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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.

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.

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 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.

Australia offers new medical option for private flying

Advocacy | Jun 27, 2012

Pilots flying many aircraft privately can obtain their medical certificate from any general practitioner under a new system announced in Australia.

Report: FAA testing, leadership key to avgas transition

Article | Jun 26, 2012

Candidate fuels to replace leaded avgas could measure their progress against established milestones, go head-to-head with other fuels in a centralized FAA testing facility, and receive guidance from government and industry experts under a plan laid out in a recently released report.

Hawker tells court it may reduce jet products

Article | Jun 18, 2012

All three options for a reorganized, and still independent, Hawker Beechcraft call for keeping the military aircraft (King Airs and the T-6 Texan II trainer/ground attack aircraft), piston aircraft, and commercial King Air line.

Fuller offers legislative update at Florida conference

Advocacy | Jun 13, 2012

AOPA President Craig Fuller used a panel discussion at the Florida Aviation Trades Association's Annual Meeting and Trade Show June 12 to give an update on general aviation topics including user fees, the fall elections, and state advocacy efforts.

Danbury AeroSpace CEO remembered

Article | Jun 05, 2012

Gary H. Garvens, whose contributions to general aviation included decades of service as owner and CEO of Danbury AeroSpace and its subsidiaries, along with service as a president and director of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association, lost an 18-month battle with cancer on May 31.

New turboprop flies in Australia

Article | May 23, 2012

GippsAero announced the first flight of a new aircraft the company described as the first single-engine turboprop designed and developed in Australia.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2012

At 10:25 on Easter morning in 2010 I held up my hand to shield the sun as I searched for the traffic at my two o'clock, 1,000 feet above. The air was smooth at 11,500 feet, above solid clouds and the rugged Washington Cascade mountains below. My family--parents, wife, kids, spouses, grandchildren--had gathered for the holiday that weekend, and now I was getting everyone home.

Morgan Stanley expert: Chinese white knight saves Cessna, not HBC

Article | Apr 04, 2012

In an exclusive interview with AOPA, Morgan Stanley Managing Director Heidi Wood shed some new light on recent developments in the business aviation manufacturing segment.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

A scorecard seems necessary to keep track of who's who in aviation today as globalization of company ownership continues. And while foreign ownership of traditionally U.S.-owned companies causes consternation among some American pilots, we have no one except ourselves to blame because it is the lack of U.S. investment that is, for the most part, driving the sale of these companies.

Cessna Corvalis TTX begins production line flow

Article | Mar 29, 2012

Cessna has begun production line flow for the Corvalis TTX. The TTX is a high-performance, single-pilot aircraft that Cessna claims is the fastest certified piston-driven aircraft currently in production.

Classics, warbirds march to 'Challenge' finals

Article | Mar 27, 2012

The P-51 Mustang continued slicing and dicing, eliminating the King Air in a blowout in AOPA's Favorite Aircraft Challenge. The unstoppable F4U Corsair took out the popular Cessna 172; the Mooney M20 couldn't best the lovable Piper J-3 Cub, and the Beech Staggerwing eliminated the Stearman PT-17.

The inscrutable future of GA in China

Article | Mar 27, 2012

There is great enthusiasm about the prospects for general aviation in China. Recently manufacturers have come from all over the world to display their wares at numerous well-attended trade shows and conferences, encouraged by the fact that China has declared in its latest five-year plan that it intends to encourage consumption in China including personal boating and flying.

FAA avgas research funding 'critical'

Advocacy | Mar 20, 2012

The FAA is a critical participant in continuing research to develop an unleaded aviation fuel, said the presidents of five aviation associations in a letter urging congressional support for funding in the agency's fiscal 2013 budget.

FAA forecasts air travel growth, piston decline

Article | Mar 15, 2012

The FAA predicts steady growth in airline travel, but the general aviation piston fleet is expected to shrink, and the pilot population will continue to age with a continued decline in the number of student pilot starts.