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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.

Strega captures Gold at Reno - again

Article | Sep 20, 2012

Steve Hinton of Chino, Calif., was the fastest piston-aircraft pilot at the 2012 National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev., Sept. 12 through 16.

Coalition lauds new Avgas Fuels Program Office

Advocacy | Sep 14, 2012

The FAA has created a new Fuels Program Office in response to a letter from the General Aviation Avgas Coalition, which had urged funding an unleaded avgas program.

Analysts see signs of aircraft market recovery

Article | Sep 06, 2012

With deliveries picking up, there are signs of hope for the suffering aircraft market, but is the rebound permanent?

Foundation Focus: An aviation ecosystem

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2012

We've never given up-and we're not about to quit now

Recovery signs seen in aircraft deliveries

Article | Aug 10, 2012

New airplane deliveries logged during the first six months of 2012 point to "positive signs" for the manufacturing sector, said an industry association.

Industry groups call for unleaded avgas funding

Advocacy | Aug 08, 2012

Funding of $5.5 million in FY2014 to support a comprehensive unleaded avgas program would allow the FAA to implement key elements of an advisory group's recent recommendations, industry groups told the FAA and Department of Transportation in early August.

EPA defends action on leaded avgas

Advocacy | Aug 02, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency defended its course of action on leaded avgas in July, urging the court to dismiss a lawsuit designed to push the agency toward proposing emissions standards for lead from general aviation aircraft.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2012

Proudly South African South Africa’s Sling is the 125th LSA on the U.S. market There’s another new light sport aircraft (LSA) on the market—the mostly metal Sling from The Airplane Factory near Johannesburg, South Africa.

Proficient Pilot: Look, Ma, no rudder!

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2012

On one fine day in the mid-1950s, a pilot was departing Santa Monica, California, in a Model 18 Twin Beech that had just been returned to service after extensive maintenance.

Continental Motors unveils plans for trio of diesels

Article | Jul 24, 2012

Continental Motors will obtain FAA certification this year on the first of what the company promises will be a full line of diesel aircraft engines ranging from 150 to 350 horsepower.

Cessna to move Skycatcher out of LSA category

Article | Jul 24, 2012

In a major strategy shift, Cessna Aircraft announced at AirVenture that it was removing its 162 Skycatcher from the light sport aircraft category into a primary aircraft category. Pilots, however, can still fly the aircraft under sport pilot rules.

Cessna unveils turbodiesel 182

Article | Jul 23, 2012

A Cessna 182 powered by a 230-horsepower Jet-A-burning piston engine will be available in the second quarter of 2013, Cessna Aircraft announced July 23.

Hawker Beechcraft lays off another 125

Article | Jul 02, 2012

In the third layoff since April, Hawker Beechcraft laid off another 125 workers at its Wichita, Kan., facility last week, bringing the number of employees to 4,075, just 75 above the number it must maintain to keep local incentive funds.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

Senior Editor Dave Hirschman and Chief Photographer Mike Fizer traveled to the ends of the Earth to experience flying in New Zealand and share with readers. “Kudos on the outstanding collection of New Zealand flying articles.

Single-pilot jet accident patterns

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

In a 2005 publication dealing with industry concerns about VLJ safety, the Flight Safety Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improvement of global aviation safety, examined nearly 40 years of accidents and incidents in jets flown by a single pilot. While the skies have far from darkened with VLJs, there are more SP jets available and flying than ever before, and the breakdown of the 43 events is instructive to any new jet pilot looking to avoid the proverbial repeat of history.