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Airframe: Rethinking roll control

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 11 01

Ailerons have been well studied and thoroughly understood in the century since aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss invented them for roll control. But can they be improved?

Classic in the making

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 11 01

It happens at 125 miles per hour. That’s the speed at which the sound of the rushing wind drowns out the growl of the Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer’s 180-horsepower engine.

Preserving a lost art

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 11 01

I’m concentrating so intently during this formation checkride that my whole world is reduced to lining up two small and normally unrelated objects: the lead airplane’s aileron hinge and spinner.

Cirrus: First conforming Vision jet to fly in 2014

Article | 2013, 10 10

Cirrus Aircraft expects to fly its first conforming SF50 Vision jet in early 2014 and the company will be able to build up to 150 new aircraft a year when the program is in full production.

Frugal Flyer: My $1 million education

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 10 01

It’s hard to place a value on my nearly 7,000 hours spent aloft in general aviation aircraft, but $1 million is probably close.

Epic LT: Seeing is believing

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 10 01

The Epic LT’s sleek looks aren’t deceiving. The six-seat, 1,200-horsepower kitbuilt speedster is all about going fast and far.

Journey to the Land of Midnight Sun

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 10 01

Jagged peaks—some of them more than a mile high—line both sides of Alaska’s Stikine River as we follow the winding waterway up a deep glacial valley.

Pilots: Jack Schulte

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 10 01

Jack Schulte prefers to fly in summer—and he does so for six months a year. In June, July, and August, he flies a Cessna 182 in the Mountain West from his home at Alpine Airpark in Wyoming.

A GoPro competitor: Garmin VIRB

Article | 2013, 09 26

Garmin is jumping into action cameras with the VIRB, a compact, well-engineered unit sure to begin showing up in cockpits immediately.

Jeppesen: An elegantly designed VFR app

Article | 2013, 09 20

Jeppesen's Mobile FliteDeck VFR takes a refreshing and seemingly unique stance in the superheated app arms race.

Greenville Seaplane Fly-In turns 40

Slideshow | 2013, 09 18

At a time when airports are hemmed in by high fences, barbed wire, and security gates, seaplanes provide rare direct public access to airplanes.

Can airshows come back?

Article | 2013, 09 05

Airshows have endured many setbacks in their long U.S. history—but no single season has brought as much adversity as 2013.

Visual approach: Summer solstice

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 09 01

It’s a week before the summer solstice, and even though it’s 9 p.m., the sun at this far northern latitude is well above the mountains ringing Alaska’s stunning Glacier Bay.

EAA Founder Paul Poberezny dies

Article | 2013, 08 22

Paul Poberezny, the energetic, charismatic, and personable founder of the Experimental Aircraft Association, died Aug. 22 at the age of 91.

Pilot guidebook for Mexico, Central America available

Article | 2013, 08 05

The Pilot’s Guide to Mexico and Central America contains detailed instructions on arrival and departure procedures as well as current contact information for 229 large and small airports (143 in Mexico and 86 in Central America).

King Schools offers helicopter FIRC

Article | 2013, 08 01

King Schools is launching an online flight instructor refresher course (FIRC) tailored for helicopter instructors.

Hartzell to sponsor Team AeroDynamix

Article | 2013, 08 01

Hartzell Propeller has installed its newest composite props on Team AeroDynamix aircraft and will sponsor the 12-airplane formation group for the next five years.

Efficiency: Perfect pitch

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 08 01

Unmanned aircraft and airboats would seem to have little to offer general aviation, but growth in the two industries is spurring advancements in propeller design and other technologies—with positive implications for aircraft owners and pilots.

Kestrel’s single-engine turboprop delayed

Article | 2013, 07 31

Kestrel Aircraft has made fast progress on engineering, but a shortage of funds is delaying the single-engine turboprop.

Lycoming in pursuit of unleaded options

Article | 2013, 07 31

Lycoming CEO Michael Kraft said the long-debated transition to unleaded general aviation fuel will ultimately benefit the industry, owners, and pilots.

Rotax 912 iS sips fuel, gains converts

Article | 2013, 07 30

Rotax 912 iS engines are dominating the light sport aircraft marketplace. The company has shipped more than 400 of its fuel-injected, computer-controlled engines in the first year.

No-compromises SuperStol bush plane sells well

Article | 2013, 07 30

Just Aircraft Founder Gary Schmitt wasn't sure anyone else would be interested in the no-compromises bush airplane that he wanted to own and fly.

New VAC program helps returning vets

Article | 2013, 07 29

The Veterans Airlift Command, a volunteer organization that provides wounded combat veterans with free transportation on general aviation aircraft, has added a new mission—helping Iraq and Afghanistan veterans return to civilian life.

Icon gets weight limit increase for up to 250 pounds

Article | 2013, 07 29

The FAA granted Icon Aircraft a long-sought exemption from strict light sport aircraft weight limits to incorporate a spin-resistant design for its amphibious A5 that the agency says is "in the public interest."

First airplane powered by compressed natural gas

Article | 2013, 07 26

Could CNG be an avgas alternative? The Aviat Husky with a 200-horsepower Lycoming engine is the first aircraft that can run on avgas or CNG, and the change can be made with the flick of a switch in the cockpit.