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Garmin to offer ADS-B units for helicopters

Article | Mar 02, 2015

Garmin International will offer the GDL 84H and GDL 88H Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) datalink specifically designed for helicopters.

Aviation groups, East Hampton officials seek noise solution

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2015

AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.

Rotor crack prompts alert

Article | Feb 27, 2015

The FAA on Feb. 23 issued a special airworthiness information bulletin recommending preflight inspection of Robinson R44 and R44 II main rotors.

FAA issues emergency Enstrom AD

Article | Feb 14, 2015

An FAA emergency airworthiness directive calls for inspections of certain Enstrom helicopter models after a main rotor separation killed two.

Drop in chopper shipments a concern, analyst says

Article | Feb 11, 2015

Analyst Brian Foley says a drop in shipments for helicopters as shown in the General Aviation Manufacturers Association report represents a concern for the future.

Made in Michigan

Pilot Magazine | Feb 06, 2015

After years of toiling at the bottom, Enstrom Helicopter is making a comeback.

Cirrus accident highlights rotor wash risk

Article | Feb 04, 2015

A rare but potentially deadly convergence of a landing Cirrus and the wake of a departing helicopter in Colorado was caught on video.

Baker receives Legacy Award at Living Legends of Aviation

Article | Jan 20, 2015

On a night when Hollywood stars and aviation luminaries came together to celebrate the wonder of flight, AOPA President Mark Baker was honored with the Harrison Ford Legacy in Aviation Award at the Twelfth Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards.

Pilots: Cameraman Kevin LaRosa II

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

Kevin LaRosa II has heard the sound of engines and propellers for as long as he can remember.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Dec 05, 2014

A fundraising campaign is under way to build what was considered the Concorde of its time, the Handley Page H.P.42 25-passenger biplane.

BizAv showtime

Pilot Magazine | Nov 11, 2014

Every autumn the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) holds its annual convention, an event that serves as the turbine-powered world’s biggest get-together.

Tragedy close to home

Article | Oct 24, 2014

A collision near Frederick Municipal Airport Oct. 23 claimed three lives and left the local aviation community–including AOPA–in mourning.

Safe Flight demos chopper powerline sensor

Article | Oct 20, 2014

Safe Flight is demonstrating a digital version of its powerline sensing system for helicopters that gives pilots an eight-second warning.

Technology: iPad best practices

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2014

As the quantity and variety of flight-related information on tablets increases, the question for pilots becomes how best to employ them without becoming overwhelmed.

Second crash for science

Article | Oct 06, 2014

High-speed cameras captured minute details like the shearing of the cabin floor as a retired Sea Knight helicopter was dropped 30 feet onto dirt.

Dr. Copter’s aviation legacy set in stone

Article | Sep 30, 2014

A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.

Five apps help with helicopter pilot functions

Apps of the week | Sep 30, 2014

Five helicopter apps cover functions from studying flight hazards to logging flights.

Pie starts effort to land at all 128 public airports in Florida

Article | Sep 26, 2014

Pie starts effort to land at all 128 public airports in Florida