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Swapping avgas for Jet-A

Article | Sep 01, 2011

Strapping a fire-breathing turboprop engine on your average piston single confirms that one man’s toy is another man’s tool. To some, such a swap seems like a questionable use of resources.

Mark II Cessna 206: The ultimate family truckster

Article | Sep 01, 2011

What was the first turbine single certified in America? Most of us would say the Cessna Caravan, which debuted in 1985. But no. Under a supplemental type certificate (STC) Soloy Aviation Solutions of Olympia, Washington, began modifying Cessna 206s with reverse-flow 417-shaft-horsepower Rolls-Royce/Allison 250-C2 turboshaft engines in 1983. Soloy called this modification the "Mark I" model, and it came fitted with a Soloy-designed and -manufactured propeller-reduction gearbox. In all, 85 Mark I Cessna 206 conversions were built over the years. Soloy’s Mark I kit applies to Cessna 206G and -H models built from 1977 to the present.

Rally GA: Open for business

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2011

Give an airport back to the community, and pilots will come. That’s what happened on a crystal-clear Saturday morning in June when Maine’s former Naval Air Station Brunswick opened for business as Brunswick Executive Airport.

Turbine Pilot: Mods to an end

Article | Aug 01, 2011

A host of modifications transform the once dowdy Beechcraft King Air 200 into a twenty-first century keeper nearly 50 years after the first King Air took flight. Faster, further, sexier.

Power up, temps down: King Air 250

Article | Aug 01, 2011

In late June, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) certified its new King Air 250, a more refined variant of its predecessor, the King Air B200GT. Like all King Airs, the 250 has the classy, comfortable cabin that has made the line the go-to twin turboprop for more than 7,000 customers.

Brits invade Florida

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2011

Piper’s first jet project, the Altaire, leverages the 84-year-old company’s knowledge in building airplanes and blends it with input from a group of project executives who have roots in another legendary aircraft manufacturer, Britain’s Hawker Siddeley. Hawker Siddeley was an amalgamation of British manufacturers.

Turbine pilot 2011 directory

Article | Jun 01, 2011

With 2011 came a few rays of much-needed hope in the new light-jet and turboprop market segments. Inventories of used airplanes were on the decrease—traditionally a sign that prospective buyers will begin to consider buying new aircraft.

Turbine Pilot: Go down and slow down? Good luck

Article | May 01, 2011

Slippery. Perhaps more than any other one skill, the transition from piston airplanes to turbines requires the pilot to learn the art of descent planning and, really, energy management.

Mitsubishi MU–2: Addictive performance

Article | May 01, 2011

Mitsubishi’s entrant to the American general aviation scene in the late 1960s—the MU–2 twin turboprop—was a cutting-edge airplane that, performance-wise, blew the doors off the competition. At the time, the Beech King Air 90 couldn’t come close to the speedy Japanese newcomer.

System Synopsis: The new redline

Article | May 01, 2011

While an MU–2 can certainly cruise faster than 300 KTAS, its ASI redline (right) is set at 250 KIAS. This prevents overspeeds at low altitudes.

Turbine Pilot: Making the turbine transition

Article | Apr 01, 2011

Last year at the NBAA convention in Atlanta and AOPA Aviation Summit in Long Beach, I moderated panels on moving up to turbine airplanes. The seminar was part of the Light Business Aircraft series of forums co-hosted by the two associations at their respective conventions.

Logbook entry

Article | Mar 01, 2011

Compiling business jet and turboprop accident statistics has been an objective of mine since the early 1960s. When I was a Navy carrier pilot and safety officer—and later a Pan Am pilot—I met an insurance executive who was concerned about insuring the new business jets and turboprops being bought by corporations.

AOPA Media

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2011

Experience AOPA Pilot on your computer or mobile device So radio was going to replace print, television was going to replace radio, the Internet was going to replace, well, everything. None of the predictions have come true but no matter the medium people want good content—you’ll read/watch/listen to anything, any way as long as you deem it “good.” Our goal at AOPA Media is to provide you with the most interesting, informative, entertaining, good content—on our magazine pages, on our website, through our e-mail newsletters, and on our video channel, AOPA Live.

Compelling Kestrel

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2011

Alan Klapmeier's back with a new company - and a new plane - the single-engine turboprop Kestrel, a sleek, six-seat, 340-knot composite aircraft.

Pilot Briefing

Article | Dec 01, 2010

Virgin Galactic ‘Enterprise’ completes glide test The suborbital commercial tourist spaceship VSS (Virgin Spaceship) Enterprise—also known as SpaceShipTwo—owned by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company completed its first unpowered glide test October 10. You can see a video of the flight on the Virgin Galactic website.

What to expect when you step up

Article | Dec 01, 2010

Turboprop airplanes are simpler in some ways than pistons, although the environment in which turboprops operate opens up a whole new world of requirements and knowledge. And then there’s the complexity of the machines themselves in terms of systems.


Article | Nov 01, 2010

It was impossible not to finish the article “Pride of WWII” written by Barry Schiff (September 2010 AOPA Pilot). This was by far the best article I have ever read in AOPA Pilot.

Waypoints: Why your next engine may be a turboprop

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

Dateline: 1990—Citing the product liability crisis in aviation and related dearth of piston-aircraft manufacturing, aircraft manufacturers consol- idate product lines and focus on the more lucrative business jet market. Turboprops, despite the recent success of the Cessna Caravan, are projected to be the next market segment eviscerated.

Seizing the day

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

The dismal data confirm a grim, well-known reality: 2009 was a disastrous year for aircraft manufacturers—and owners felt the pain as the value of used aircraft plummeted, too. Less visible, however, was the fact that some bargain shoppers recognized the down market as a chance to snap up deals on highly discounted aircraft.

Turbine Pilot: Flying in the wild, wild west

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

Lessing Stern’s initial introduction to flying came as a child when he traveled on airplanes his parents owned for business. The corporate aircraft included a Gulfstream G1 turboprop and later Sabreliner and Citation jets that moved them about the country from their home in Colorado.

Turbine Pilot Special Section: Before You Buy, Prebuy

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

A prepurchase inspection is always a challenge, whether the airplane is a J–3 Cub or a Boeing 727. But a turboprop, with its combination of jet engine(s) mated to propeller(s), plus its many systems, makes for one of the most difficult.

Turbine Pilot Special Section: The Next Airplane

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

John Hayes’ two-decade march through airplanes of ever-increasing capability and complexity seems, in hindsight, as if it were carefully planned from the start. ‘AOPA Pilot’, Turbine Edition, OCTOBER 2009 Table of Contents D-JET Dawn Moving to turbine power Up and coming The next airplane Brazilian breakaway Before you buy, prebuy It wasn’t.


Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

Garmin International continues its march toward penetrating more of the turbine market. The company’s popular three-screen G1000 avionics suite is already standard equipment on Cessna’s Mustang light jet and Caravan single-engine turboprop, Daher-Socata’s TBM 850, and Piper’s Meridian.

Turbine Pilot Special Section: Up and coming

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

In spite of the doom and gloom tumbling off the newspapers, television, and the Internet, the fact is that new general aviation airplanes are in the works. Sure, some have fallen by the wayside.

Turbine Pilot: New magic

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2009

The Garmin G1000 cockpit upgrade to the Piper Meridian represents the third-generation cockpit for the 10-year-old design, but the first that can be called truly integrated. Piper entered the single-engine turboprop fray starting in 1998 with the announcement of the Meridian; deliveries began in late 2000.