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Smith Field: Airport of dreams

Advocacy | Apr 16, 2014

Smith Field in Fort Wayne, Ind., has withstood three separate attacks—in the 1970s, 1990s, and 2002—to close it and redevelop the land. Now, it's thriving.

FAA announces rulemaking on third-class medical

Advocacy | Apr 02, 2014

The FAA has announced plans to go through a rulemaking process that could result in thousands more pilots being allowed to fly without a third class medical.

Tri-Motor offers vintage flying experience

Article | Apr 02, 2014

The Ford Tri-Motor passenger briefing covers the usual items, with a few twists—like the fact that one emergency exit is through the roof, or that you’ll need to climb uphill through the aisle to get to your seat.

Fly for $300 a month, Baker says

Article | Apr 02, 2014

With the high cost of avgas and new aircraft prices soaring, is it possible to fly for $200 or $300 a month? "The answer is, you can," said AOPA President Mark Baker at a panel discussion April 1.

Experimental avionics in Flight Design C4

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Flight Design and Garmin will pioneer the use of experimental avionics with its four-seat, composite C4 aircraft.

Garmin G3X Touch an all-in-one avionics suite

Article | Mar 25, 2014

Garmin’s new G3X Touch for Experimental and light sport aircraft includes synthetic vision with highway-in-the-sky guidance, a color moving map with terrain warnings, weather and traffic, a digital autopilot, a graphic engine monitor, communications radio, and transponder with ADS-B Out.

Minnesota aviation gathering attracts over 800 attendees

Advocacy | Mar 24, 2014

The first Minnesota Pilots Association Great Aviation Gathering welcomed more than 800 attendees who had access to aviation seminars, exhibits, and opportunities for pilots and nonpilots.

Agreement assures ATC services at AirVenture through 2022

Article | Mar 21, 2014

The Experimental Aircraft Association has entered into an agreement with the FAA that will assure the availability of air traffic control services for EAA AirVenture.

Kansas advances tax relief

Advocacy | Mar 17, 2014

Tax relief legislation backed by AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association is advancing in Kansas.

Cost comparison

Pilot Magazine | Mar 11, 2014

A visitor pulled up to my hangar in an S-class Mercedes recently with a few questions—and assumptions—about flying.

'Gather on!'

Advocacy | Mar 06, 2014

Pilots from Maine and New England turned out in numbers for the annual Maine Aviation Forum hosted by EAA Chapter 1434.

San Diego finalizes rule to vet flight schools

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2014

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a rule imposing local certification requirements for flight schools training foreign students despite community opposition.

Homebuilt-aircraft tax credit passes in SD

Advocacy | Feb 20, 2014

The South Dakota Legislature has passed and forwarded to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for signing a bill providing relief from double taxation for aircraft homebuilders.

Wisconsin protects private airfields

Advocacy | Feb 20, 2014

A bill that would protect private airfield owners from liability, similar to measures adopted in growing number across the country, has won final legislative approval in Wisconsin.

Calif. county orders security checks

Advocacy | Feb 06, 2014

San Diego County in California is moving forward an ordinance that creates a significant new burden for flight schools.

Rans to offer new light sport by mid-summer

Article | Jan 24, 2014

Rans Designs has combined the best features of two models to come up with the S-20 Raven kitplane that is soon to be a factory-built light sport aircraft.

Henry Ogrodzinski, lifetime aviation advocate, has died

Article | Jan 23, 2014

The aviation community is mourning the loss of one of its most devoted advocates with the death of Henry M. Ogrodzinski.

Liability protection closer for Wisconsin private airfields owners

Article | Jan 16, 2014

A key Wisconsin assembly committee has passed a bill to provide liability protection for private airfield owners.

Larkins on Forbes list

Article | Jan 08, 2014

Ascension Air founder Jamail Larkins has been ranked once again among the nation’s top young entrepreneurs, this time by Forbes magazine.

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.

President's Position: Working together

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

America may be the land of the rugged individualist, but there are times when it’s best not to go it alone. That goes for organizations as well as people.

AirVenture 2013

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

EAA AirVenture is traditionally viewed as a showcase for the lighter end of general aviation, with the emphasis on the Experimental, amateur-built category.

Young blood

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

At 7 o’clock on a June morning—an hour when many teenagers on summer vacation still would be asleep—eight high school students form an attentive group around a Glasair Aviation employee.

Epic LT: Seeing is believing

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

The Epic LT’s sleek looks aren’t deceiving. The six-seat, 1,200-horsepower kitbuilt speedster is all about going fast and far.

GA Survey depends on pilot responses

Article | Sep 03, 2013

The final outreach effort of the thirty-fifth annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) has begun.

EAA Founder Paul Poberezny dies

Article | Aug 22, 2013

Paul Poberezny, the energetic, charismatic, and personable founder of the Experimental Aircraft Association, died Aug. 22 at the age of 91.

Participation urged in annual GA survey

Article | Aug 02, 2013

The thirty-fifth annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey is under way, and members who have received an invitation are urged to participate.

eSpyders hit the market

Article | Aug 02, 2013

GreenWing International, an arm of Chinese electric airplane design firm Yuneec International, is now offering its eSpyder 280 for sale as an experimental-category, amateur-built kit in the United States.

AOPA Insurance offers guidance to pilots, owners

Article | Aug 01, 2013

AOPA Insurance Services representatives have played instrumental roles in EAA AirVenture 2013 panels, offering advice on insurance protection for pilots and aircraft owners and covering topics that include the right level of aircraft coverage and risk management for aircraft.

Hartzell to sponsor Team AeroDynamix

Article | Aug 01, 2013

Hartzell Propeller has installed its newest composite props on Team AeroDynamix aircraft and will sponsor the 12-airplane formation group for the next five years.

Glasair highlights diesel project, teen builders

Article | Aug 01, 2013

Kitplane company Glasair Aviation said at EAA AirVenture that it is moving forward with DeltaHawk Diesel Engines on a diesel engine installation for the Sportsman.

Avionics: ADS-B strategies emerge

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Not long after the FAA took a giant step toward Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) implementation in late May 2010, when it issued a final rule requiring many aircraft to equip with ADS-B Out capability by 2020, we said the smart move was to do nothing right away (“Next Step Toward NextGen,” August 2010 AOPA Pilot).

Efficiency: Perfect pitch

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Unmanned aircraft and airboats would seem to have little to offer general aviation, but growth in the two industries is spurring advancements in propeller design and other technologies—with positive implications for aircraft owners and pilots.

All-electric eSpyder ready for market

Article | Jul 31, 2013

GreenWing International, a company formed by Chinese electric aviation firm Yuneec, showed off its new eSpyder E280 for the first time at EAA AirVenture.

Pelton: EAA president search on hold

Article | Jul 29, 2013

Nine months after then-president Rod Hightower departed the Experimental Aircraft Association and former Cessna CEO Jack Pelton stepped into the role of chairman, Pelton told media at EAA AirVenture that the board was in no rush to find a new president.

Sonex accepting deposits for personal jet

Article | Jul 28, 2013

For the price of a new light sport aircraft, you could build your own single-seat jet, and Sonex Aircraft is ready to take your deposit on a kit.

Experimental avionics maker Dynon buys Advanced Flight Systems

Article | Jul 25, 2013

The expiremental avionics market has experienced some consolidation in recent years, and this week Dynon added to that trend when it acquired Advanced Flight Systems.

Lindbergh flies, praises eSpyder electric ultralight

Article | Jul 24, 2013

GreenWing International has landed a high-profile, post-flight endorsement from Erik Lindbergh for its single-seat, all-electric eSpyder.

PS Engineering announces new audio options

Article | Jul 24, 2013

PS Engineering has certified an audio panel with integrated com radio, and is also offering a space-saving solution for homebuilt panels.

EAA, CAF to hold heavy bomber weekend

Article | Jul 16, 2013

The Experimental Aircraft Association and Commemorative Air Force are holding a “Heavy Bomber Weekend,” a rare gathering of historic World War II aircraft.

Propulsion: Where Do We Go From Here?

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

While general aviation faces numerous challenges, arguably none is bigger than the future of our powerplants. Today, most of us fly behind, next to, or in front of engines designed 70 or more years ago.