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Safety Spotlight: A sign of things to come?

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2015

Pilots lament the glacial pace of progress when it comes to installing affordable modern technology and equipment into the cockpits of their aircraft.

Zenith Aircraft to host Open Hangar Day

Article | Aug 18, 2015

Zenith Aircraft Co. will host its twenty-fourth annual Open Hangar Day on Sept. 18 and 19 at its factory at Mexico Memorial Airport (MYJ) in Mexico, Missouri.

'Sportsman Pilot' back issues available online

Article | Aug 10, 2015

A popular aviation magazine that ceased publication after its founder died in 2011 is now available online, thanks to the efforts of an Illinois pilot.

How to share aviation

Article | Aug 05, 2015

Ceci Stratford, a pilot from Simi Valley, California, gives back to aviation by sponsoring Flight Training scholarships.

IMC Club on verge of merger with EAA

Article | Jul 28, 2015

IMC Club began as a way to exchange real-world instrument flight rules discussions and now the popular monthly meetings and video lesson format is on the verge of merging with the EAA.

EAA AirVenture 2015 'a tremendous week'

Article | Jul 27, 2015

As the last of the airshow performers warmed up over Wittman Regional Airport, EAA Chairman Jack Pelton said EAA AirVenture 2015 was a smashing success with increased attendance breaking early week records and something for everyone.

Urgent action needed to support medical reform; ALPA actively opposed

Advocacy | Jul 24, 2015

Momentum for third class medical reform and protections for pilots facing FAA enforcement actions continues to grow but additional support is urgently needed. The Air Line Pilots Association International is actively opposing reform.

Light fantastic

Slideshow | Jul 23, 2015

Aerobats dazzle even in the daytime, but the night airshow at EAA AirVenture is a magical sight.

Sights of Oshkosh

Slideshow | Jul 23, 2015

Pilots flocked to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to check out aircraft of all shapes and sizes at EAA AirVenture July 20 through 26.

SkiGull details revealed

Article | Jul 22, 2015

In a departure from his long-held practice of keeping his airplane projects secret while still in development, Burt Rutan used a public forum at EAA AirVenture on July 22 to reveal details of the SkiGull, an ultra-efficient, long-range seaplane capable of landing on asphalt, grass, snow, or water.

Lancairs get new cowls, chutes, and boots

Article | Jul 22, 2015

From now on, Lancair will equip its Evolution kitplanes with BRS Aerospace’s ballistic recovery parachute system as standard equipment.

Downsized Rutan designs

Article | Jul 22, 2015

Remote control modelers will have a chance to fly some of Burt Rutan's most innovative aircraft.

'You are your pilot in command'

Article | Jul 22, 2015

Sport pilot and motivational speaker Jessica Cox was born without arms, but that hasn’t stopped her from tackling everyday hurdles to live a normal life and earn her pilot certificate six years ago.

Malibu accident temporarily closes AirVenture airport

Article | Jul 22, 2015

A Piper PA-46 Malibu crashed on Runway 27 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, while arriving at EAA AirVenture just before 8 a.m. Central time July 22, according to EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski.

EAA looking for pilot safety ideas

Article | Jul 21, 2015

Have a good idea for improving aircraft safety? Enter an EAA contest kicking off later in 2015 and you could win $25,000.

LAMA President's Award goes to Jeremy Monnett of Sonex

Article | Jul 21, 2015

The Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association President's Award has been presented to the family of Sonex CEO Jeremy Monnett, who died in an aircraft accident in June. Also killed was aircraft assembly mechanic Mike Clark.

Dynon offers $590 ADS-B GPS source

Article | Jul 20, 2015

Dynon SkyView and Advanced AF-5000 customers may now add an ADS-B Out GPS source for experimental and light sport aircraft for $590.

Garmin offers ADS-B component for noncertified market

Article | Jul 16, 2015

Garmin is offering the GPS 20A, an ADS-B Out compliant WAAS GPS position source for experimental amateur-built and light sport aircraft.

Hunt for avgas replacement on target

Advocacy | Jul 16, 2015

The hunt for an unleaded replacement for avgas is continuing on target, members of the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative Steering Group said following a three-day meeting to evaluate progress.

FAA offers tips for pilots making a switch

Advocacy | Jul 14, 2015

The FAA offers tips for mitigating risk during a transition to another airplane in an updated Advisory Circular 90-109A – "Transition to Unfamiliar Aircraft" released June 29.

Question of the Month

Article | Jun 21, 2015

One of the key first steps in forming a flying club is identifying founding members. These members will be used to rally interest, guide the mission and ideals of the club, possibly help with club financing, and potentially act as future officers of the club. Most successful clubs target a few special individuals as founding members with particular areas of expertise. This month’s question of the month breaks down what to look for in finding founding members.

Women in Aviation names Sept. 26 'Girls in Aviation Day'

Article | Jun 17, 2015

Women in Aviation International has named Sept. 26 "Girls in Aviation Day," an offshoot of the organization's popular Girls in Aviation Day event held at its annual conference.

Missouri Cub Scouts learn aviation at Zenith day camp

Article | Jun 15, 2015

More than one hundred Missouri Cub Scouts climbed into cockpits, pulled rivets, and learned about aviation from pilot and Zenith Aircraft Co. President Sebastien Heintz.

Women in Aviation offers seven new scholarships for 2016

Article | Jun 08, 2015

Women in Aviation International announced seven new scholarships on June 4, including support for advanced flight training, maintenance training, and academic programs.

Ninety-Nines solo scholarship applications due July 7

Article | Jun 01, 2015

The Ninety-Nines and Experimental Aircraft Association will award $3,000 to support one young woman’s flight training through her first solo and beyond through the 2015 Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship.

Carter seeks factory

Article | May 21, 2015

After years of development, Jay Carter’s remarkable flying machine is being marketed to aerospace manufacturers.

P&E: Technique

Pilot Magazine | May 11, 2015

Not done correctly, transitioning to a larger aircraft can and has contributed to accidents.

Continental Motors enters experimental engine market

Article | May 04, 2015

Continental Motors is a player in the experimental market with its purchase of Danbury Aerospace that includes Titan Aircraft Engines.

CAFE Foundation holds ninth conference

Article | May 04, 2015

The CAFE Foundation’s Electric Aircraft Symposium is a small annual gathering, attracting 170 attendees to the Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa, California, May 1 and 2.

‘Like you’re flying a Thunderbirds solo act’

Article | Apr 30, 2015

With a single seat, an 18-foot wingspan, a stall speed of less than 60 mph, and a top speed of close to 300 mph, the SubSonex JSX-2 challenges one’s expectations of how a jet aircraft should look and act.

GA recognizes need to educate ADS-B consumers

Advocacy | Apr 22, 2015

AOPA, equipment manufacturers, and aviation associations will work together to educate aircraft owners about their options when it comes to equipping Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast products, the groups agreed during a meeting hosted by AOPA President Mark Baker at Sun 'n Fun.

A steep departure from the ordinary

Article | Apr 22, 2015

The Just Aircraft SuperSTOL Stretch XL has more power than the original model, and puts it to good use.

New Cub kit features airframe upgrades

Article | Apr 21, 2015

CubCrafters located in Yakima, Washington, has introduced the $75,000 Carbon Cub EX-2 with aileron and flap changes to make rolls crisper and speeds slower.

Four-place kit offered by Sling

Article | Apr 20, 2015

You've heard that Flight Design and Tecnam are introducing new four-place aircraft into the market, but if you want to build your own, a South African company has a solution.

Return of the autogyro

Article | Apr 20, 2015

Maybe Harold Pitcairn and patent holder Juan de la Cierva were on to something after all when they launched production of the autogyro. A Brit says he is bringing it back.

Safety

Article | Apr 19, 2015

Flying Club members are more likely to have opportunities to fly different aircraft, and getting the proper transition training can make a big different. ASI has created a new online course, Transitioning to Other Airplanes, to help pilots – whether your stepping up to a more advanced aircraft, stepping down to something lighter and less powerful, moving to an experimental, or transitioning to different avionics it’s important to know what to expect.

Virtual flights, real communications

Article | Apr 09, 2015

Pilots at Internet-connected Redbird simulators in the National Capital Area Flight Simulation Network can now practice their communications skills in a virtual environment.

NTSB alerts focus on transition training, mountain flying

Article | Apr 08, 2015

Transition training, mountain flying, and post-maintenance preflight inspections are among the topics of four National Transportation Safety Board Safety Alerts issued April 7.

Volunteers make Michigan airport a fun classroom

Advocacy | Apr 02, 2015

Pilots and other volunteers introduced aviation to about 80 students who took field trips to Michigan's Ann Arbor Municipal Airport.

AOPA, EAA leaders meet to solidify ties

Advocacy | Mar 12, 2015

Third class medical reform, the FAA’s hangar use policy, ADS-B, and growing the pilot population are among many issues that leaders of AOPA and EAA discussed during a meeting designed to further strengthen ties between the organizations.

Maine pilots hold eighth annual forum

Advocacy | Mar 11, 2015

Snow and a record cold February proved no obstacle for 65 Maine aviators who turned out Feb. 28 for the Eighth Annual Maine Aviation Forum.

Ageless aviators

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

Even in Florida, where Ponce de Leon searched in vain for a fountain of youth, the Mavericks know there’s no such thing.

Sporty’s Foundation reports grants of $148,500

Article | Mar 06, 2015

Nonprofit aviation philanthropy The Sporty’s Foundation released an annual report for 2014 listing grants totaling $148,500.

AOPA issues call to action on Pilot's Bill of Rights 2

Advocacy | Mar 02, 2015

AOPA is calling on its members to take immediate action to build support for new legislation that would reform the third class medical process and provide other protections for general aviation pilots.

Filmmakers moving forward on Burt Rutan documentary

Article | Feb 24, 2015

A career spent “democratizing flight” is entering the realm of documentary movie-making as two filmmakers launch a project to tell Burt Rutan’s story.