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Sporty’s sweepstakes winner claims LSA prize

Article | Jul 08, 2013

A private pilot from Arcara, Calif., has claimed his prize as winner of Sporty's 2013 Aircraft Sweepstakes.

Ownership: Opening the rental skies

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

You're vacationing in a sunny place--let's say the Florida Keys--and you can't help but dream about how nice it would be to fly along the coast. But you have no airplane on this trip, and your schedule doesn't really allow for the half-day it likely would take to get checked out at the local FBO.

President’s Position: Regulatory delays

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

During most AOPA Town Hall gatherings, I remind participating members that AOPA's founders created our organization in 1939 largely because they feared that a government about to enter a world war just might regulate general aviation out of existence. Nearly 75 years later, our mission is grounded in similar concerns--raised not by the prospect of war but by the growing power of regulatory agencies, many of which operate with increasing autonomy and minimal oversight.

Plane spotter: An injection of technology

Article | Jun 28, 2013

Take another look at that LSA. It’s a Flight Design CTLSi, the new, fuel-efficient iteration of the CTLS series from Germany.

Icon raises $60 million to produce A5

Article | Jun 20, 2013

Icon Aircraft announced that $60 million has been raised to support regulatory compliance and production of the new A5. The FAA has yet to rule on Icon’s request for an exemption to light sport aircraft weight limits the company sought citing safety benefits.

Quicksilver forges partnership to put eyes in the sky

Article | Jun 13, 2013

Quicksilver Aeronautics and IDENT, LLC announced June 11 a partnership to deploy the next generation of GT 500 light aircraft with surveillance capabilities.

Sparrow Flying Club offers light sport aircraft rental

Article | Jun 06, 2013

Sparrow Flying Club uses a unique for-profit business model to keep flying costs low for members.

Cool Stuff: Terrafugia begins studies on hybrid electric flying car able to take off, land vertically

Article | Jun 01, 2013

The Transition isn't yet certified as an airplane and automobile, but already its parent company, Terrafugia, Inc., is looking to the future.

Skycraft's $60,000 LSA enters market

Article | May 29, 2013

ASTM approval is expected in August for the single-seat $54,850 Skycraft Airplanes SD-1 Minisport light sport aircraft.

Icon seeks FAA answer by May 31

Article | May 23, 2013

Kirk Hawkins, CEO and founder of Icon Aircraft, has asked the FAA to issue a final decision by May 31 on his exemption request to increase the weight of his Icon A5 amphibious LSA by 250 pounds.

Buy a sectional, win an airplane

Article | May 20, 2013

Until May 18, little did Christopher Boyle know that the purchase of a $9 sectional would win him an airplane, but win he did.

Arthur Godfrey Aviation Foundation announces scholarships

Article | May 17, 2013

New scholarship opportunities from the Arthur Godfrey Aviation Foundation seek to draw more young people into aviation.

FAA seeks Icon data for LSA weight increase

Article | May 02, 2013

A decision in the May 2012 request from Icon Aircraft to the FAA for an exemption that would allow Icon’s A5 amphibious aircraft to weigh 250 pounds more than current light sport aircraft limits for seaplanes has again been delayed.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Guam to JAX—nonstop World distance record for aircraft in its weight category By Dave Hirschman When Bill Harrelson wanted to prove the long-range performance of his kitbuilt Lancair IV, he flew it from Indiana to Hawaii—a warm-up for a much longer flight. On March 1, Harrelson landed his Lancair in Jacksonville, Florida, after a 38.5-hour nonstop flight from Guam.

Mike Cranston

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Mike Cranston may have taken a while to spool up to turbine flying, but he’s certainly racking up the hours these days. Cranston, who lives northeast of Wichita at Lloyd Stearman Field (1K1) in Benton, Kansas, started a painting company—Paintmasters Inc.—right out of college.

41 ways to save

Article | Apr 28, 2013

Illustration By A.J. Garces Here are some practical ways to lower flying costs gathered from the personal experiences of AOPA staff pilots, and fellow pilots through AOPA Forums and the AOPA Facebook page.

Apr. 12, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Apr 12, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 15 — April 12, 2013 Zenith breaks from STOL mold Burt Rutan developing new seaplane HISTORIC AIRPORT TO REMAIN OPEN QUIZ ME: CFII CURRENCY Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Sun 'n Fun News Zenith breaks from STOL mold Zenith Aircraft Co.

Sun ’n Fun news briefs

Article | Apr 11, 2013

Sun n Fun news briefs Mayor proclaims WASP commemoration day Lakeland, Fla., Mayor Gow Fields proclaimed April 11 Women in Air Service 70th Anniversary Commemoration Day.

Flight Design delays C4 for Part 23 rewrite

Article | Apr 09, 2013

Flight Design plans to certify the four-place C4 under revised Part 23 standards, delaying first deliveries until 2015. A mockup of the new aircraft was on display at Sun ’n Fun.

Custom content for the Mar. 29, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Mar 29, 2013

training tips Agonic airports A student pilot is planning a cross-country flight from Hannibal Regional Airport in Missouri to Iowa's Washington Municipal Airport. Adding a wind correction angle to the true course as taught, the trainee determines the true heading, and then proceeds to check the compass card for deviation before determining the compass heading to be flown.