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Rally GA: Rights for Pilots?

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

The sight of flashing blue lights in the rear-view mirror causes every motorist to cringe--especially when they're driving at the posted speed limit. And although a driver who receives a ticket may not agree with it, he will know exactly what infraction he's been charged with, as well as the procedure for appealing the citation.

Report compares glass, analog panel safety

Article | Mar 01, 2012

Airmanship still matters more than equipment: Proliferation of glass panel cockpits in general aviation aircraft has not had a dramatic impact on safety, according to new research by the Air Safety Institute.

AOPA/EAA medical exemption request strong, steady

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2012

AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association are unwavering in their effort to open more aircraft to pilots using a driver's license and medical self-assessment despite the FAA's recent denial of a pilot's request to expand the driver's license medical to private pilots flying aircraft 6,000 pounds or less.

GA market flat, but faces change

Article | Feb 23, 2012

A generation ago, the top piston-aircraft producers were as predictable as the top auto manufacturers. Cessna, Piper, Beechcraft, and Mooney were the GM, Ford, Chrysler, and everybody else of the auto world. Today, the world looks quite different.

User-fee resistance (again) on the move

Advocacy | Feb 22, 2012

General aviation's supporters in Congress are moving again to resist the Obama Administration's latest effort to impose fees on users of the air traffic system.

Restored Bell 47 returns to market

Article | Feb 13, 2012

One of Bell Helicopter's most reliable helicopters ever, the Bell 47, is in the process of returning to the market. Scott's Bell 47, a Le Sueur, Minn., company, plans to offer the helicopter first as a restored model and later hopes to place it in production. Two restored models were shown on the floor of the Heli-Expo in Dallas Feb. 12.

User fees in White House FY2013 budget

Advocacy | Feb 13, 2012

The White House budget released Feb. 13 would impose a $100-per-flight fee for air traffic services.

Flying into the Big Game

Article | Feb 09, 2012

"Welcome to Indy. You're the first piston we've seen all weekend," the van driver said as he drove two pilots across the ramp to Million Air's welcome hangar, complete with a red carpet and enclosed canopy for Super Bowl weekend.

Turbine Logbook

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

What do turbine aircraft buyers consider when evaluating one aircraft versus another? My experience suggests that motivations have changed over time and will continue to evolve.

Gentleman’s Choice: Cessna Conquest I

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

Cessna's Conquest I is one of the easiest transitions to turbine power for any multiengine, instrument-rated pilot. The airplane is born of the 400-series line of twin Cessnas, known for its easygoing flight manners, comfortable cabin, and generous baggage bins. It is an ideal turboprop for an individual or small company with the need to transport as many as six passengers at 250 knots as far as 800 nm.

Cessna shows positive revenue in fourth quarter

Article | Jan 25, 2012

Cessna finally turned a long-awaited corner in the current economic recession, but has firmly identified itself as a small- and medium-sized jet manufacturer for the future. Piston-engine aircraft not only survived in the fourth quarter of 2011, but helped lead the way to higher revenues.

The fight against user fees

Advocacy | Jan 17, 2012

The general aviation community has fought user fees many times before - and won. Now, AOPA and a united front of aviation groups are girding for a new and familiar fight.

White House: 'Why we need aviation user fees'

Advocacy | Jan 13, 2012

After almost 9,000 people urged the president to take damaging aviation user fees off the table, the administration on Jan. 13 offered its response: No way.

Courting a jet rating

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

The red master warning light gives us the bad news 38,000 feet over Bimini.The pressurization system in our Cessna CE-525 CitationJet has failed on a night flight to Miami, and it's time to hustle down to an altitude where we can remain conscious without supplemental oxygen.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

Every time you get behind the wheel of a car, you're making a judgment call. Are you fit to drive? Have you taken any medications that could impair your performance? Do you have a medical condition that would make you unsafe? Are you too tired to drive?

200 feet, lights in sight

Article | Nov 01, 2011

"Approach lights in sight, continue" is a callout heard during every two-pilot jet simulator session, yet generally unfamiliar to pilots transitioning from piston aircraft. Why? The reliability and capability of jet aircraft are so great that they are often flown into weather conditions a pilot wouldn't take a piston aircraft. Very low visibility conditions are one such example.

Saving Our Airports: Keeping GA at Reno Tahoe

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2011

Photography by the author A new day dawned for general aviation at Reno/Tahoe International Airport on July 14, 2011—not when the sun rose over the high desert at 5:41 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, but after 9 a.m.

Swapping avgas for Jet-A

Article | Sep 01, 2011

Strapping a fire-breathing turboprop engine on your average piston single confirms that one man’s toy is another man’s tool. To some, such a swap seems like a questionable use of resources.

Family rocket

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2011

Going through 90 knots I raise the nosewheel about six inches off the pavement, hold the pitch attitude, and wait a moment. Takeoff in an Aerostar is more like a jet than a piston-powered airplane. With a wing loading of 33.6 pounds per square foot - twice that of what I've been flying - and a NACA 64-series airfoil it shares with the Learjet, it doesn’t just float off the ground. It rolls on the mains for a few seconds, still accelerating hard, and then flies cleanly off.

Safety Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2011

Where to draw the safety line in GA will always be debated because opinions and operations are so varied. There are pilots in our system who shouldn’t be flying and some who never should have been certificated in the first place—as in all other personal activities. How to fairly identify and remove them on a consistent basis is a vexing problem. The Air Safety Institute has more than 30 free online courses, publishes a quiz every other week, and offers about 200 free live seminars annually. What more should we do? Are you convinced that the government can make GA much safer than it already is, without a significant reduction in your freedom to fly? That’s really up to us, as pilots in command. So the next time someone tosses off the GA/airline safety stats for shock value, ask them if they equate the high banks of Daytona with the supermarket parking lot.

The Cherokee turns 50

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2011

N5000W rolled out of Piper's then-new factory in Vero Beach, Florida, in February 1961 - although factory is a term used loosely here. Piper's Vero Beach factory was technically not even finished yet, according to Piper Historian Roger Peperell. Rather, the airplane was made in a development building. Jim Tempel was one of the last people to work on N5000W. Tempel, then 20 years old, and his assembly partner took the cabin - which was on a dolly - and fitted the engine, wheels, wings, door, interior, and pretty much everything else at their station. "When we started, there were two of us at the position," he said. But when Tempel left Piper in 1962, the company was putting out so many airplanes he was only doing the nose cone, spinner, propeller, and cowling.

Pilots:

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2011

Lee Wolford is an old, bold pilot—the kind that aviation maxims (and laws of averages) say shouldn’t exist. The retired U.S.

Trial by type rating

Article | Jul 01, 2011

Brazilian manufacturer Embraer, traditionally known as a builder of 50- to 100-seat airliners, began a new strategy in 2005. That’s when the company decided to enter the business jet market.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2011

Solar Impulse makes international flight Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are a step closer to their goal of circling the Earth, nonstop, in a solar-powered airplane. In May, the delicate craft flew from Switzerland to Brussels, Belgium.

FBOs, fuel distributors counter Calif. avgas lawsuit

Advocacy | Jul 01, 2011

The National Air Transportation Association has announced its backing of a lawsuit brought by fixed-base operators and avgas distributors in California to block enforcement actions that could result from legal proceedings threatened by an environmental organization in May