Amphibious Aircraft

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Yachting's LSA: Akoya luxury amphib to land in US

Article | Apr 26, 2012

A sleek amphibious airplane from France that draws design inspiration from the world of high-speed sailing is preparing to make a splash in the United States.

Tecnam’s new P92s

Article | Apr 19, 2012

Italian manufacturer Tecnam revealed a new taildragger and amphibious seaplane at the Aero show, along with hopes that they'll meet with success in the American market.

Father of Twin Bee dies at 95

Article | Apr 18, 2012

Joseph Gigante, founder of STOL Aircraft in Norwood, Mass., where he designed and produced all multiengine conversions of the famous Twin Bee amphibious aircraft, has died at 95 at his home in Westwood, Mass.

Terrafugia flying car prototype takes flight

Article | Apr 02, 2012

A production prototype of the Terrafugia Transition flying car, a combination street-legal car and airplane, flew the traffic pattern at Plattsburg, N.Y., on March 23, the company announced on April 2. It marked the first time a Terrafugia prototype has flown around the traffic pattern.

Icon touts A5 spin resistance milestone

Article | Feb 16, 2012

With a splashy Hollywood debut, sports car styling, and features including folding wings and an amphibious design, the Icon A5 has already attracted plenty of attention. On Feb. 16, the company announced the A5 has passed tests required to establish optional "spin resistant" certification under 14 CFR Part 23.

Water dog

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

The small attach points on the side of the AOPA 2012 Sweepstakes Tougher Than a Tornado Husky are easy to overlook and have no real bearing on the way the airplane flies day to day.

Rarely used Camp Pendleton restricted airspace activated

Advocacy | Jan 26, 2012

A rarely activated restricted airspace area will be activated and expanded Jan. 26 and Feb. 1 in conjunction with an amphibious military exercise near the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in southern California.

Tecnam introduces amphibious LSA

Article | Jan 05, 2012

Italian aircraft manufacturer Tecnam has added amphibious floats to its light sport aircraft, and company officials say this week’s announcement has stirred plenty of interest in advance of the first U.S. deliveries.

New Again

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2011

Repairs on AOPA’s 2012 Sweepstakes “Tougher Than a Tornado” Husky begin on a Monday morning.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2011

Mentioning certain types of military aircraft often conjures thoughts of single missions for which they were most famous. The North American B–25 Mitchell reminds us of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo (April 18, 1942), and you cannot think of the Boeing B–29 Superfortress without being reminded of the role it played in America's use of the atomic bomb to end World War II. The "Superfort" was the only airplane capable of performing that historic mission. So it was that upon completion of my feature article about the B–29 ("The Lady has a History"), I thought it remiss not to include my thoughts about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, the two most violent acts of war ever committed. Or were they?