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Textron on a (special) mission

Article | Jul 16, 2014

Textron Aviation, parent of both Cessna and Beechcraft, is pushing the intelligence and surveillance capabilities of its GA product line at the Farnborough International Airshow.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Second chance at a first passenger

Rotorcraft Rookie | Jul 07, 2014

Can you have two first passengers? A new helicopter pilot takes his first passenger 15 years after the first experience in an airplane.

'Real GA'

Article | Jul 01, 2014

With as active and diverse a mix of aircraft and pilots as just about any general aviation airport, Plymouth, Mass., welcomes one and all to the AOPA Regional Fly-In July 12.

Sikorsky aims for smooth ride

Article | Jun 18, 2014

Helicopter engineers are developing new systems with promise to significantly reduce or eliminate main rotor vibration.

Student to instructor in 11 months

Article | Jun 10, 2014

Keaton Meltvedt-Snow, winner of the AOPA Foundation 2013 Richard Santori Memorial Scholarship, went from barely being able to hover a helicopter to training others how to fly them in less than a year.

Rotorcraft Rookie: 10 lessons from learning to fly helicopters

Rotorcraft Rookie | Jun 05, 2014

Of the hundreds of things one learns during a helicopter add-on course, these are 10 of the most important themes.

Cranberry country

Article | Jun 04, 2014

Lifting external loads that can represent nearly a quarter of a helicopter's total weight is a tricky mission that requires pilots with special skills.

FBI: $10,000 bounty for laser-pointing perps

Article | Jun 04, 2014

After a temporarily blinding green laser flashed into the cockpit of a Robinson R22 on a training flight at North Carolina’s Cape Fear Regional Jetport on May 6, the CFI and student helped police track down the person shining the laser. Now, the FBI is offering to reward those who provide information on laser incidents that lead to the arrest of such individuals.

Swearingen mourned

Article | May 22, 2014

Edward Swearingen, an aircraft designer who made a lasting mark on aviation, died May 15.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Checkride success

Rotorcraft Rookie | May 21, 2014

It all comes down to the checkride, the pressure-cooker flight and oral exam that pits the student against himself.

Now taking off: Helicopter apps

Apps of the week | May 13, 2014

Helicopter apps are in the forefront this week, with ones that promote safety and offer rotorcraft comparisons.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Do helicopters stall?

Rotorcraft Rookie | May 08, 2014

Helicopter pilots don't work on stalls the same way airplane pilots do, but the possiblity is every bit as real.

AOPA FOUNDATION JOINS FAA TO LAUNCH AVIATION WEATHER SAFETY CAMPAIGN

News release | May 05, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation has joined with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and over a dozen other general aviation (GA) stakeholders on an eight month safety campaign titled, “Got Weather?” to help GA pilots prepare for potential weather challenges they may encounter during the 2014 flying season.

Rotorcraft Rookie: New landing sites

Rotorcraft Rookie | Apr 23, 2014

Public-use heliports aren't very plentiful, but those that are offer unique capabilities and a fun challenge.

A plane-crazy America

Pilot Magazine | Apr 08, 2014

The realization may not immediately spring to mind, but the fact is that general aviation’s mass appeal has always been powerful over the past 100-plus years.

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.