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Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2007

Cirrus, Cessna, Diamond top piston manufacturers First-quarter numbers from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) show Cirrus Design topping Cessna Aircraft in piston-engine aircraft shipments; Cirrus had 144 and Cessna 133. But closing not far behind was Diamond Aircraft with 115 shipments in the first quarter, including 42 DA42 Twin Star aircraft.

AOPA's Catch-A-Cardinal Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2007

Airframe refurbishment 101 So you've bought an airplane. The first thing you want to do is take it apart, right? Well, maybe you have other ideas, like flying it.

Keeping the Past Flying

Article | Feb 01, 2007

We can hear it through the fog burning off on the bottom land, a radial engine of, oh, maybe 200 or 300 horsepower pumping along overhead. Several visitors to the tenth annual Wood, Fabric, & Tailwheels Fly-In at Lee Bottom Flying Field near Hanover, Indiana, landed the previous afternoon, but the first official arrivals are about to come slipping down over the withered cornstalks onto the dewy grass.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2007

P2 Aviation Time Trac Aircraft owners and chief pilots of flight departments and flight schools want to spend their time flying airplanes instead of sitting in front of smudged and often-illegible flight records in the attempt to maintain pilot currency records, as well as those of maintenance components and service-bulletin and airworthiness-directive compliance. Now they can abandon their pencils in favor of a nifty solution called TimeTrac from P2 Aviation Technology in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2006

B+ for Lockheed Martin's FSS Performance Some members may not agree, but overall, Lockheed Martin has earned a B+ so far for its operation of the flight service station (FSS) system, according to AOPA officials. Company executives met in August with AOPA staff to review progress and AOPA members' concerns about the service they're getting from the automated flight service station (FSS) facilities.

SIPA S-200 Minijet

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2006

But very few of these petite little jets were ever made The French SIPA S-200 Minijet was the world's first civilian turbojet airplane to enter production. Moreover, it was the world's first VLJ (very light jet).

AOPA's Win a Six in '06 Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2006

It's the panel that makes the plane Visitors to AOPA's Big Yellow Tent didn't wait for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh's official opening at 9 a.m. on Monday of the event.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2006

Zaon Flight Systems PCAS XRX With all the head-down equipment found on board general aviation aircraft these days — and the busy traffic patterns and corridors we fly within — you need all the help you can get watching for traffic. One aid to your scan is a recently upgraded portable traffic detector from Zaon Flight Systems, formerly SureCheck Aviation.

Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2006

A show of hands here: Who hasn't rolled his eyes when a news anchor attributes an airplane crash to an engine stalling on takeoff? You'll never have to worry about that kind of gaffe coming from CNN's garrulous, infinitely quotable Miles O'Brien because he has connections in high places: flight instructors, airline transport pilots, aeronautical engineers. Those kinds of connections.

Pilotage

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2006

Aviation journalist Mark R. Twombly flies corporate aircraft from southern Florida.

AOPA's Win a Six in '06 Sweepstakes

Article | Jul 01, 2006

The Win a Six gets panel power galore Big things are in the works at Muncie Aviation Co. After six weeks in Muncie's avionics shop, AOPA's Win a Six in '06 Sweepstakes airplane has undergone a major-league transformation.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2006

A wealth of maintenance information is just a click away Everyone knows that the Internet is an unbelievable source of all kinds of information. For the general aviation pilot who works on his own airplane or just wants to be able to converse intelligently with his mechanic, the Internet is a great source of free data.

Budget Buy

Article | Nov 01, 2005

The Aeronca Sedan is a 1940s four-placer that is comfortable anywhere Had the gears of fate meshed differently, the best-selling civilian airplane in history might have been an outgrowth of the Aeronca 15-AC Sedan, instead of its contemporary and competitor, the Cessna 170. Indeed, but for critical decisions made by companies facing the financial abyss when the post-World War II aviation boom went bust, it might be Cessna, not Aeronca, which today makes high-quality thrust reversers and other aircraft components rather than complete airplanes.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2005

As I pulled the propeller blade down, a cylinder fired and sent the propeller spinning. It happened in a split second and nothing seemed wrong until the engine fired.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2005

GAMA: 2004 a 'turnaround year' for GA General aviation manufacturers made a strong recovery in 2004, General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) officials said in mid-February at the association's annual industry review and outlook. GAMA Chairman James E.

Turbine Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2005

More performance for less cost Beechcraft's 90-series King Airs — the so-called "baby" King Airs, because they are the smallest of the series — have been in production for 40 years now. Some of the earlier versions are getting very long in the tooth and face expensive engine overhauls.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2005

Mooney gets back on its feet Mooney Aerospace Group will be back to focusing on building and selling airplanes after the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware approved a reorganization plan, company officials said.

Budget Buys

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2005

Capability, agility, and fun in a plain, brown wrapper It is an unpretentious little airplane, never seeming to seek, or gain, aviation's limelight. Those who have been fortunate enough to make the acquaintance of the Aeronca Chief know that wrapped up in a less-than-$20,000 package is an airplane that is forgiving of the transgressions of inexperienced or distracted pilots, yet perfectly capable of responding surely to the touch of the most able.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2004

Illuminating advice for the cockpit There are still a few of the old World War II-vintage instruments in the general aviation fleet. They glow in the dark because of the radium-based (and radioactive) paint on the instrument needles and instrument faces.

AOPA Action in California

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2004

Truckee loses board majority to opponents The three new members of the Truckee-Tahoe Airport District elected to the five-member board in November are members of a group that wants to limit growth of the airport. Their candidacy was supported by the Community Airport Restoration Effort (CARE) that has raised concerns about land use and noise related to the airport.

Sport Pilot Lands

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2004

The Sport Pilot and Light-Sport Aircraft initiative means many things to many people. For nearly a decade the FAA and the general aviation community toiled away, trying to make the bricks fit into a complicated regulatory wall.

Never Again Online: Trapped on top

Article | Sep 01, 2004

I was due for my flight review, and my friend and neighbor Bruce (a pseudonym) was an instructor. This was one of those brilliant blue autumn days, the kind that make their way onto a meteorologist's top-ten list, and when I noticed Bruce dutifully raking leaves in his yard I suggested that there might be a much better way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

AOPA's Win-A-Twin Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2004

A custom leather-and-wool interior rounds out the Win-A-Twin You may have brand-new engines, a snazzy paint job, and an airframe logbook chock full of upgrade sign-offs, but none of that matters when you're in the cockpit. You can't see those things when you're flying.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2004

GENERAL The first six of the Century-series fighters were the North American F-100, the McDonnell F-101, the Convair F-102, the Lockheed F-104, the Republic F-105, and the Convair F-106. By what names were they known? From reader George K.

Checklist Flows

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2004

The team of three pilots climbed into the cockpit of the simulator and went immediately to their assigned tasks. Hands glanced over the buttons, switches, and dials of the Boeing 747-100 as each worked through his section of the panel, preparing the simulated airplane for flight.