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Vulcanair announces four-seat piston single

Article | Apr 10, 2014

Italian twin-engine airplane manufacturer Vulcanair stepped into the single-engine certified aircraft market April 9 with the announcement of a 180-horsepower, four-seat single.

Rotax lowers fuel burn, boosts performance with 912 iS Sport

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Rotax BRP unveiled a new version of its 912 iS fuel-injected engine at Sun 'n Fun that the company says offers a shorter takeoff run, a steeper climb rate, the best flight range in its class, and easier operations.

Continental, ASI acquire rights to twin Cessna F406

Article | Mar 26, 2014

Continental Motors and ASI Innovation of Reims, France, have acquired rights to build the Cessna F406 turboprop airplane.

FAA predicts continued GA decline

Article | Mar 13, 2014

The FAA's annual forecast of air travel demand predicts steady growth in airline and cargo demand, and a steady decline in general aviation piston aircraft.

Eclipse Aerospace makes first delivery

Article | Mar 12, 2014

Eclipse Aerospace has made its first customer delivery of the Eclipse 550 twin-engine personal jet.

Aircraft maintenance: Myths, realities of engine preheating

Aircraft Maintenance | Feb 27, 2014

The engine heater and a small cabin heater have been keeping the aircraft warm and ready to go for almost two weeks. Heresy, you say? Leaving a preheater on for this long will corrode the engine, you say? Not necessarily.

Trailer released for 'Planes: Fire & Rescue'

Article | Feb 07, 2014

Disney has released a trailer for the second installment of the “Planes” franchise.

Budget plan protects GA

Advocacy | Jan 15, 2014

Key general aviation programs are protected under an omnibus spending bill passed by the House and Senate. It also prohibits new aviation user fees.

2013 advocacy lays groundwork for a busy New Year

Advocacy | Dec 30, 2013

Many of the advocacy efforts begun and sustained throughout 2013 are laying the groundwork for even bigger battles in 2014, and AOPA is ready.

GA leaders seek funding for avgas replacement certification

Article | Dec 24, 2013

GA leaders ask House and Senate appropriations subcommittee leaders to fund programs that will keep efforts to find alternatives to leaded avgas moving forward.

Proficiency: Hover like a hawk

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

Slow flight is an essential skill for pilots to understand and master, but practicing it can be a drag (literally and figuratively).

Textron to buy Beechcraft

Article | Dec 20, 2013

Cessna Aircraft owner Textron will buy Beechcraft for $1.4 billion in a major consolidation of U.S. general aviation manufacturers, multiple news outlets reported Dec. 20.

Shell reveals unleaded avgas

Article | Dec 03, 2013

Shell announced Dec. 3 the development of an unleaded aviation fuel that will be submitted for certification as a "performance drop-in" avgas replacement.

Waypoints: A blank, but not ageless canvas

Pilot Magazine | Nov 21, 2013

To those of you who bought new airplanes this year, thank you!

Swift Fuels gains ASTM approval

Article | Nov 11, 2013

An Indiana company has secured ASTM approval for a high-octane and unleaded formula that could replace 100 LL.

SAM LS: Flying the mini T-28

Article | Oct 17, 2013

Reminiscent of a Yak 52, or North American T-28 Trojan and T-6, the SAM LS light sport aircraft is the warbird of the LSA market.

Barrow honored for work on Capitol Hill

Article | Oct 10, 2013

AOPA honored Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) Oct. 10 with the Joseph B. Hartranft Jr. Award—one of the association’s two highest honors—for his unparalleled work on behalf of general aviation in the House of Representatives.

AOPA shares GA perspective as Calif. lawmakers study 100LL

Article | Sep 26, 2013

California lawmakers investigating leaded avgas heard from AOPA about the importance of keeping the fuel available and supporting efforts to find a safe, viable alternative.

Piper flies Archer on unleaded fuel

Article | Sep 11, 2013

Piper celebrated a round trip to Oshkosh, Wis., on unleaded fuel, though the fuel remains elusive. The company arranged special deliveries along the route.

Ownership: You are not alone

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Buying piston aircraft by the slice remains a boutique option available in a limited number of locations, although that may change with new players jumping into the market. Some are downright evangelical about leveraging the buying power of many pilots to refresh an aging general aviation fleet with brand-new aircraft, or expanding—dramatically—access to aircraft at the lowest possible cost.

Cessna TTx enters GA fleet

Article | Jul 01, 2013

The Cessna TTx is a piston speedster bearing a closer resemblance to a fighter than a business flier, as AOPA Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines noted. Cessna announced July 1 that the first production TTx aircraft were delivered at the end of June.

Propulsion: Where Do We Go From Here?

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

While general aviation faces numerous challenges, arguably none is bigger than the future of our powerplants. Today, most of us fly behind, next to, or in front of engines designed 70 or more years ago.

GA community works to replace 100LL

Article | Jun 20, 2013

AOPA and the GA community are committed to an unleaded future and have engaged in a program with the FAA to transition the industry to an unleaded avgas with the least impact on the existing fleet.

Used aircraft values still dropping

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Cars depreciate dramatically as they are driven off the dealer's lot and house values drop with the economy, but aircraft historically have not only kept their value, they sometimes exceeded it.

Answers for Pilots: Nontowered Airport Operations

Article | Jun 01, 2013

June Answers for Pilots discusses how to transition from towered operations to nontowered operations.

Dogfight: Twin versus single

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

There's a new dog in our fight--welcome former "AOPA Pilot" Technical Editor Pete Bedell, a frequent contributor, airline first officer, and co-owner of a Beech Baron. Let's see how he handles his debate with Senior Editor Dave Hirschman.

Efficiency: The next big thing

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

With such rapid advances in technology, big things in avionics seem to come faster and faster.

Phoenix company plans to offer aviation autogas

Article | May 23, 2013

Phoenix-based Airworthy AutoGas has announced plans to produce and distribute a high-purity, low vapor pressure, ethanol-free, 93AKI, premium unleaded auto gasoline this fall.

Pilots: Angela Masson

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

She just didn’t get it. After snagging her certificate at age 17 and setting a cross-country record flying in the Powder Puff Derby, Angela Masson’s first job was instructor for the Claire Walters Flight Academy in Santa Monica, California, which had a contract to give Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine student pilots their first 40 hours.

The G950 Meridian

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Photography by Mike Fizer No doubt about it, Piper’s Meridian has found its niche in the step-up market. Ever since the preliminary design phase in 1997, the company’s goal was to provide an easy-to-fly machine that would make for simple transitions for owner pilots coming from piston singles.

Avidyne unveils new traffic alert technology

Article | Apr 09, 2013

Avidyne Corp. President and CEO Dan Schwinn discusses the new Airborne Traffic Situational Awareness with Alerts (TSAA) system being developed in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and FAA.

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.