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FAA names Crown to support unleaded fuel tests

Advocacy | Oct 01, 2014

A consulting firm that specializes in helping the FAA and NASA manage research will help develop an unleaded fuel for the general aviation fleet.

AOPA hosts fuels presentation at NASAO conference

Advocacy | Sep 11, 2014

State and local aviation officials recently learned about the latest efforts to transition from 100LL avgas to an unleaded fuel and got an update on the initiative to reform third class medical certification.

FAA selects four unleaded fuels for testing

Advocacy | Sep 08, 2014

The FAA has selected four unleaded aviation fuels to undergo initial testing at the agency's William J. Hughes Technical Center. Two fuels developed by Swift Fuels and one fuel each developed by Shell and TOTAL will undergo laboratory and rig testing beginning this fall and concluding in fall 2015.

P&E/A&P: Early warning of valve trouble

Pilot Magazine | Aug 07, 2014

In a development that could improve the safety and reliability of piston aircraft engines, Savvy Analysis founder Mike Busch has created an automated warning system for impending exhaust valve failures.

Briefing: Dusty flies again

Pilot Magazine | Aug 06, 2014

The action may be animated, but the production team behind Disney’s new film Planes 2: Fire and Rescue, sequel to the 2013 animated feature Planes, strove to keep every detail as realistic as possible.

Pilots: Helen Cernik, Piston Single Ferry Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Aug 05, 2014

Helen Cernik has made a dozen ocean crossings (nine Atlantic and three Pacific) in single-engine piston aircraft, mostly Cirrus SR22s and SR20s.

President's Position: One step closer to reality

Pilot Magazine | Aug 05, 2014

We’ve been talking about the need to find an unleaded replacement for avgas since the United States began phasing out leaded fuels in the early 1970s.

Return of the Astore

Pilot Magazine | Aug 05, 2014

Luigi Pascale is the head designer at Tecnam and he designed the Astore, Tecnam’s new luxury Light Sport aircraft with an all-metal airframe.

New marketing firm creates national network of aircraft restorers

Article | Aug 04, 2014

Triple R Aircraft sets high standards to spur demand for rebuilt aircraft.

Avgas replacement: It’s not just about octane

Article | Jul 31, 2014

After testing more than 3,000 formulas over a 10-year period, Shell Aviation submitted its candidate fuel to the FAA for consideration as a fleet-wide, unleaded avgas replacement in July.

Turbine transition hang-ups

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

In my years of transitioning piston pilots to turbine aircraft, I have witnessed a pattern of learning roadblocks that frustrated many aspiring jet jockeys.

Mike Busch writes his first book

Article | Jul 30, 2014

Well-known aviation writer Mike Busch’s “Manifesto” is to be the first of a maintenance series.

Rotax rolls out 912 iS Sport

Article | Jul 30, 2014

Rotax now offers a new, follow-on engine to its popular 912 iS engine. From now on, the company will deliver its new, 100-horsepower, fuel-injected 912 iS Sport engines.

Superior Air Parts to offer Skyhawk engines

Article | Jul 28, 2014

Superior Air Parts is beginning work on a supplemental type certificate to allow use of its 180-horsepower Vantage engine on Cessna 172R and -S models.

FAA TO BEGIN EVALUATION OF UNLEADED FUEL CANDIDATES

News release | Jul 10, 2014

The search for viable replacements to leaded avgas is moving to the next stage as the FAA prepares to begin evaluating fuels submitted for testing through the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI). July 1 marked the deadline for candidate fuels to be submitted into this program.

Nine fuels vie to replace leaded avgas

Advocacy | Jul 10, 2014

The FAA has accepted nine fuels to be evaluated as potential replacements to avgas, marking a milestone in the search for an unleaded GA fuel.

Savvy Analysis: Early warning of valve trouble

Article | Jul 08, 2014

Savvy Analysis founder Mike Busch has developed an automated warning system for impending exhaust valve failures.

Van Nuys breaks ground on piston airplane home

Advocacy | Jul 03, 2014

The Park at Van Nuys Airport broke ground June 23 on a new facility dedicated to propeller aircraft, whose access to the California airport was once threatened by growing corporate use.

Power out!

Pilot Magazine | Jun 06, 2014

Passing 5,400 feet we heard a muffled pow/blam, had immediate white smoke in the cabin, and a spray pattern of oil on the windscreen. I put out an immediate mayday, and opened the window to clear the smoke.

Diamond diesel twin gets name change

Article | Jun 04, 2014

Austria-based Diamond Aircraft has renamed the DA52 jet-fuel-powered piston twin to DA62, the company announced June 4.

Museum offers inside look at Rolls-Royce, Allison engines

Article | May 21, 2014

Experience throttling up the Allison J35 turbojet engine, igniting the afterburner to produce a fuel flow that would empty a car's gas tank in 22 seconds, or debate the merits of the early Allison V1710 and Rolls-Royce Merlin engines at the interactive Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust Allison Branch museum in Indianapolis.

P&E Ownership: Anatomy of a valve failure

Pilot Magazine | May 14, 2014

New, digital borescopes allow aircraft mechanics to thoroughly inspect the inner workings of piston engines without removing cylinders, but who knows how to interpret the images they see?

Briefing: Record-setter

Pilot Magazine | May 13, 2014

Airshow performer Spencer Suderman appears to have set a new world record with an 81-turn, three-minute-plus inverted flat spin in a Pitts S–2B that took him from 23,000 feet to less than 2,000 feet over the California desert.