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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?

Mark II Cessna 206: The ultimate family truckster

Article | Sep 01, 2011

What was the first turbine single certified in America? Most of us would say the Cessna Caravan, which debuted in 1985. But no. Under a supplemental type certificate (STC) Soloy Aviation Solutions of Olympia, Washington, began modifying Cessna 206s with reverse-flow 417-shaft-horsepower Rolls-Royce/Allison 250-C2 turboshaft engines in 1983. Soloy called this modification the "Mark I" model, and it came fitted with a Soloy-designed and -manufactured propeller-reduction gearbox. In all, 85 Mark I Cessna 206 conversions were built over the years. Soloy’s Mark I kit applies to Cessna 206G and -H models built from 1977 to the present.

Rally GA: Walking the Walk

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2011

After years of evangelizing general aviation in person, in print, and online, Florida blogger Jamie Beckett became a public servant so that he could walk the walk as well as talk the talk. Beckett ran for city commissioner in Winter Haven in 2009.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

The 16-year-old boy trundled the well-seasoned Cessna 150 across the paved runway and to the end of the grass runway. Plenty of rain that northwestern Pennsylvania summer kept the grass green and dense.