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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.