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Electric Long-EZ hits 202 mph

Article | Jul 19, 2012

Chip Yates of the Flight of the Century project took a battery-powered Long-EZ on only its second flight at Inyokern Airport in California, 120 miles northeast of Los Angeles, on July 19. He flew at 202.6 mph, breaking the Cri-Cri record of 175 mph, and ended the flight with an emergency landing.

Aero fever

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

AERO Friedrichshafen, Europe’s premier general aviation exhibition, hosted 30,800 visitors this year and featured a number of significant announcements. Increasingly, the AERO show’s importance is rising in step with Europe’s growing profile in the light end of the general aviation spectrum.

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.