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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.

Will Whiteside shatters time-to-climb records

Article | Mar 08, 2012

Veteran racing pilot and world record holder Will Whiteside, flying a Russian Yakovlev 3U dubbed 'SteadFast', has added four new records to his collection, pending expected certification and ratification by national and international organizations.

100LL suit charges inaction; GA groups point to progress

Advocacy | Mar 08, 2012

The environmental group Friends of the Earth made good on a May 2011 threat March 7, when it announced it had filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over piston aircraft's use of leaded avgas.

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.

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.

Turbine Logbook

Pilot Magazine | Mar 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.

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.