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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.

GRT Avionics sponsors Microjet

Article | 2013, 07 26

GRT Avionics is sponsoring the FLS Microjet, a BD-5J variant billed as the world’s smallest jet.

iPad developers to meet at AirVenture

Article | 2013, 07 26

Leaders in the aviation iPad revolution will meet during EAA AirVenture to discuss the future of tablet computers in general aviation.

Garmin’s new non-TSO radio

Article | 2013, 07 25

Garmin’s new GTR 200 radio gives Experimental and light sport aircraft better, cheaper options than FAA-certified equipment.

Dogfight: The E6B computer

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 07 01

This month, we welcome esteemed aviation writer Barry Schiff into the ring. He and Senior Editor Dave Hirschman debate the merits of one of aviation's finest inventions--the E6B computer.

East/West Fly Off

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 07 01

The Beech T–34 and Nanchang CJ–6 were built at the same time for the same purpose--military flight training--yet the two airplanes are a study in contrasts.

Propulsion: Where Do We Go From Here?

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 07 01

While general aviation faces numerous challenges, arguably none is bigger than the future of our powerplants. Today, most of us fly behind, next to, or in front of engines designed 70 or more years ago.

Avionics: Who are you talking to?

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 07 01

There's a momentary doubt each time we check in on a new frequency: Did I hear it right? Did I dial it in correctly? Was I given the proper frequency? Garmin's new radios, the GNC 255A nav/com and the GTR 225 com, take away any uncertainty.

Technique: All the way to the chocks

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 07 01

The windsock indicated a direct and very strong crosswind as the clipped-wing J–3 Cub touched down on the runway. The pilot, Jimmy Gist, was doing a masterful job of putting the feather-light airplane down on its main wheels and tracking the centerline despite the stiff winter wind.

Avidyne/Aspen combo approved in Cirrus SR20, SR22

Article | 2013, 06 28

Avidyne’s DFC90 autopilot can now be paired with Aspen’s EFD1000 PFDs for older Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft, Avidyne officials said.