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Club Spotlight: Flying a 182 For the Cost of a 172

Article | Apr 01, 2013

The Paramus Flying Club keeps costs down by flying a Cessna 182 retrofitted with a SMA diesel engine.

AOPA: Court decision aids safe transition to unleaded avgas

Article | Mar 28, 2013

A U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruling has freed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from having to make an accelerated endangerment finding on emissions from general aviation aircraft.

Cessna's new piston single makes first production flight

Article | Mar 07, 2013

Cessna Aircraft Co. announced a successful first flight of the production TTx was made March 2 from the factory in Independence, Kan.

Flying club's Cessna 182 makes biofuel flight

Article | Mar 07, 2013

Kill Devil Hills, N.C., was the site of another aviation milestone March 2 when a Cessna 182 retrofitted with a SMA diesel engine landed at First Flight Airport (KFFA). Pilots say it is the first flight powered by cooking-oil-based SkyNRG biofuel in a piston engine, and the first biofuel flight for an SMA diesel-cycle engine.

Time for a change: DIY oil changes

Aircraft Maintenance | Mar 01, 2013

DIY oil changes are a great way to learn about the health of your engine, while saving some money in the process. Think of it as a free hour of flying every 50 hours, courtesy of your own sweat equity.

Diamond Aircraft lays off most of staff

Article | Feb 26, 2013

Diamond Aircraft on Feb. 25 announced that it had laid off most of its staff, saying it needs several weeks to restructure. Work on the company's costly prize project, the D-Jet, has been suspended.

Swift looks to European market for piston-aircraft biofuel

Article | Feb 14, 2013

Swift Fuels LLC, a company developing an unleaded replacement for 100LL, announced Feb. 1 that it had acquired a 50-percent stake in a German firm.

Industry analysts offer predictions for 2013

Article | Dec 27, 2012

The general aviation industry saw its highs and lows in 2012, including the defeat of user fees (again), the third class medical petition, a slow recovery for aircraft sales, and new products. Industry analysts weighed in on what they thought would be the big issues facing GA in 2013.

Changes, more public comment asked for Nev. airspace plan

Advocacy | Dec 06, 2012

AOPA has requested that the FAA continue to mitigate the impact on general aviation of planned modifications to the Class B airspace in Las Vegas, Nev. The association also cited a lack of accurate information on an FAA website about the airspace plan in asking for a 30-day extension of time for public comment, now set to expire Dec. 26.

Into Africa

Article | Dec 06, 2012

Whether they were shedding ice in the flight levels or stumbling on a street festival in the Canary Islands, Bob Jeffrey and David Robinson cherish the memories of flying a newly completed Lancair Evolution turboprop single from Redmond, Wash., to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Better equipment for less: Reg rewrite targets cost, safety

Advocacy | Nov 29, 2012

If the cost of a panel-mounted GPS were close to that of a handheld, would you upgrade? A government-industry effort to revise the certification rules for aircraft under Part 23 could lower costs and increase safety.

Progress continues on 100LL replacement

Advocacy | Nov 01, 2012

The FAA, industry, and the members of the General Aviation Avgas Coalition continue efforts to work on a permanent solution to eventually replace 100 low-lead gasoline for GA aircraft that will meet the needs of the existing fleet.

AOPA tests Tamarack active winglets

Article | Oct 29, 2012

AOPA tests Tamarack active wingletsTamarack active winglets may have started out on the Cirrus SR22, but the company has its eyes set on the jet market. "AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Al Marsh tested the winglets on a Citationjet.

Hawker Beechcraft China deal collapses, jets jettisoned

Article | Oct 18, 2012

Hawker Beechcraft announced Oct. 18 that a purchase agreement with a Chinese buyer has been scuttled, and the company has charted a new course out of bankruptcy. That plan includes the sale or cessation of Hawker jet production, but would keep the piston and turboprop lines running.

Proficient Pilot: There is no excuse

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2012

Fuel mismanagement shouldn't be a gotcha.

Fly like a fighter: Fill your brain

Fly like a fighter | Sep 24, 2012

After a high oil-temperature reading, an experienced F-15 pilot learns you can really never know enough.