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Turbine Pilot Special Section: The Next Airplane

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

John Hayes’ two-decade march through airplanes of ever-increasing capability and complexity seems, in hindsight, as if it were carefully planned from the start. ‘AOPA Pilot’, Turbine Edition, OCTOBER 2009 Table of Contents D-JET Dawn Moving to turbine power Up and coming The next airplane Brazilian breakaway Before you buy, prebuy It wasn’t.

Turbine Pilot Special Section: Moving to turbine power

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

Since November 2008, turbine flying has taken a body-blow. That’s when Ford, GM, and Chrysler executives flew to Washington, D.C., to ask Congress for bailout money.

Starting a revolution

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2009

From its Los Angeles loft offices to its desert flight test location, to its sports-car design and action-sports marketing, ICON Aircraft consciously sets itself far apart from the staid traditions of Wichita aircraft manufacturers. ICON’s sleek, folding-wing amphibian, the A5, first rolled out at a glitzy, star-studded Hollywood party instead of an industrial hangar.

AirCam: Dream Machine

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2009

The first takeoff is always a little unnerving. It’s not just that you’re sitting in a flying canoe, or that you’re climbing as fast as a business jet.

Pilotage: The price of fuel

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2009

Mark Twombly is the AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer at Page Field in Florida. Last month I wondered why general aviation isn’t flying more now that the price of fuel has dropped back down from its recent highs.

Turbine Pilot: Thrill from Brazil

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2009

Embraer’s Phenom 100 is the latest entrant in the light jet market, and this may work to its advantage in the long run. The airplane presents its competitors—chiefly Cessna’s Mustang, in Embraer’s eyes—with a number of design and performance strengths, all of them the product of Embraer’s 40-year experience in building regional airliners.

Pilotage: Fuel, flying, and the future

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2009

Fuel, flying, and the future Mark R. Twombly writes from Southwest Florida, where he enjoys abundant VFR weather.

Epilot (70)

Article | May 01, 2009

The May 1, 2009, issue of the weekly email newsletter from AOPA.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2009

Husky now available with glass cockpit Aviat Aircraft in Afton, Wyoming, can claim to be the first original equipment manufacturer to offer the option of the Garmin G600 glass cockpit, now available in the popular Husky A–1C tandem-seat tailwheel aircraft. Along with the G600, a $53,000 option, comes a wider door on both the 180-horsepower and the 200-horsepower Husky models.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

GENERAL A pilot flying over a desolate, remote part of the country notices a downed airplane that apparently is the result of an accident. How would he know if that aircraft had already been reported and identified? From reader Dan Stroud: What unusual side effect did the astronauts of NASA’s Apollo missions experience when drinking water produced by the fuel cells? Ten gallons of avgas plus four quarts of oil cost $60.20.

Waypoints: The owner-hindered annual inspection

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

Editor in Chief Tom Haines owns a Beechcraft Bonanza A36, hangared in Frederick, Maryland. The regulations are rather clear about what a pilot who is not a certificated maintenance technician can do to maintain and repair his airplane.

Turbine Pilot: Old Idea, New Terms

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2009

The transition from piston aircraft pilot to commander of a turboprop or even a pure jet often demands a variety of new skills based on concepts first learned during private pilot training. Consider the efforts to sort out the differences between a glass cockpit and one with steam gauges.

AOPA Foundation: Building the pillars

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2009

What are the four areas of general aviation that, if not addressed, will threaten its future survival? And, once identified, how would the association address the issues? These are the tough questions that have consumed AOPA staff, its board of trustees, and its management team. Months of hard work and behind-the-scenes meetings have culminated in The AOPA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation, which through tax-deductible donations will fund efforts to address four key initiatives to ensure the future of GA, and which was officially announced at AOPA Expo 2008.

Pilotage: Twice the work, half the pay

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2008

Mark R. Twombly is an aviation writer and pilot living in Southwest Florida.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2008

SkyCatcher changes to be small The crash of the prototype SkyCatcher in September during flight testing will result in only small modifications where appropriate, a Cessna Aircraft Company spokeswoman said. There was no information at press time on whether there might be program delays for the two-seat aircraft, which will become Cessna’s entry into the light sport aircraft market.

Turbine Edition: Acquisitions

Article | Oct 01, 2008

For the guy who has everything OK, Father’s Day rolled around again and you, once again, committed the buy-him-a-tie copout. Now nears a landmark birthday.

Turbine Edition: Forecast

Article | Oct 01, 2008

Up signs in a down economy Small turbine aircraft catering to owner-operators and other customers continue to sell remarkably well. The established players and products in this market are prospering.

Turbine Edition: Market Watch

Article | Oct 01, 2008

Shakeout may be a mild characterization of the once populous field known as Very Light Jets. Adam Aircraft, manufacturer of the certified A-500 tandem piston twin and the prototype A-700 twin jet, declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy and its assets were sold to Russian investors for an undisclosed price rumored to be just north of $10 million.

Turbine Edition: New vs. Used

Article | Oct 01, 2008

Conventional wisdom: There’s a direct correlation between U.S. corporate profits and business jet sales.

Turbine Edition: Fly Your Own

Article | Oct 01, 2008

The first turbine airplane that actor Harrison Ford purchased to fly personally was a Cessna Caravan in 2000. He used it as he has all of his subsequent turbine machines, for business, pleasure, and to commute between his homes in Los Angeles and Jackson, Wyoming.

Turbine Pilot: Turboprop Transition

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2008

One of the classic ironies of aviation is that modern turboprop engines—paragons of power and reliability they may be—are far more fragile during the startup sequence than piston engines. Two things have to happen to ensure a successful turboprop start.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

Alaska pilots aid flood watch Next time you’re telling your non-pilot friends what general aviation does, here’s a service to add to the list: flood-watch prediction in Alaska. Alaska pilots took these pictures with digital cameras as part of the River Watch Program and e-mailed them to the National Weather Service Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Office in Anchorage.

Avionics: Honeywell IPFD: No More Weather

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2008

Modern aircraft are marvels of engineering but they still fly into the ground on a fairly frequent basis. And pilots continue to lose control of them, especially when visibility is restricted.

Technique: I Wear My Sunglasses at Night

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2008

The cold night wind swirls through the rear cockpit of the Waco YMF Super as I tuck my chin, turtle-like, into the warmth of my jacket’s upturned collar. I’ve flown this gorgeous biplane around the Atlanta area countless times in the last five years in my weekend job as a scenic rides pilot.

Turbine Pilot: King Air C90GTI: More Power, More Panel

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2008

Routings: Flying High Turbine Talk: Specific Range All the attention given to the burgeoning light and very light business jet market obscures a significant fact: Turboprops are alive and well. Just look at Hawker Beechcraft’s King Air line of turboprop twins.

Cirrus SR20-G3: Reaching Maturity

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2008

One hallmark of a maturing aircraft design is a plan for continual upgrade. This path appears firmly established for the Cirrus Design SR20, and the newly launched Generation Three (G3) variant of the 200-horsepower single reveals the manufacturer’s growing confidence and responsiveness to customer input.

Turbine Pilot: Citation Encore+: The Encore's Encore

Article | Apr 01, 2008

Cessna’s new Encore+ is the latest entry in the Citation 560 series of “middle-weight” business jets. Like its predecessors in the 560 series (the Citations V, V Ultra, and Encore) the Encore+ brings incremental improvements to this popular straight-wing design.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2008

The best of the best Members vote for the best AOPA Pilot covers from the past 50 years A magazine’s cover is in many ways its prime identity. It’s the first glimpse of what’s to come after the issue arrives in the mail.

Turbine Pilot: Pressure Pointers

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2008

Turbine aircraft engines are happiest flying high where fuel flows diminish and true airspeeds increase, but altitude is less friendly to humans. Oxygen that our lungs can extract from the atmosphere decreases with altitude.

Diamond DA40XLS: Diamond’s luxury single

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2008

Since 2002, Diamond Aircraft Industries, Inc. has been mining the success of its popular DA40 Diamond Star piston singles.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2007

75 years of Beechcraft Seventy-five years of history in any industry is a milestone—in general aviation, it's nearly the entire lifespan. Although other aircraft companies in Wichita have been around longer, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation knew it had an opportunity to pull out all the stops for its diamond jubilee, to make this one really count.

Turbine Edition: Acquisitions

Article | Oct 01, 2007

Take the plunge Me Tarzan, you Jane. This is what you say from your swing seat that hangs over your private plunge pool in your room.

Turbine Edition: Going Solo

Article | Oct 01, 2007

Turbine-powered airplanes originally were only accessible to professional pilots in a crew environment. But in 1964, Beech installed some Pratt & Whitney turboprop engines on a Queen Air and brought the kerosene age to pilots wanting to fly such aircraft solo.

AOPA Action in California

Article | Aug 01, 2007

Camarillo may get 1,350 homes near downwind Technically it's not in violation of land-use plans, but 1,350 homes are proposed close enough to Camarillo Airport to cause concern about homeowner complaints affecting airport operations. AOPA is opposed to the development, since historically home developments near airports have led to homeowner complaints that put pressure on the airport to reduce or restrict operations.

On Display

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2007

Enhanced vision systems to see the unseen The wind howled and the moon hid below the trees. It was not a good night in Nashua.

On Display

Article | Aug 01, 2007

Enhanced vision systems to see the unseen The wind howled and the moon hid below the trees. It was not a good night in Nashua.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2007

GENERAL From reader Andrew Doorey: What popular and well-known U.S. general aviation airport has fewer official residents in the community after which the airport is named than are carried aboard many of the airplanes that land there? World War I fighter airplanes had open cockpits.

Wx Watch: Tools of the Trade

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2007

Back when I learned to fly, small general aviation airplanes had no cockpit tools for avoiding thunderstorms. It was just you, your eyeballs, and, if you were lucky, information from flight watch.

Turbine Pilot

Article | Jun 01, 2007

Plenty of customers bet on Cessna's entry into the light-jet race — and won. Cessna Aircraft came late to the very-light-jet (VLJ) party.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2007

Big Bopper's death still raising questions The music might have died in 1959, but the investigation continues. Forensic anthropologist William Bass, founder of the research facility at Knoxville's University of Tennessee Forensic Anthropology Facility, nicknamed the "Body Farm," has been hired by the son of J.P.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2007

Cessna makes design changes to its LSA While Cessna officials are continuing to evaluate the market prospects for the Cessna Sport, a light sport aircraft (LSA), they already know of some design changes they would like to make. The amount of fuel carried will be reduced from the present 30-gallon total to aid the aircraft's useful load.

Beechcraft Premier 1A

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2007

This plush hot rod gets an A for effort Raytheon Aircraft Co., as far as we know, isn't concerned with the very-light-jet (VLJ) groundswell. Instead, its jets are designed for a blend of speed, interior spaciousness, and comfort.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2007

For the last year, AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Thomas A. Horne has spent most of his time seeing AOPA's sweepstakes Piper Cherokee Six through its refurbishment process.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2007

Have your own 'Personal Blimp' A Massachusetts company does not claim to have invented the hot air airship, but it does want to provide, among other things, something more spiritual: air therapy. By combining the best of what powered and lighter-than-air technology has to offer, Skyacht Aircraft Inc.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2006

The dawn of human-powered flight You might think you need Lance Armstrong's quads to attempt human-powered flight, but a group in Canada says you really don't need to be a seven-time Tour de France winner to leave the ground. The project is the brainchild of a retired research scientist with an appropriate last name, Richard Synergy, of Toronto, Canada.

AOPA's Win a Six in '06 Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2006

A one-of-a-kind classic's upgrade odyssey It seems like yesterday, but it was 15 long months ago that I flew AOPA's Win a Six in '06 Sweepstakes airplane — a newly purchased 1967 Piper Cherokee Six 260 — from Texas to Arkansas for the first of its many refurbishment sessions. In the year that followed, this sweepstakes airplane underwent a massive reconstruction.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2006

The AOPA Pilot staff will be reporting on new products from AOPA Expo in Palm Springs in November. Check out the coverage at Virtual Expo.

G36 Bonanza

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2006

The Garminized Bonanza For many pilots, the venerable Beechcraft Bonanza represents the ultimate piston single. From its first appearance in 1947 as a smallish, all-metal four-seater with a distinctive, futuristic-looking V-tail, the airplane has been a leader in style, speed, handling qualities, and sales.

Rocky Mountain Low

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2006

I was the new guy flying for a charter company based out of Teterboro, New Jersey. I had just 70.7 hours of jet time, and the ink was barely dry on my Challenger type rating.