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Superior Air Parts to offer Skyhawk engines

Article | Jul 28, 2014

Superior Air Parts is beginning work on a supplemental type certificate to allow use of its 180-horsepower Vantage engine on Cessna 172R and -S models.

FAA TO BEGIN EVALUATION OF UNLEADED FUEL CANDIDATES

News release | Jul 10, 2014

The search for viable replacements to leaded avgas is moving to the next stage as the FAA prepares to begin evaluating fuels submitted for testing through the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI). July 1 marked the deadline for candidate fuels to be submitted into this program.

Nine fuels vie to replace leaded avgas

Advocacy | Jul 10, 2014

The FAA has accepted nine fuels to be evaluated as potential replacements to avgas, marking a milestone in the search for an unleaded GA fuel.

Savvy Analysis: Early warning of valve trouble

Article | Jul 08, 2014

Savvy Analysis founder Mike Busch has developed an automated warning system for impending exhaust valve failures.

Van Nuys breaks ground on piston airplane home

Advocacy | Jul 03, 2014

The Park at Van Nuys Airport broke ground June 23 on a new facility dedicated to propeller aircraft, whose access to the California airport was once threatened by growing corporate use.

Power out!

Pilot Magazine | Jun 06, 2014

Passing 5,400 feet we heard a muffled pow/blam, had immediate white smoke in the cabin, and a spray pattern of oil on the windscreen. I put out an immediate mayday, and opened the window to clear the smoke.

Diamond diesel twin gets name change

Article | Jun 04, 2014

Austria-based Diamond Aircraft has renamed the DA52 jet-fuel-powered piston twin to DA62, the company announced June 4.

Museum offers inside look at Rolls-Royce, Allison engines

Article | May 21, 2014

Experience throttling up the Allison J35 turbojet engine, igniting the afterburner to produce a fuel flow that would empty a car's gas tank in 22 seconds, or debate the merits of the early Allison V1710 and Rolls-Royce Merlin engines at the interactive Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust Allison Branch museum in Indianapolis.

P&E Ownership: Anatomy of a valve failure

Pilot Magazine | May 14, 2014

New, digital borescopes allow aircraft mechanics to thoroughly inspect the inner workings of piston engines without removing cylinders, but who knows how to interpret the images they see?

Briefing: Record-setter

Pilot Magazine | May 13, 2014

Airshow performer Spencer Suderman appears to have set a new world record with an 81-turn, three-minute-plus inverted flat spin in a Pitts S–2B that took him from 23,000 feet to less than 2,000 feet over the California desert.

Aircraft shipments up

Article | May 02, 2014

Aircraft shipments and billings for the first quarter of 2014 showed signs of continued recovery, with increases in both piston and business jet sales.

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.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

What World War II training aircraft made its maiden flight on the same date—May 15, 1939—that AOPA was founded?

OpenAirplane expands to individual aircraft owners

Article | Apr 03, 2014

OpenAirplane has expanded its network of rental aircraft to individual owners who can make their airplanes available to a growing pool of pilots.

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.