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Pilots

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 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.

Pilots

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Waypoints

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.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2003

Iditarod Air Force to the rescue Each year nearly 70 dog-mushing teams race across Alaska's frozen landscape more than 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome to re-create a dog-team run of medicine nearly 100 years ago that quelled an epidemic — only this year Alaska wasn't quite so frozen. With the Iditarod Trial Sled Dog Race set to start on March 1, organizers decided in mid-February to move the race to central Alaska where temperatures were lower.

'Time' pulls ad in response to pressure from AOPA members

Article | Jan 03, 2003

Scores of members copied AOPA on letters and e-mails they sent to the management of Time magazine regarding the recent controversial house ads suggesting that general aviation aircraft are a threat to nuclear power plants. Here are just a few examples of members' thoughtful messages.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2003

Arrange the following single-engine aircraft in order of the model year in which they were introduced. If unable to do so, name the first and last two aircraft to be introduced.

Turbine Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2002

Enhancements mark the newest TBM 700s To the untrained eye, the EADS Socata TBM 700 has remained a static design since its introduction in 1989. The truth is that several changes, major and minor, were made with the 1999 model year — enough changes to prompt a new type designator (TBM 700B).

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2002

Editor in Chief Tom Haines has been reporting on the general aviation industry for more than 15 years. A major sea change is under way in the general aviation industry.

Filament-Free Future

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2002

If you do much flying at night, you probably have been stymied by a burned-out position (navigation) light or smoked landing light. Sure, the airplane still flies without a functioning position light but, technically, you will be thumbing your nose at the regulations.

Flying on Adrenaline

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2002

On April 5, 1976, a Learjet entered Texas airspace from Mexico. One of America's aviation pioneers was strapped to the stretcher aboard the "lifeguard" air ambulance flight.

Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2000

Most airline pilots hang up their flying careers at age 60. Bob Perry's was only just beginning then.