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Rutan SkiGull makes maiden flight

Article | Nov 30, 2015

Like most maiden flights of a brand-new design, Burt Rutan’s SkiGull test flight produced a to-do list, but was a success overall.

New batteries boost Bonanza power

Article | Nov 25, 2015

The benefits of lithium-ion batteries moved one step closer to use in light general aviation aircraft when Transport Canada Civil Aviation approved the installation of the True Blue Power battery for use in the Beechcraft A36 Bonanza.

Cobalt Aircraft restarts sales efforts

Article | Nov 12, 2015

Cobalt Aircraft has tried to launch a four-to-five-passenger canard aircraft for a decade and is now taking pre-orders for a certified version in California, but will need $30 million to complete certification.

AOPA, FAA work to clear up confusion over ATP knowledge tests

Advocacy | Nov 05, 2015

AOPA is working with the FAA to end confusion over rules governing the airline transport pilot airplane knowledge test.

PlaneSense stuffs Pilatus PC-12 with food

Article | Nov 05, 2015

PlaneSense says the Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based fractional aircraft company will fill a Pilatus PC-12 turboprop aircraft with nearly 1,000 pounds of nonperishable food and deliver it to the New Hampshire Food Bank in Manchester.

IFR Fix: Finish the approach with a safe landing

IFR Fix | Nov 02, 2015

The last thing an instrument pilot wants to do after flying an approach in weather, or at night, is to have to miss.

Training Tip: A sketchy understanding

Article | Oct 30, 2015

Runway holding position markings combine solid and dashed lines indicating where an aircraft should stop. Can you draw the markings from memory?

Multiple sclerosis flight to tour South America

Article | Oct 28, 2015

Two New York pilots plan to circumnavigate South America in a Cirrus SR22 for multiple sclerosis awareness. The Fly for MS charity flight, scheduled to lift off Nov. 14, will offer flights at stops along the route to those who have multiple sclerosis.

Textron hints at new Cessna jets

Article | Oct 27, 2015

Cessna will discuss details of the new Longitude and show its now-delivered Latitude jet, and the company may even announce a new jet program during the National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas in November.

Training Tip: Voice in your head

Article | Oct 26, 2015

When Flight Training magazine invited Facebook followers to share what they recall flight instructors saying during flights, a wellspring of comments bubbled forth.

Overweight and out of balance

Article | Oct 21, 2015

A de Havilland DHC-3 Otter crashed on July 7, 2013, because it was overweight and out of balance, the NTSB determined.

Training Tip: Weird sound, strange movement

Article | Oct 19, 2015

What would make you discontinue a takeoff? Are you prepared to make that decision each time you commence the takeoff run?

Idaho crash claims popular air race pilots

Article | Oct 13, 2015

The air racing community is mourning the loss of two veteran women air racers and the pilot husband of one in an Oct. 8 cross-country accident.

South Carolina floods documented by air

Article | Oct 08, 2015

After two feet of rainfall flooded South Carolina, general aviation aircraft documented the disaster and assisted in recovery efforts.

AOPA BizAv and you contest

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2015

Contest winner to experience business aviation

Man's best friend

Pilot Magazine | Sep 30, 2015

So how does a guy with a job rooted in logic spend a big chunk of money on an airplane restoration project that can compete only for most dollars per knot?

American Champion confirms new model coming

Article | Sep 28, 2015

Airplanes cost too much, so American Champion is taking a look at its $200,000 Adventure model to see if it can be stripped down to a still-powerful $160,000 model.

Tony Hawk hosts Sky Combat Ace premiere

Article | Sep 22, 2015

World-renowned former pro skateboarder Tony Hawk will help host the grand opening for aerial battle specialists Sky Combat Ace during their San Diego location premier Sept. 26.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Sep 20, 2015

The Cessna 177 Cardinal might just be the Goldilocks of Cessna single-engines. It’s bigger than the C-172, but not as fast as the C-182. It fits somewhere in between and provides a nice cross-country aircraft with good speed and economical performance. It makes a reliable IFR trainer and in a pinch can be used for primary students as well. Gateway Flying Club President Chris Baye and Member-at-Large Curt Stoltz share their experience with the Cardinal.

Aircraft Maintenance: Take a break to learn about your brakes

Aircraft Maintenance | Sep 16, 2015

Aircraft brake systems don't usually get too much attention until something fails. That's risky because a failure in the brake system can cause a lot of damage.

Training Tip: Exit strategies

Article | Sep 14, 2015

With the wind blowing precisely 90 degrees to the single runway, which runway end should the pilot choose for takeoff?

Garmin debuts new touchscreens

Article | Sep 09, 2015

Garmin revealed that it has developed a new touchscreen control system—the GTC 580—designed for use with its G2000, G3000, and G5000 avionics suites, and the Cirrus Vision SF50 Jet single-engine turbofan will be its launch customer.

Saluting America's aviation team

Article | Sep 03, 2015

When Danny Croy pulled back on the yoke from his perch in the left seat of a Cessna 172, his face revealed a confidence that often escaped the autistic 19-year-old. Croy is not comfortable with significant changes in routine, but the short discovery flight from the Frederick, Maryland, airport left him beaming. An army of airport employees working behind the scenes keeps the airport running smoothly and helps make experiences like these happen.

Airvan flies on floats

Article | Sep 02, 2015

Alaska floatplane operators will be getting a new choice soon when the Mahindra Aerospace Airvan on floats comes online in 2016.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Sep 02, 2015

Test Pilot