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Sikorsky X2 continues to attract awards

Article | Nov 05, 2012

Already a winner of the 2010 Collier Trophy, the 250-knot-true-airspeed Sikorsky X2 technology demonstrator now has yet another honor, a spot in the University of Maryland Hall of Fame for the principal engineer who designed the aerodynamics for the blades.

Accidents suggest helicopter safety needs 'critical look'

Article | Oct 31, 2012

An industry-government coalition is calling for renewed focus on helicopter safety following a series of accidents in which seven occupants perished during an eight-day period in October.

FreeFlight announces new technologies, approvals

Article | Oct 11, 2012

FreeFlight Systems will integrate its XPLORER ADS-B weather receiver with GRT Avionics Horizon HXr, Horizon HX and Sport SX panel-mounted electronic flight information systems for experimental and light sport aircraft.

New Nall Report sheds light on 2010 accident data

Article | Oct 05, 2012

By FAA estimates, in 2010 flight activity in all four segments of general aviation increased from 2009 levels, according to the report, while GA accident rates in 2010 showed little change from recent years.

Power loss over rough seas

Article | Sep 13, 2012

Stanley E. Shaw and his adult son sat in the cockpit of the Cessna 185 floatplane, tossed about by six- to eight-foot swells. A sudden loss of power had forced an emergency landing off the California coastline.

16-year-old ties in nation to be youngest pilot to solo in helicopter

AV8RS | Sep 01, 2012

While most teen-age pilot wannabes work or beg for money from Mom, Dad or other relatives to pay for flight lessons, Pinksten, of Nashua, New Hampshire, has gone to the Web.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2012

‘American Angel’ A beautiful ambassador for general aviation Eugene, Oregon’s John Stahr, an airbrush artist, is known for painting intricate works of art on everything from R44 Raven helicopters to Global Express business jets. His nose-to-spinner paint designs are always crowd pleasers, and his RV–8, American Angel, is fast becoming an ambassador for GA.

Human-powered helicopter flight sets record

Article | Aug 15, 2012

The National Aeronautic Association has certified a duration record for human-powered helicopter flight claimed by a team from the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering for a flight on June 21 in College Park, Md.

GA leaders laud industry efforts on working together

Advocacy | Jul 25, 2012

The heads of the general aviation organizations used a panel discussion to discuss how their efforts to work more closely together are paying off. On stage were AOPA’s Craig Fuller, Ed Bolen of NBAA, Rod Hightower of EAA, Pete Bunce of GAMA, Matt Zuccaro of HAI and Henry Ogrodzinski of NASAO, moderated by EAA Director of Publications Mac McClellan.

Cessna, Bell had good second quarter

Article | Jul 19, 2012

Cessna Aircraft turned in a great second quarter, with revenues increasing $111 million and delivery of Citation jets up to 49, compared to 38 for the second quarter of last year. Textron Chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly said that in the last half of the year there could be a 'deceleration' as customers face economic uncertainties and hold on to their cash.

Rule makes NY helicopter route mandatory

Advocacy | Jul 11, 2012

A helicopter route already in use on a voluntary basis to direct traffic away from noise-sensitive areas on the north shore of Long Island, N.Y. is now mandatory, effective Aug. 6. The rule will expire in 2014, but may be extended.

WTOP report misled on aviation security

Advocacy | Jun 06, 2012

AOPA and five other aviation associations represent the bulk of those who make and fly general aviation aircraft, and work closely with security officials and the FAA to keep aviation safe.

Economic picture improves for Textron

Article | Apr 19, 2012

Economic numbers improved for Textron, the parent company of Cessna Aircraft and Bell Helicopter, during the first quarter of 2012, the company said in an 8-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Total revenues were up by more than 15 percent to $2.9 billion.

High-level talks

Advocacy | Apr 05, 2012

Dozens gathered April 5 to listen to the top executives from several aviation associations participate in a roundtable discussion about the issues facing the industry. Paula Derks, president of the Aircraft Electronics Association moderated the panel as part of the AEA fifty-fifth annual International Convention and Trade Show.

GA roots focus of Graves' town hall

Advocacy | Apr 02, 2012

Protecting pilots and antique aircraft, the beginning and foundation of general aviation, were the focus of a town hall hosted by Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) March 31 at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

‘This is what I must do’ Namesake pursues Amelia Earhart's dream A Denver TV news reporter with a distinctly aeronautical name is reaching for a future in aviation modeled on an ancestor’s historic past. KUSA-TV 9 News reporter Amelia Rose Earhart says she knew after taking a first flight lesson in 2004 that she and her famous ancestor had more than a name in common.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

It is always wonderful to move into spring. This year--at least at our headquarters home in Frederick, Maryland--we saw very little winter weather.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

A scorecard seems necessary to keep track of who's who in aviation today as globalization of company ownership continues. And while foreign ownership of traditionally U.S.-owned companies causes consternation among some American pilots, we have no one except ourselves to blame because it is the lack of U.S. investment that is, for the most part, driving the sale of these companies.

Warbirds, King Air, Skyhawk power through to advance

Article | Mar 20, 2012

To nobody's surprise, the Aeronca Champ was no match against the popularity of the P-51 Mustang. The stable Cessna 172 drew out the flight training vote to score the win over the Maule M-5, the King Air beat out the Robinson R22 and R44, and the F4U Corsair sent the Pilatus PC-12 packing.

Man vs. mountain

Article | Mar 15, 2012

You'll know when the avalanche probe lands on a person: That spongy, soft feeling is like nothing else on the mountain, ski guide Kirk Becker explains to four advanced skiers at the Whistler Municipal Heliport. It's a standard briefing at British Columbia's Whistler Heli-Skiing, where remote alpine adventures are contingent on the Pacific coastal weather and the decision of the pilot in command.

GA market flat, but faces change

Article | Feb 23, 2012

A generation ago, the top piston-aircraft producers were as predictable as the top auto manufacturers. Cessna, Piper, Beechcraft, and Mooney were the GM, Ford, Chrysler, and everybody else of the auto world. Today, the world looks quite different.

Bell Helicopter supersizes medium helicopter

Article | Feb 13, 2012

With literally an audience of thousands, Bell Helicopter put its mark on the oil platform helicopter market by unveiling what it calls a "super medium" size Bell 525 Relentless at Heli-Expo in Dallas.

Eurocopter upgrades tour helicopter

Article | Feb 13, 2012

An upgrade of a helicopter used in a variety of roles but best known as popular with tour operators, the Eurocopter EC130 T2, has been unveiled at Heli-Expo in Dallas. Reportedly, passengers particularly on Grand Canyon tours had asked operators for better air conditioning, and Eurocopter officials promise the new model has it.