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Couple donates Twin Bee to Vermont school

Article | Apr 02, 2014

Californians Jeanette and Roger Glazer have enjoyed their Twin Bee UC-1 for the past six years, but recently considered selling it. Instead the Seaplane Pilots Association convinced the couple to donate their storied aircraft.

LAMA looks to future of light sport industry

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Light sport aircraft manufacturers may take on a growing share of general aviation aircraft deliveries, according to an industry forecast and analysis by the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association.

Briefing: Light Sport industry report card

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

Industry leaders at the U.S. Light Sport Expo in Sebring, Florida, in January were asked to grade the success of the Light Sport Aircraft (LSA).

Letters: Mighty Seabird

Pilot Magazine | Jan 17, 2014

Barry Schiff’s story on the Grumman HU–16B Albatross and his reflections on “A Bygone Era” had readers flying down memory lane.

New amphibian born of frustration

Article | Jan 08, 2014

Many pilots have been frustrated in their search for an aircraft that perfectly suits their particular mission. Very few do what John Meekins did: start from scratch.

Harley in the sky

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

When Darin Hart hears his Super Legend—the king of the American Legend Aircraft line of Cub-alike tailwheel airplanes—he hears in his heart a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Yacht in the air

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

There’s a good chance you’ve used Row 44’s satellite-based, in-flight Wi-Fi system as an airline passenger.

Weekend seaplane odyssey

Article | Nov 13, 2013

As a baker's dozen of pilots discover, moving five seaplanes--four of them on straight floats--1,200 nm from Minneapolis to Florida is an adventure in flying, and a lesson in human relations.

Greenville Seaplane Fly-In celebrates 40th year

Slideshow | Sep 18, 2013

At a time when airports are hemmed in by high fences, barbed wire, and security gates, seaplanes provide rare direct public access to airplanes.

Innovators display technology, seek deals at new pavilion

Article | Jul 31, 2013

An unmanned aircraft that combines characteristics of an airplane, hang glider, and dirigible; a diesel-electric hybrid amphibian; and Jetman are among the exhibitors granted free space in the EAA Innovations Pavilion, a new feature for EAA AirVenture in 2013.

Catalina airshow returns backed by Scheyden

Article | Jul 12, 2013

After thrilling audiences with a water-powered jet pack, DC-3, Grumman Albatross, and more in 2012, the Catalina Air Show and Festival appeared to be a one-time event--until Scheyden Precision Eyewear stepped in to sponsor the show for its second year.

Competitor to Icon emerges

Article | Jul 09, 2013

After several years, Independent Aircraft has begun producion engineering on a design of light sport amphibious aircraft that looks similar to the Icon A5.

Plane spotter: Bound to make waves

Article | Jun 27, 2013

Even veteran plane spotters may be in over their heads trying to identify this combination boat and airplane.

Icon raises $60 million to produce A5

Article | Jun 20, 2013

Icon Aircraft announced that $60 million has been raised to support regulatory compliance and production of the new A5. The FAA has yet to rule on Icon’s request for an exemption to light sport aircraft weight limits the company sought citing safety benefits.

Beaver Checkout

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Turning final for a water landing on a placid lake, the de Havilland DHC–2 Beaver seems perfectly matched to its purpose.

Icon seeks FAA answer by May 31

Article | May 23, 2013

Kirk Hawkins, CEO and founder of Icon Aircraft, has asked the FAA to issue a final decision by May 31 on his exemption request to increase the weight of his Icon A5 amphibious LSA by 250 pounds.

FAA seeks Icon data for LSA weight increase

Article | May 02, 2013

A decision in the May 2012 request from Icon Aircraft to the FAA for an exemption that would allow Icon’s A5 amphibious aircraft to weigh 250 pounds more than current light sport aircraft limits for seaplanes has again been delayed.

LSA buyers 'waiting' to purchase

Article | Jan 18, 2013

Light attendance, the absence of large exhibitors of the past, and a market that appears mired in indecision marked the beginning of the light sport aircraft show in Sebring, Fla., this week. The good news is that there are LSA aircraft available for less than $85,000. Want an American-built engine? Continental and Lycoming officials tell you which models have their engines.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2013

letters.html A former AOPA vice president of public relations, Charles Spence, celebrated the life of William Piper Sr. on the seventy-fifth anniversary of Piper Aircraft.

AOPA Legacy Society assures GA’s future

Article | Dec 20, 2012

Here’s a good reason to act on the decision to make a long-term commitment to support general aviation: GA pilots are helping science improve the health of our planet.

SeaRey approved as a light sport aircraft

Article | Nov 26, 2012

The SeaRey, offered as a kit for 20 years, will now be available as a factory-built light sport aircraft.

Above the Mississippi River

Article | Nov 05, 2012

Winds are usually the most relevant item for pilots on any ATIS recording - but not on this trip. When flying an open AirCam late in the flying season at Crystal Airport just north of Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota, temperatures are paramount. And the ATIS numbers on this autumn morning were daunting. Temperature: minus 4. Dew point: minus 9.

AirCam river run

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2012

Following the Mississippi low and slow.