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Initial tests completed on 'personal jet' kitplane

Article | Jul 16, 2014

Experimental kit aircraft maker Sonex announced completing “a very successful series of initial flight tests” of the SubSonex JSX-2 personal jet.

A river runs through it

Article | Jul 11, 2014

Spokane, Washington's Felts Field began in 1910, welcomed Charles Lindbergh in 1927, once served as the city’s municipal airport, and is now home to an active general aviation community that is anxious to welcome visitors to AOPA’s fourth 2014 fly-in on Aug. 16.

Citation X+ delivered

Article | Jun 30, 2014

Cessna’s Citation X+, an updated (and faster) version of the 1996 Collier Trophy winner, has been delivered. The company announced FAA certification and first delivery on June 26.

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.

Emissions tested in flight

Article | May 14, 2014

It is a mission not every pilot would relish: Deliberately fly into the wake turbulence of a DC-8.

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.

First TBM 900s delivered

Article | Mar 25, 2014

The first two TBM 900s were delivered to their owners in a ceremony held March 24 at the Fantasy of Flight Park in Polk City, Fla.

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.

Two light twins now available from Italy

Article | Mar 03, 2014

Vulcanair's VR P68R twin and its turboprop variant will bring fresh air to the U.S. multiengine market, says the manufacturer.

Beyond recurrent

Article | Jan 23, 2014

As a pilot examiner conducting in-aircraft recurrent training, I see all too often the truth of the adage that a pilot is never as proficient as the day of his checkride.

Visual Approach: Winter wonderland

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

Cameron Lawson is a rock and ice climber, whitewater kayaker, backcountry skier, photographer, and pilot.

Improve aircraft performance with more power, part 5

Aircraft Maintenance | Nov 04, 2013

Looking for more power? Start by maximizing what you already have, then check into supplemental type certificates.

Safety Pilot: Set-up stall

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Distraction is almost always a factor during an accident sequence. Nowhere is there likely to be more distraction than when arriving at a fly-in where there are many more aircraft than usual to avoid. Pilots need to be on their game and recognize that even though special ATC procedures are in effect, standard aerodynamic rules still apply. In this loss-of-control accident, the NTSB’s determination was predictable. But there was also a systemic flaw, in my view, and the arrival procedure in use was the precipitating event.

Bizjet concept aims to shatter sound barrier in near-silence

Article | Apr 30, 2013

On the ground, the sonic boom--an aerodynamic phenomenon that has stumped engineers for decades--would be as loud as rustling leaves if HyperMach Aerospace Industries succeeds in proving a business jet concept.

Thunderstorms

Article | Mar 25, 2013

The Weather Never Sleeps --> Thunderstorms A Thunderstorm Unites Just About Every Hazard Known To Aviation! BY THE FAA (From Flight Training, February 1994.) Annually, and prior to the start of the season, we publish an issue of the Air Traffic Bulletin to focus your attention on the upcoming thunderstorm season and to remind all controllers and specialists of the hazardous weather associated with it. The more we understand the severe atmospheric hazards associated with thunderstorms, the better position we are in to aid the pilot in avoiding these hazards.

Buyer confidence a 'shot in the arm' for helo industry

Article | Mar 05, 2013

The next five years will be bright for civil helicopter demand, with strong demand focused on the first three years, according to Honeywell Aerospace's helicopter outlook released March 5.

Hawker 400XPR: Back on track after delay

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2012

Midnight oil is burning at Sierra Industries.

10 questions for Dave Coulier

Article | Oct 12, 2012

Comedian and pilot Dave Coulier, best known as the loveable Uncle Joey on the 1990s sitcom "Full House", reveals how he earned his instrument rating in the busy Los Angeles airspace and how his knack for cracking jokes plays out in the air.

Aircraft starting final descent to Summit

Article | Aug 30, 2012

Aviation enthusiasts dubbed the P-51 Mustang the winner of AOPA's Favorite Aircraft Challenge this year, so it's only fitting that it make an appearance at AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, Calif., this October.

Systems Synopsis: Power control units

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2012

June 2012 Turbine Pilot Contents Quick Look Dassault Falcon 20. System Synopsis Power control units.

Hawker 4000: Lots to offer, but too late?

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2012

With its Viper-spun composite fuselage and Honeywell Epic panel, the Hawker 4000 is one of the most advanced business jets flying. Even nearly a decade late entering service, it still stands out as a highly capable super-midsize airplane. The real question is: Will Hawker Beechcraft survive long enough to leverage the enormous investment it has made in the new model?

It's Go Time

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2012

Sometimes the best takeoff decision is to keep going

'Go Fast, Slow Down'

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2012

Jets are built to go fast. This obvious fact is both what makes them so attractive to pilots, and a factor in what makes mastering jet flight a challenge.

L–39: Cool flying. 'Nuff said.

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

We take you up in the L–39 and also give you some insights on how to manage those expensive turbine engines...and a lot more

Turbine market shows mixed signals

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

Manufacturing officials look for signs of recovery.

FARs for jets

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

As if a pilot flying a jet for the first time didn't have enough to learn--what with all the new systems, aerodynamics, and performance topics to master--there also are new (to the transitioning pilot, that is) FARs with which to become familiar.

For Pax Sake

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

Beyond-the-basics tips for making your passengers comfortable.

Light Jet Face-off

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

While the skies have not been darkened by an overcast of very light jets, as some predicted nearly a decade ago, light jets have definitely created a sustainable niche since the introduction of the Cessna Citation Mustang in 2007. The Embraer Phenom 100 came along less than 18 months later, with the Brazilian company placing a firm stake in the single-pilot jet market.

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.

ISA and Cruise Planning

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

Jet pilots quickly learn that when it comes to cruise planning, higher is almost always better. Ignoring a very small increase in engine efficiency at high altitude, jets cruise at an indicated airspeed that is solely a function of fuel flow.

Showdown

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

Until the HondaJet, Cessna's new Citation M2, the Cirrus Vision SF50, the Diamond D-JET, or the new Eclipse 550 enter the light-jet arena, there will be just two serious competitors in the market for new light jets under $4 million: Cessna's Citation Mustang and Embraer's Phenom 100.

Cessna's Conquest of the turboprop market

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

AOPA owned a Cessna Conquest for some 20 years starting in the early 1980s. It was the first turbine airplane I ever flew.

Fueling traps

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

I'll be the first to admit that I've been a bit lazy during an aircraft fueling or two. The fact is that airplanes have caught on fire, run out of fuel, received contaminated fuel, or been overfueled countless times because of improper management and oversight of aircraft fueling by the flight crew. Here are two recent experiences that emphasize crew responsibilities when fueling aircraft.