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Visual Approach: Boom Times

Pilot Magazine | Apr 08, 2014

A flood of surplus aircraft, affordable prices, and new models stoked a boom in general aviation sales in the 1960s and 1970s.

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.

Rotorcraft Rookie: The best study materials

Rotorcraft Rookie | Apr 01, 2014

Although there may be more books and reference materials in the fixed-wing world, most helicopter study materials are really well done.

Controllers assisted in weather, engine-outs, more

Article | Mar 27, 2014

On March 26, 23 controllers were honored for assisting pilots in 2013 with the Air Safety Institute’s Flight Assist Commendation Awards.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Round and round he goes

Rotorcraft Rookie | Mar 20, 2014

Solo practice in a helicopter is restricted to more or less pounding the pattern.

Textron completes Beech buy

Article | Mar 17, 2014

Cessna Aircraft parent Textron has closed a $1.4 billion deal to buy Beechcraft Corp., including Beechcraft's Hawker jet brand.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Robinson factory tour

Rotorcraft Rookie | Mar 13, 2014

Touring an aircraft factory is the only way to see everything that goes into your flying machine.

Pilots: Steve Stafford

Pilot Magazine | Mar 06, 2014

Pilots who saw the 1998 motion picture, Six Days, Seven Nights, might have wondered how a de Havilland Beaver could be ditched near the rugged shoreline of Kauai.

Aviation associations ask Senate to pass sleep apnea bill

Advocacy | Mar 05, 2014

Nine aviation organizations have asked senators to support legislation compelling the FAA to go through the rulemaking process for new policies on sleep disorders.

First helicopter solo

Rotorcraft Rookie | Mar 03, 2014

Can there be such a thing as a second first solo? A fixed-wing pilot tests the theory in a helicopter.

Robinson continues strong results

Article | Mar 03, 2014

Robinson Helicopter continues to push forward with improvements and reported strong yearly results.

Rig approach system eases pilot workload

Article | Feb 26, 2014

A new technology solution promises to ease pilot workload and increase safety in what must surely be among the most dangerous flying environments anywhere—instrument conditions over the open seas near an oil rig.

Sikorsky counts on foreign military sales

Article | Feb 26, 2014

While U.S. military spending is down and foreign spending is climbing, helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky nonetheless is planning a series of layoffs of salaried employees over the next few weeks.

Training Tip: A good mix

Article | Feb 25, 2014

What kind of traffic pattern is flown by helicopters?

Rotorcraft Rookie: Advanced autorotations

Rotorcraft Rookie | Feb 20, 2014

One second in a Robinson R22 could mean the difference between life and death.

The Bell UH-1B Huey: A Flying Symbol

Pilot Magazine | Feb 19, 2014

Seriously wounded and huddling in the dank underbrush, men struggled to stay alive and remain hidden from nearby and approaching Viet Cong guerillas.

Proficiency: Rotorcraft rookie

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

“To fly is heavenly,” the expression goes. “To hover is divine.”

Driven by dreams

Article | Feb 10, 2014

The 2013 Collier Trophy nominees include a diverse mix of pedal power, hypersonic speed, and voyaging to deep space.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Time to go somewhere

Rotorcraft Rookie | Jan 30, 2014

Try a cross-country with only a compass and map for navigation, mental math calculations instead of using an E6B, and hitting checkpoints every five miles.

Aviation weather, helicopter ops on NTSB 'Most Wanted' list

Article | Jan 16, 2014

“General Aviation: Identify and Communicate Hazardous Weather” and “Address Unique Characteristics of Helicopter Operations” are two of 10 issues on the NTSB's 2014 "Most Wanted" list.

Rotorcraft Rookie: The world is a playground

Rotorcraft Rookie | Jan 16, 2014

Helicopters can operate in and out of some small landing sites.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Up, up and away

Rotorcraft Rookie | Jan 01, 2014

Helicopters are made to be able to take off and land vertically. But doing so can actually be a dangerous maneuver.

Textron provides details of Beechcraft purchase

Article | Dec 27, 2013

Textron conducted a conference all with stock analysts Dec. 27 and provided financial details on its proposed purchase of Beechcraft for $1.4 billion.

Practicing helicopter autorotations

Rotorcraft Rookie | Dec 24, 2013

Believe it or not, helicopters do continue to fly after an engine failure--sort of.

Cessna wins approval for Sovereign+, M2

Article | Dec 23, 2013

Cessna Aircraft's bottom line is expected to improve in the first quarter of 2014 with approval for both the Sovereign+ and the M2 business jets.

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.

Textron to buy Beechcraft

Article | Dec 20, 2013

Cessna Aircraft owner Textron will buy Beechcraft for $1.4 billion in a major consolidation of U.S. general aviation manufacturers, multiple news outlets reported Dec. 20.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Fixing airplane habits

Rotorcraft Rookie | Dec 12, 2013

One of the key challenges for airplane pilots transitioning to helicopters is unlearning airplane habits.

Rotorcraft Rookie: The crazy takeoff

Rotorcraft Rookie | Dec 05, 2013

Helicopter training is generally very safe. So why do run-on takeoffs and landings feel so wrong?

Rotorcraft Rookie: Helicopter flight controls

Rotorcraft Rookie | Nov 27, 2013

If you are going to learn to fly a helicopter you first have to learn how to control it.

Learning to hover a helicopter

Rotorcraft Rookie | Nov 20, 2013

Learning how to hover a helicopter, or how to fly on a balance beam.

Basics of the Robinson R22

Rotorcraft Rookie | Nov 20, 2013

The Robinson R22 is a fun and unique helicopter that is perfectly suited to training.

New helicopter FIRC from King Schools

Article | Nov 14, 2013

King Schools released a new edition of its Web-based flight instructor refresher course specifically for helicopter instructors.

Slowed rotor has high-speed implications

Article | Nov 13, 2013

It takes off and lands like a helicopter, cruises like an airplane, and autorotates like an autogyro.

Rotorcraft Rookie: A new beginning

Rotorcraft Rookie | Nov 08, 2013

A longtime fixed-wing pilot takes his first step to learning how to fly helicopters.

Texas votes on aviation tax

Article | Oct 31, 2013

The Nov. 5 ballot in Texas will include several proposed constitutional amendments, one of which has significant implications for aviation firms.

Scholarships open for helo pilots, maintenance, more

Article | Oct 31, 2013

Scholarship applications have opened for rotary-wing commercial pilots and maintenance technicians, students seeking careers in the aircraft electronics and aviation maintenance industry, women in aviation maintenance, and Young Eagles.

Helicopter business touts mobile tech benefits

Article | Oct 28, 2013

The owner of Independent Helicopters has become reliant on mobile technology to run her business.

Propelling GA with a united front

Article | Oct 24, 2013

A united front by the aviation associations can bring about positive change, but changing FAA priorities and budget challenges threaten to give airlines an upper hand.

Bell shows chopper of the people, by the people

Article | Oct 22, 2013

Bell Helicopter is displaying a customer-driven 429WLG helicopter at NBAA2013.

Helicopter Foundation International offers scholarships

Article | Oct 18, 2013

Helicopter Foundation International is offering scholarships to help bolster the ranks of commercial rotary-wing pilots and maintenance technicians.

Baker, a self-proclaimed 'airport kid,' sets tone for AOPA

Article | Oct 10, 2013

Like many of the hundreds of pilots packed in the ballroom of the Fort Worth Convention Center in Texas Oct. 10, AOPA President Mark Baker was an “airport kid.”

Summit shaping up to be Texas-sized

Slideshow | Oct 09, 2013

The old saying, "Everything's bigger in Texas," is holding true for AOPA Aviation Summit 2013. About 400 exhibitors are filling the Fort Worth Convention Center in Texas, and nearly 100 aircraft are flying in to Fort Worth Meacham International Airport for the static display at Airportfest.

Cooperation is the key to GA growth, Baker tells House

Article | Oct 04, 2013

GA delivers jobs, but user fees, unfunded mandates, and excessive regulation can stifle growth, AOPA President Mark Baker told the House Small Business Committee.

Fly in 'Fifi,' other warbirds at Summit

Article | Oct 02, 2013

The Commemorative Air Force AirPower History Tour and Cavanaugh Flight Museum will have warbirds on display and give flights at AOPA Aviation Summit in Fort Worth, Texas.

Summit kicks off first North Texas Aviation Week

Article | Sep 23, 2013

The first North Texas Aviation Week begins with the AOPA Aviation Summit.

Whirly-Girls to offer more than $60,000 in scholarships

Article | Aug 27, 2013

The nonprofit Whirly-Girls announces scholarships for female helicopter pilots and will award them at Heli-Expo in 2014.

King Schools offers helicopter FIRC

Article | Aug 01, 2013

King Schools is launching an online flight instructor refresher course (FIRC) tailored for helicopter instructors.

Fuller given EAA Chairman's Award

Article | Jul 31, 2013

AOPA President Craig Fuller was presented with the EAA Chairman’s Award July 30 for his significant contributions to general aviation.

Huey flights offered during Oshkosh

Article | Jul 19, 2013

Interested in experiencing a flight in the venerable Bell UH-1 Huey helicopter, the U.S. military’s workhorse in Vietnam? Visitors to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., will have that opportunity in nearby Fond Du Lac, Wis., on Monday, July 29; Tuesday, July 30; and Thursday, Aug. 1.

Cessna financial results down in second quarter

Article | Jul 18, 2013

Cessna parent company Textron issued its second quarter earnings report.

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.

AeroVelo wins Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition

Article | Jul 12, 2013

Toronto’s AeroVelo has won the AHS International’s Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition, established in 1980.

Catalina airshow returns backed by Scheyden

Article | Jul 12, 2013

After thrilling audiences with a water-powered jet pack, DC-3, Grumman Albatross, and more in 2012, the Catalina Air Show and Festival appeared to be a one-time event--until Scheyden Precision Eyewear stepped in to sponsor the show for its second year.

Torrance Airport Association to hold meeting on proposed helicopter route

Article | Jul 01, 2013

The Torrance Airport Association is holding a meeting to discuss a proposal to modify a West Pacific Coast Highway helicopter route.

HAI moves to new headquarters

Article | Jun 27, 2013

Helicopter Association International has moved into a new, larger headquarters building that will allow it to grow for the next 20 years.

Bell Helicopter unveils new five-seat model

Article | Jun 20, 2013

Bell Helicopter has unveiled a brand-new five-seater scheduled for a first flight in 2014.

Friends rally to support mechanic’s pledge

Article | Jun 06, 2013

Friends and strangers are standing behind the helicopter mechanic who took responsibility for the in-flight power loss that nearly caused a helicopter crash.

Mentor Matters: Expanded circling protection in effect

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

For years, circling approaches in the United States have been more difficult to execute while providing less safety margin, relative to those in most of the rest of the world. After years of deliberation, the FAA is finally bringing some needed changes to the protection afforded to circling aircraft.

Mechanic takes responsibility for Honolulu emergency

Article | May 22, 2013

Cruising over Honolulu at 3,000 feet, the Robinson R-22's engine suddenly quit. Quick action by the pilot saved lives, and the mechanic took responsibility.

Graves encourages GA activism

Article | Apr 13, 2013

Pleased with the success of a House of Representatives campaign to garner support opposing a federal $100-per-flight user fee for general aviation, Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) encouraged Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo attendees to assure that their representative and senators are members of the respective GA caucuses.

Helicopter rides carry visitors back in history

Article | Apr 12, 2013

Huey pilots clear the turn from crosswind to downwind at Lakeland. Landing zone manager Lee Stuart directs the AAHF Cobra.

Kings to offer online helicopter FIRC

Article | Apr 11, 2013

Noting that helicopter flight instructors frequently have to “make do” with training materials designed for fixed-wing CFIs, King Schools co-chairman John King announced that his company is providing the first ever dedicated helicopter flight instructor refresher course online. Like other versions of the King FIRC, the helicopter course will focus on scenario-based training and risk management, showing the CFIs how to teach risk management to their students.

Cessna trims workforce, maintains production

Article | Apr 04, 2013

Aerial view of the Cessna factory in Wichita, Kan. Seeking to cut costs, Cessna Aircraft Co.

Training the best for the worst

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2013

We visit as Coast Guard rescuers conduct elite training

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience Refer to your Mental Checklist This happened while I was a student pilot. I had long since soloed and done cross-country, but due to finances I had not been able to finish up.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience Avoiding Thunderstorms I have been flying for about 33 years with about 4500 hours in both rotary and fixed wing military and civilian aircraft, I do not consider myself a bold or risk taking pilot. However, I have had a variety of weather experiences, of which a couple of instructive ones come to mind.

Mar. 15, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition' weekly newsletter

Article | Mar 15, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 13, ISSUE 11 — March 15, 2013 Ready for prime time? Halt sequestration cuts targeting GA Plane Spotter: KC-135 Stratotanker Final Exam: Airport beacon Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Training Tips Ready for prime time? Your flight instructor has told you that you are “ready for prime time.” You heard the CFI say that once before, on the day of your first solo. What does it mean now as you work through the solo cross-country phase of training?   It means there’s no reason to limit your destinations to outlying airports where your comfort level is already pretty high.

A text from your turboshaft

Article | Mar 12, 2013

New to Sky Connect Tracker III is integration with a maintenance monitoring system for helicopters that gives instant alerts to ground personnel when maintenance is needed.

Mar. 8, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Mar 08, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 10 — March 8, 2013 ‘We got a rogue vehicle’ GA 'HIKE' ACROSS AMERICA Tackling windy weather operations Quiz Me: Standard-rate turn Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured ‘We got a rogue vehicle’: ATC honored for assists An airliner about 10 seconds—and 100 feet—from touchdown aborted the landing at after a Jeep Grand Cherokee crashed through a locked gate at Philadelphia International Airport and barreled down Runway 9R with the aircraft approaching behind it.

Heard at Heli-Expo

Article | Mar 07, 2013

Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas featured 1.5 million square feet in exhibit hall space, 20,000 industry professionals, more than 600 exhibitors, and 60-plus helicopters on static display. Find out what attendees had to say.

Heli-Expo by the numbers

Article | Mar 07, 2013

As Heli-Expo 2013 winds down, here's a look at some of the numbers generated during the convention, held March 5 through 7 in Las Vegas.

What sequester? Civil market gives Robinson confidence

Article | Mar 07, 2013

Amidst widespread anxiety at Helicopter Association International's Heli-Expo over the fate of government contracts, Robinson Helicopter remains unconcerned, CEO Kurt Robinson told reporters at a media briefing March 5.

Fuller: FAA sequestration cuts not safe or sensible

Advocacy | Mar 06, 2013

AOPA President Craig Fuller on March 6 leveled sharp criticism at the sequestration cuts planned by the Obama administration and the FAA, suggesting that the decision to close control towers and scale back aviation services constitutes a risk to aviation safety.

Bell introduces armed 407, upgraded 412

Article | Mar 06, 2013

Coming off a boom year for civilian sales, Bell Helicopter announced upgrades to two of its models March 4 and remained bullish in spite of concerns about the impact of sequestration on U.S. military contracts.

Enstrom 480B gets glass

Article | Mar 06, 2013

Enstrom Helicopter selected the Garmin G1000H integrated flight deck for its light single turbine 480B, the company announced March 5 at Helicopter Association International's Heli-Expo in Las Vegas.

Helos secure spot on Oshkosh flight line

Article | Mar 06, 2013

Helicopters will be at show center for the first time at EAA AirVenture 2013, Helicopter Association International and the Experimental Aircraft Association announced at HAI's Heli-Expo in Las Vegas March 5.

Sikorsky celebrates multiple milestones

Article | Mar 06, 2013

Legendary helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky kicked off its ninetieth birthday milestone with a big gift from a different Milestone--Milestone Aviation Group placed an order for 30 new Sikorsky S-92A and S-76D helicopters with an option for 24 more.

Turbomeca unveils new helo engine in Vegas

Article | Mar 06, 2013

A dance routine including props, lifts, and gymnastics introduced the world to Turbomeca’s newest engine offering, the 1,100-horsepower turboshaft Arrano, at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas.

Upgraded M*A*S*H helo to enter production

Article | Mar 06, 2013

The distinctive Bell 47 helicopter will return to production with a Rolls-Royce RR300 turboshaft engine, Scott's – Bell 47 Inc. announced March 5 at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas.

Weight increase approved for MD Explorer 902

Article | Mar 06, 2013

The FAA has approved an increase of gross weight to 6,770 pounds for the MD Explorer 902, MD Helicopters announced at Helicopter Association International's Heli-Expo March5.

Buyer confidence a 'shot in the arm' for helo industry

Article | Mar 05, 2013

The next five years will be bright for civil helicopter demand, with strong demand focused on the first three years, according to Honeywell Aerospace's helicopter outlook released March 5.

Analyst forecast sees bright future for rotorcraft

Article | Feb 26, 2013

Because civil and military rotorcraft markets often run counter-cyclical to one another, it makes for a more stable sales environment for helicopters, with military frequently compensating for any civil slack and vice versa.