electric aircraft, with near-whisper-quiet designs soon to follow.

Clouds, rain dampen attendance at Va. Festival of Flight

Article | May 01, 2012

Overcast skies conspired with a threat of rain in the forecast to keep crowds at Suffolk Executive Airport small on April 28 for the opening day of the fifteenth annual Virginia Regional Festival of Flight. While the anticipated rain showers held off until midafternoon, the forecast was more optimistic for the event's second and final day.

PC-Aero goes solar

Article | Apr 19, 2012

PC-Aero GmbH's new Elektra One Solar, exhibited at Aero, has solar panels attached to the upper surfaces of the wings, horizontal stabilizer, and fuselage.

Power project raises aviation safety concerns

Advocacy | Feb 02, 2012

A careful study of aviation safety concerns is "imperative" when the Oregon Department of Energy reviews a proposed gas-fired power plant to be built near the Portland-Troutdale Airport, AOPA said in a Jan. 31 letter to the state agency.

Green flight challenge

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

In this nation's history, the inevitable transition from horse to train to automobile had its share of forward thinkers, dreamers, charlatans, fools, and luminaries. New wasn't always better, and an argument could always be made that any emerging technology had flaws so deep in its DNA that it would never succeed.

License to Learn

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2011

Electric airplanes, synthetic vision, and iPad accessories these things, abundant at this year's EAA AirVenture.

AOPA Media

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2011

STORIES WITH ENHANCED CONTENT 88 Magical Aerial Miles The breathtaking photography by Chris Rose that accompanies Dave Hirschman’s Epic Flight through the Canyonlands is just a small slice of the visual entertainment from this trip. Produced by the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF), this incredible video will have you believing that you are flying in the Waco biplane right alongside Hirschman and crew.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2011

The elephant at AirVenture The elephant in the room at this year’s EAA AirVenture is a 246-foot-long Zeppelin, the Farmers Airship, that will be offering $400 rides for 45 minutes above the Oshkosh show and surrounding areas. The airship is operated by Airship Ventures, based at Moffett Field in California, and gives rides along the West Coast from Long Beach to Seattle.

Flying skeletons and electric hummingbirds

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2011

Extreme flying doesn't always mean speed. It can refer to a lack of speed, too. Here are two model airplanes that are polar opposites, as are their pilots. One lingers on the edge of an aerodynamic stall for more than a half hour and will star in its own documentary called "Float", while the other zooms about with electric power, hovering on its tail - or nose - teaching even the birds new tricks. Both have a greater connection to general aviation than you'd think.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2011

“The combination of a Waco Classic radial-engine biplane, sparkling autumn weather, and a whole continent to fly across was like an aviation fantasy,” Senior Editor Dave Hirschman says of the autumn 2010 flight from Maryland to AOPA Aviation Summit in Long Beach, California (“Epic Flight: 88 Magical Aerial Miles”). “Throw in some good friends and talented professionals like John McKenna of the Recreational Aviation Foundation, videographer Jim Clark, and AOPA Photographer Chris Rose and you’ve got the makings of an unforgettable flying adventure.” The highlight of a trip full of spectacular scenes took place above the winding Colorado River where the raging waters carve through the ancient and dramatic western landscape.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2011

A son's memorial to his dad This is the second time this Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair aircraft has been restored. After serving on two aircraft carriers during the Korean War, the aircraft went to the Honduran Air Force.

Piper Mirage: Pressurization

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2011

You might think that the primary driver of a pilot’s move from a piston airplane to a light turbine is the need for more speed, or range, or altitude. And while those factors certainly play a part in the decision, my recent conversations with pilots who have made the move suggest that the primary reason for the change was to get pressurization.

GA Serves America: Guarding the grid

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

Power line poles, flashing by at regular intervals, can be mesmerizing—as anyone who has ever taken a long car or train ride across the United States knows. They are no less mesmerizing from about 200 feet agl and 25 feet away, even though a part of your pilot brain is demanding to know why you’re in an airplane this close to 64,000 volts.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

This could have been written in the 1920s, although barnstorming then wasn’t done on a schedule. The American Barnstormers Tour continues its multiyear run with a new tour in the central United States from June to July.

Seen in Sebring

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, gave a revealing glimpse at the innovation and refinement taking place in the Light Sport Aircraft category.

Thrust buster: Sierra Super S–II

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

Turbine Pilot Special Edition Thrust buster: Sierra’s new Citation Super S–II Go time: Climbing from one takeoff segment to another Performance calculations: One manufacturer’s approach TOLD you so: Calculating takeoff and landing data Flying in the wild, wild West: Where the airplane is an important tool Simulating reality: Tips for acing your next training session Cessna built some 1,700-plus older Cessna Citations, and many of them are still out there paying their way. These are the Citations that established the line as one of the all-time, hands-down bestsellers.

Fun at Mach 0.162

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2010

Cessna SkyCatcher 162 test pilots proudly wear a shoulder patch declaring they have “Fun at Mach 0.162” (they also test jets). They could have claimed Mach 0.172 (true airspeeds are between 115 and 118 knots), but then the model number wouldn’t match the Mach number.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

Economic recovery at least a year off To those of you looking for signs of economic recovery, just wait. You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet, literally.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2009

A friend, Steve Kivo, called excitedly, “Hey, Barry, how would you like to see that electric airplane from China?” A rhetorical question; he knew that I would. “It’s being flight-tested here in Camarillo.

Buying new, now

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2009

How bonus depreciation and increased expensing limits can make good business sense. These stressed economic times make it easy for many of us to quash ideas of buying an airplane.

GA and the Environment: Euro-vironment

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2009

A broad-brush introduction to the politics of environmental protection gives us a backdrop for a quick review of how European general aviation is coming to terms with environmental challenges. Comparatively speaking, American public attention has only recently been strongly focused on environmental policymaking.

Those magnificent flying machines

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

The assassination on June 28, 1914, of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, triggered a series of events that led inexorably to the outbreak of war in Europe a month later. The Great War began less than 11 years after the Wright brothers’ first flight.