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Repair of a Lifetime

Pilot Magazine | Nov 05, 2015

Complicated wing rebuild tests a mechanic’s skills

Continental adds cylinder coatings

Article | Nov 04, 2015

Continental Motors has added nickel silicon carbide coatings across its entire line of products to avoid corrosion and increase hardness against wear.

Wheels Up unveils breast cancer awareness 'Pink Plane'

Article | Sep 29, 2015

Wheels Up is taking breast cancer awareness to new heights when the membership-based private aviation company’s specially outfitted pink Beechcraft King Air 350i takes off to invite contributions Oct. 1.

Pilot Briefing: Budget Buy

Pilot Magazine | Sep 29, 2015

Beechcraft Skipper is a classy act

Progress steady on avgas replacement search

Advocacy | Sep 21, 2015

One year after four fuels were selected for testing as potential replacements for leaded avgas, progress remains steady and the first phase of testing should be completed on schedule in late 2015.

FAA numbers show GA's future

Article | Sep 08, 2015

Maybe you saw these earlier this year. If not, here are numbers from the FAA forecast showing where general aviation is headed.

Flying shark eats records

Article | Sep 03, 2015

Powered by one very souped-up Cessna Skyhawk engine, a prototype from Brazil has claimed speed and climb marks that shatter records.

P&E: Savvy Maintenance

Pilot Magazine | Sep 03, 2015

One of the most significant announcements, at this year’s EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh was that Continental Motors had acquired the assets of Danbury AeroSpace of San Antonio, Texas.

The future is here

Pilot Magazine | Sep 03, 2015

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if aircraft engines could inform us, many flight hours in advance, of internal problems that could lead to an in-flight failure?

Safety Pilot: Watch that basket

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2015

One of the challenges pilots face in powered flight is what to do when the flight becomes unpowered. Clyde Cessna noted nearly a century ago that, “If the engine stops for any reason, you are due to tumble, and that’s all there is to it!” 

Overhauling overhauls

Article | Aug 18, 2015

New website Overhaulbids.com aims to help aircraft owners make confident, well-informed decisions about aircraft engine overhauls.

Textron acting on 2012 idea for turboprop

Article | Jul 28, 2015

First announced by the former Hawker Beechcraft in 2012 as part of a new family of piston and turboprop aircraft, Textron Aviation is planning a 280-knot turboprop.

Swift Fuels to offer 94 MON avgas

Article | Jul 23, 2015

Swift Fuels is once again creating a buzz in the general aviation world with the announcement that it will produce 94 MON avgas.

Lancairs get new cowls, chutes, and boots

Article | Jul 22, 2015

From now on, Lancair will equip its Evolution kitplanes with BRS Aerospace’s ballistic recovery parachute system as standard equipment.

Rotax dials up the power

Article | Jul 21, 2015

Rotax on July 21 introduced its most powerful engine yet—the 135-horsepower 915 iS.

Gemini diesel to fly on American Legend Cub

Article | Jul 20, 2015

Superior Air Parts will launch its 100-horsepower Gemini diesel engine on the light sport American Legend Cub; the engine will be a factory option for the entire line of American Legend Aircraft.

Hunt for avgas replacement on target

Advocacy | Jul 16, 2015

The hunt for an unleaded replacement for avgas is continuing on target, members of the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative Steering Group said following a three-day meeting to evaluate progress.

Buried in a boneyard

Pilot Magazine | Jul 06, 2015

'That’s All, Brother' navigated through intense German fire and low clouds to drop the first Allied troops to land in Normandy, France, on D-Day, commencing Operation Overlord.

House passes transportation appropriations bill

Advocacy | Jun 10, 2015

A major transportation funding bill passes the House while an AOPA-opposed amendment to limit operations at Bob Hope Airport in California is defeated.

P&E: Dogfight

Pilot Magazine | Jun 10, 2015

Senior Editors Jill W. Tallman and Dave Hirschman are making the trek to Oshkosh for the really big show—should they fly over Lake Michigan or not?<

Sonex CEO Jeremy Monnett killed in aircraft accident

Article | Jun 03, 2015

Sonex Aircraft CEO Jeremy Monnett and assembly mechanic Mike Clark were killed June 2 in an aircraft accident near the company’s headquarters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Cessna halts orders for diesel Cessna 182

Article | May 14, 2015

Cessna Aircraft has confirmed no new purchase agreements are being accepted for the Cessna 182 JT-A diesel-engine Skylane, and numerous dealers have confirmed the project is on hold indefinitely.

Continental Motors enters experimental engine market

Article | May 04, 2015

Continental Motors is a player in the experimental market with its purchase of Danbury Aerospace that includes Titan Aircraft Engines.

Diamond DA62 EASA-certified

Article | Apr 30, 2015

Diamond Aircraft’s new flagship, the diesel piston twin DA62, has been certified in Europe. The twin comes in two configurations, with five seats or seven.

Presidential restoration

Article | Apr 29, 2015

Former presidential aircraft Columbine II, which may have been the first to fly as “Air Force One,” is on track for restoration.

Super Legend Cub boasts 180 hp

Article | Apr 22, 2015

American Legend won approval two years ago to put a 180-horsepower engine on the Super Legend Cub, and now they've done it.

Continental, Chinese university partner on GA training

Article | Apr 17, 2015

Continental Motors Group and the Civil Aviation University of China have signed a memorandum of understanding to support growing demand for general aviation in China, Continental announced April 15.

Test pilot leads Textron pistons

Article | Apr 08, 2015

Doug May, named Textron Aviation's piston airplane chief April 3, said, “I consider myself one of those passionate aviation enthusiasts.” May spoke to AOPA about his plans for the future.

Drop in chopper shipments a concern, analyst says

Article | Feb 11, 2015

Analyst Brian Foley says a drop in shipments for helicopters as shown in the General Aviation Manufacturers Association report represents a concern for the future.

P&E Ownership

Pilot Magazine | Feb 04, 2015

By even the most optimistic estimates, it will take at least two more decades before Jet A becomes a dominant fuel in the U.S. piston aircraft fleet.

Diesels on the cusp

Article | Dec 23, 2014

After years of waiting, 2015 may prove to be a very important year in the development of compression-ignition (diesel) aircraft engines.

California Prop 65 avgas lawsuit settled

Article | Dec 15, 2014

The Center for Environmental Health, an Oakland, California-based nonprofit, has settled a 2011 lawsuit it brought against numerous aviation fuel suppliers in the state, the group announced Dec. 12.

Small airplanes bounce back

Article | Nov 13, 2014

An upswing in the long-languishing small aircraft market is among the indications that have one analyst predicting the doldrums may finally be behind us.

Quick Look: Piper Meridian

Pilot Magazine | Nov 11, 2014

Piper’s Meridian is an outgrowth of the Malibu/Mirage design that utilizes a 500-shaft-horsepower Pratt & Whitney PT6-42A in place of a 350-horsepower Lycoming or 310-horsepower Continental piston engine.

Test Pilot

Article | Nov 07, 2014

What was America’s first production turboprop-powered airplane?

Silent night

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

>During a recent gathering of local pilots, some were surprised to learn that I rarely fly cross-country at night in single-engine airplanes.

GAMA releases upbeat manufacturing report

Article | Oct 31, 2014

Increased aircraft shipments and billings in the third quarter of 2014 support optimism that the industry continues its emergence from recession, said the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

What’s in your hangar?

Pilot Magazine | Oct 03, 2014

For more than 25 years, the FAA has taken the position that hangars at federally funded airports should be reserved for aeronautical use.

10-step program

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

Regular piston engine oil changes are a waste of money—why not just top it off occasionally? And adding all the way to the fill line is crazy, right?

High hopes

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

The headline on the press release caught my eye for two reasons: “Textron Aviation Independence facility delivers 10,000th single-engine aircraft.”

FAA names Crown to support unleaded fuel tests

Advocacy | Oct 01, 2014

A consulting firm that specializes in helping the FAA and NASA manage research will help develop an unleaded fuel for the general aviation fleet.

AOPA hosts fuels presentation at NASAO conference

Advocacy | Sep 11, 2014

State and local aviation officials recently learned about the latest efforts to transition from 100LL avgas to an unleaded fuel and got an update on the initiative to reform third class medical certification.

FAA selects four unleaded fuels for testing

Advocacy | Sep 08, 2014

The FAA has selected four unleaded aviation fuels to undergo initial testing at the agency's William J. Hughes Technical Center. Two fuels developed by Swift Fuels and one fuel each developed by Shell and TOTAL will undergo laboratory and rig testing beginning this fall and concluding in fall 2015.