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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.

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).


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.

Rocketing Out of Obscurity

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2000

Figure this out on your E6B: At 500 knots and a 60,000-foot-per-minute initial climb rate, you are (a) in awe; (b) well behind the airplane; (c) high above show center in a couple of nanoseconds. The correct answer, of course, is (d) — all of the above.


Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2000

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

Turbine Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2000

How modern jets try to contain the rare uncontained engine failure It was a few minutes after 7 a.m. on a sleepy Sunday morning.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2000

GENERAL Provide two reasons why it usually is more advantageous during VFR flight to lower the nose and increase airspeed when flying through a downdraft than it is to add power and attempt to maintain altitude. What is the Goldfish Club? Under what circumstances should a pilot start an engine with the fuel valve in the Off position? The empty weight and CG of an airplane must be recalculated whenever items are installed or removed.

Piaggio Royal Gull

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2000

The CEO of seaplanes The 1957 magazine advertisement painted an idyllic picture of the unusual and elegant Italian-built, twin-engine, and gull-winged amphibian: "Here's a working ship that's specially designed for the man who's going places. Be he an air-minded executive, aerial survey, or company pilot, he'll go 'sky-wide and handsome' in the exciting new Royal Gull." Francis Trecker, the Milwaukee machine tool magnate, was one of those "sky-minded executives." Although not a pilot himself, he was the man who brought the twin-engine, five-seat Piaggio Royal Gull pusher to the United States and built an organization to assemble, equip, market, sell, and support it.

On Autopilot

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2000

There’s a big problem with general aviation autopilots. Even though the number and sophistication of autopilots seem to be increasing at a steady rate, many pilots don’t seem to have a complete understanding of how to operate them.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2000

GENERAL Why does moving the center of gravity forward make an airplane more stable in pitch and yaw? From reader Michael Dolin: The North American XB-70 Valkyrie supersonic bomber’s six engines were clustered in a single horizontal row beneath the aircraft. This was colloquially known as a six-pack (of engines).

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1999

The ins and outs of window care Like memory loss, thinning hair, and the vague sensation that there hasn't been any good new music in the last 10 years, the deterioration of your aircraft's windows comes on gradually, almost insidiously. One day, much to your consternation, you turn final into the setting sun and see a constellation of scratches, nicks, swirls, and checks — but no airport.

Turbine Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 1999

Big airplanes aren't just for airlines Bigger is better. That concept, in brief, is what sets the Boeing Business Jet apart from its competitors in the new and highly competitive ultra-long-haul business jet arena.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1999

Sandel SN3308 HSI Instrument pilots love the horizontal situation indicator (HSI) and it's easy to see why. Combining directional gyro information with the primary navigation display greatly simplifies the instrument scan and provides far better situational awareness.

Return of the Workhorse

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 1999

Once the darlings of blue-collar workers and those with real off-road work to do, pickup trucks and four-wheel-drive vehicles now command premium prices because of their popularity among white-collar suburbanites and soccer moms. To accommodate these new buyers, manufacturers have nearly bred the "utility" out of their sport-utility vehicles; with overstuffed heated leather seats, cup holders galore, and studio-quality stereos, the machines might be better called "sport-luxury vehicles." m In revamping its long-dormant Model 206 Stationair, Cessna took note of the trend.