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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.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2009

BrightLine Flight Bags There’s a place for everything and everything in its place. This expression, which dates back to the early 1800s, certainly rings true.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2009

GENERAL Unless contraindicated by the pilot’s operating handbook, what are the first and immediate steps that should be taken by a pilot who experiences an in-flight engine fire? At what altitude is a passenger required to use supplemental oxygen in a nonpressurized aircraft? From reader Alasdair Halleron: What was the first jet-powered airliner to fly in the United States? From reader Charles Baumann: In the early days of jets, several Soviet jet fighters had a prominent, vertical, white stripe in the center of the instrument panel. What was its purpose? From reader Mike Piccola: Who was first to conceive and sketch a parachute? From reader Richard Wilsher: Name the four different types of aircraft that have each given 50 years of continuous service to the military branch to which it was originally assigned.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2007

New LSAs create a stir at Oshkosh Cessna Aircraft and Cirrus Design both put their stamps on the light sport aircraft (LSA) movement by unveiling new aircraft at EAA AirVenture in July. Cessna filled a gap in its sequence of aircraft with the introduction of the 162 SkyCatcher.


Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2006

KITTY HAWK, DECEMBER, NINETEEN-THREE "They read the work ofLilienthal, Langley, and ChanuteBut the theories of these pioneersIn test did not computeSo they cleaned the table to the woodAnd started in again To answer twisting riddlesSo the sky would let them in." So go the lyrics of the song Kitty Hawk, December Nineteen-Three, by Livingston Taylor. Raised in North Carolina, the poignantly poetic 55-year-old singer/songwriter/aviator has an understandable draw to the Wright brothers and their work, which put his home state on the map.

SIPA S-200 Minijet

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2006

But very few of these petite little jets were ever made The French SIPA S-200 Minijet was the world's first civilian turbojet airplane to enter production. Moreover, it was the world's first VLJ (very light jet).

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2006

GENERAL What is an aerial train? The most common configuration for a twin-engine business jet is for an engine to be mounted on each side of the rear fuselage. What was the first twin-engine turbine airplane to be so configured? What is it called when a) ice becomes water vapor without becoming water in the process, and b) water vapor becomes ice without becoming water in the process? From reader Brent Varner: What military aircraft was nicknamed "the missile with a man in it" and as a prototype incorporated an ejection seat that shot the pilot out the bottom of the cockpit? Reader Bob Carlton recently observed a Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey in flight and noticed that it might be the only aircraft to share a peculiar but significant feature with the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.

50th Anniversary of the 172

Article | Jun 01, 2006

Timeline 1920-1929 1927: The Cessna Aircraft Company was formed on September 7, 1927. 1928: Cessna produced the first full cantilever-wing light airplane to go into production in the United States.


Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2005

The hangar that now houses Signature Flight Support at San Francisco International Airport used to belong to Butler Aviation. Before it housed Butler, the hangar stood on the grounds of the old airport (Mills Field Muncipal, renamed San Francisco Municipal in 1931).

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2005

Aircraft designers look at new forms of energy Energy. It's one of those heavy load-bearing words like love or war that mean many things to people on different levels.

Wx Watch: Ice Fighters

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2005

Pilots fortunate enough to have ice-protection systems can become blasé about icing encounters. Brother, is that a mistake! The subject of ice-protection equipment, its capabilities, and correct use is a complicated one — and one that's often neglected in conventional training materials.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2005

Sporty's Electric Backup Attitude Indicator Loss of the primary attitude indicator (AI) is one of the most dangerous things that can happen to an instrument pilot. However, there have been few affordable backup options for light airplanes.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2005

GENERAL What unique method did Japan and other countries use during the 1930s (before the advent of radar) to detect approaching enemy aircraft? According to the Aeronautical Information Manual, what is the most likely way for a pilot to inadvertently induce whiteout conditions? From reader Mark Barchenko: What does a modern U.S. naval destroyer have in common with a McDonnell Douglas DC-10? NASA's hypersonic X-43A, an unmanned research airplane, is powered by an air-breathing scramjet and flew at almost Mach 10 (10 times the speed of sound) on November 16, 2004.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2005

Garmin iQue 3600a Garmin has offered a personal digital assistant (PDA) for two years, the iQue, but now the company has introduced the iQue 3600a, which includes aviation and terrain data already loaded and a built-in 12-channel GPS receiver, all ready to go the minute you open the box. With the addition of a $139.27 MapSource CD you can navigate the streets or highways at your destination.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2005

Otto Pilot, Mechanical Mike, or Gyro George — it's a lifesaver The goal of every autopilot is to get back to being idle," says Bob Ferguson of Autopilots Central, an avionics shop in Tulsa. For simple autopilots this means the airplane's wings are level.


Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2004

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines passed his instrument checkride on his birthday in 1989.

Honda-GE Move Forward on Jet Engine Program

Article | Jun 01, 2004

Honda-GE Move Forward on Jet Engine Program Article Archive June 18, 2004 — The alignment of two large and highly successful companies, General Electric and Honda Motor Company, is ample proof that a new class of general aviation jets is emerging. GE engines power 50 percent of all commercial airline flights, and a version of the Boeing 777 powerplant, the GE90, is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most powerful jet engine.

Turbine Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2004

Jets are slaves to temperature, too Takeoff in the typical business jet can be an exhilarating experience. There's the rapid acceleration, the several-thousand-feet-per-minute initial climb rate.

Turbine Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2003

Doing it right when things go wrong Most pilots will never experience a sudden emergency situation — normal one moment, completely abnormal the next. Most pilots will never lose an engine at a critical point in the takeoff, for instance, or face multiple, serious systems problems.

The Duchess of Cleveland

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2003

Trickery may be the mark of a good instructor, once the multiengine student has the skills to handle it. Instructor and pilot examiner Charlie Wentz obviously felt I was ready.