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Sweepstakes 2015: Meet your new 152

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 11 12

Your “Reimagined” AOPA 2015 Sweepstakes 152 is just like all the 30-something trainers you’ve ever flown—and it’s nothing like them.

P&E/Frugal Flier: Aircraft logs you just can’t lose

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 11 07

If you’ve ever felt a pit in your stomach when searching for—and not immediately finding—your aircraft logbooks, there’s now a solution for that.

Debrief: Blade flier Jeffrey Cain

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 11 07

Flying vintage biplanes requires pilots to develop an intuitive feel for their aircraft and keen rudder acuity. But can a double-leg amputee develop such sensitivity?

'ATC Zero': Inside the Chicago Center fire

Article | 2014, 11 06

Without warning, radar scopes went dark and radio frequencies fell silent. In the basement of Chicago Center early Sept. 26, investigators say a contract employee destroyed the communications network, forcing an “ATC Zero” situation. Controllers from Chicago and around the nation banded together to overcome the act of destruction.

Technology: iPad best practices

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 10 07

As the quantity and variety of flight-related information on tablets increases, the question for pilots becomes how best to employ them without becoming overwhelmed.

AOPA surprises Debonair winner in the air

Article | 2014, 10 05

The AOPA 2014 Sweepstakes Debonair was awarded Oct. 5 to Steve Lagergren of rural Litchfield, Minnesota, after an elaborate ruse in which the much sought-after and highly customized airplane was delivered to him in the sky near his home airport.

Presidents meet in Wyoming

Article | 2014, 09 11

The first fly-in meeting of the Young Presidents' Organization's Aviation Network drew more than 150 people to Alpine Airpark, an upscale fly-in community in the natural beauty of far western Wyoming.

Sweepstakes 2015: GA Aircraft Reimagined

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 09 08

Among the many exotic aircraft at the world’s largest airshow, a once-common Cessna 152 trainer at the AOPA tent at AirVenture drew more than its share of curiosity.

Pilots: AOPA Ambassador R. Anderson 'Andy' Pew

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 09 08

As AOPA’s longest serving board member, R. Anderson “Andy” Pew has helped guide the organization through times of tailwinds and turbulence.

P&E Frugal Flier: iPad screen protection

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 09 05

As iPads become ever more central to flying, accessories that make them work better in the cockpit take on new importance.

P&E Technology: Smarter smartphone photos

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 09 05

The smartphones that have become our constant flying companions also are fairly sophisticated still and video cameras.

‘Battle of Britain’ movie airplanes sold

Article | 2014, 08 28

The rare fighters from the 1969 Battle of Britain movie have been sold to restorers in the United States and Europe, according to the agent handling the sale.

P&E Avionics: Touché

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 08 07

The Touch’s 10.6-inch screen dominated the narrow Carbon Cub panel.

P&E/A&P: Early warning of valve trouble

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 08 07

In a development that could improve the safety and reliability of piston aircraft engines, Savvy Analysis founder Mike Busch has created an automated warning system for impending exhaust valve failures.

Pilots: Helen Cernik, Piston Single Ferry Pilot

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 08 05

Helen Cernik has made a dozen ocean crossings (nine Atlantic and three Pacific) in single-engine piston aircraft, mostly Cirrus SR22s and SR20s.

New marketing firm creates national network of aircraft restorers

Article | 2014, 08 04

Triple R Aircraft sets high standards to spur demand for rebuilt aircraft.

Frugal Flier: Take the Pledge

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 07 31

The height of bug season is a good time to review the best ways to remove their smashed remnants from aircraft windscreens and leading edges.

TALL TALE [ that’s true ]

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 07 31

Hang around aircraft restorers and you’ll inevitably hear tales of priceless historical relics hidden in barns, buried in shrink wrap, or otherwise stuck in time awaiting discovery.

Light Sport Aircraft: Soul-stirring airplane

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 07 31

Like a duck that switches from sitting placidly atop the water to a furiously splashing, flapping, quacking master of flight, the Amphibious Carbon Cub leaps into air with a burst of raw energy.<

Ice protection, gross weight increase for Lancair Evolution turboprop

Article | 2014, 07 30

Ice protection and a gross weight increase are improving the utility of the Lancair Evolution turboprop, according to Doug Meyer, CEO of the Oregon aircraft kit manufacturer.

Mike Busch writes his first book

Article | 2014, 07 30

Well-known aviation writer Mike Busch’s “Manifesto” is to be the first of a maintenance series.

American Champion Aircraft to produce a diesel bush airplane

Article | 2014, 07 30

American Champion Aircraft will pair its Scout bush plane with an Austro Engines diesel to increase speed, extend range, and allow its aircraft to fly in remote regions where avgas is unavailable.

An iPad based HUD from MyGoFlight

Article | 2014, 07 30

Tablet computers are quickly becoming essential avionics.

Flight Design says four-place aircraft on schedule

Article | 2014, 07 29

Flight Design says production and testing of its four-seat C4 is on target despite the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Cessna to offer diesel-powered Skyhawk

Article | 2014, 07 28

Topping a list of Cessna Aircraft news released at EAA AirVenture is a 155-horsepower diesel-powered Cessna 172 Turbo Skyhawk JT-A.

Beyond stall avoidance: Safe Flight AOA system

Article | 2014, 07 28

Safe Flight has developed an angle-of-attack system that does much more than help pilots fly precise approaches and avoid stalls.

Pelton hits FAA delays on third class medical

Article | 2014, 07 28

EAA Chairman Jack Pelton called FAA delays on third class pilot medical reform “deeply frustrating.”

Avidyne Avionics gets FAA certification for IFD540 nav/com

Article | 2014, 07 28

Avidyne Avionics has received FAA certification for its long-awaited IFD540 nav/com and agency approval for its smaller 440 touchscreen unit is imminent.

Flight testing moving forward on the Cirrus SF50 Vision jet

Article | 2014, 07 28

Flight testing is moving forward on the Cirrus SF50 Vision jet and customer deliveries are expected in late 2015, Cirrus officials said.

Garmin G3X Touch gets smaller

Article | 2014, 07 23

Garmin is offering a downsized version of its popular G3X Touch designed for tight experimental and light sport panels.

Surveillance by Cirrus

Article | 2014, 07 23

Cirrus Aircraft is adapting its popular SR22-series aircraft for surveillance and related missions.

Guardian Avionics wireless bridge saves engine data in cloud

Article | 2014, 07 22

Guardian Avionics has created a wireless bridge that displays engine and flight data on up to six iPads at a time

Garmin Connext links tablet computers with Garmin avionics

Article | 2014, 07 19

Garmin has created a wireless bridge to connect tablet computers running the Garmin Pilot app with panel-mount avionics.

Garmin Pilot app goes global

Article | 2014, 07 17

Garmin has expanded the reach of its Pilot app for tablet computers to cover the entire planet.

Flying Eyes Sunglasses looks to crowd-funding for new product

Article | 2014, 07 09

Flying Eyes has launched a crowd-funding effort to launch its new sunglasses line.

Savvy Analysis: Early warning of valve trouble

Article | 2014, 07 08

Savvy Analysis founder Mike Busch has developed an automated warning system for impending exhaust valve failures.

Fly more often, have more fun with SocialFlight 4.0

Article | 2014, 07 01

The just-released SocialFlight 4.0 app provides detailed information about destinations as well as reviews of area restaurants, hotels, and attractions. The free mobile app also shows current trip planning material such as airport information and weather forecasts.

Garmin G3X Touch takes on the Mountain West

Article | 2014, 07 01

The Mountain West and a Carbon Cub test the new Garmin G3X Touch avionics system.

Craftsmanship: Yellow marvel

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 06 05

Pilots find breathtaking beauty in the curve of a propeller, the shape of a wing, even the thoughtful interface of a piece of avionics. But who makes this stuff and, in some cases, keeps it beautiful for decades?

Sporty's awards sweepstakes RV-12

Article | 2014, 05 21

The purchase of a simple airport/facility directory turned out to be a lot more than that for John Ballard of Midlothian, Texas.

P&E Avionics: Synthetic Vision for tablets

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 05 14

Garmin didn’t invent GPS-derived synthetic vision, but adding it to the G1000 avionics suite legitimized and popularized the technology.

P&E Ownership: Anatomy of a valve failure

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 05 14

New, digital borescopes allow aircraft mechanics to thoroughly inspect the inner workings of piston engines without removing cylinders, but who knows how to interpret the images they see?

P&E Frugal Flier: Hard-headed pilots

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 05 14

Military aviation helmets are perfectly suited for pointy-nosed jets, but they’ve always been less than ideal in general aviation.

Above the Everglades

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 05 13

The shimmering Everglades landscape is unlike any other.

Briefing: Record-setter

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 05 13

Airshow performer Spencer Suderman appears to have set a new world record with an 81-turn, three-minute-plus inverted flat spin in a Pitts S–2B that took him from 23,000 feet to less than 2,000 feet over the California desert.

Diesel Archer approved in Europe

Article | 2014, 04 09

Piper and Continental have teamed to produce a diesel-powered Archer designed for the international flight training market. The first Archer DX has been flying in Germany since February.

General aviation giants

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 04 08

General aviation has always attracted larger-than-life personalities.

OpenAirplane expands to individual aircraft owners

Article | 2014, 04 03

OpenAirplane has expanded its network of rental aircraft to individual owners who can make their airplanes available to a growing pool of pilots.

AeroShell's Able Flight scholarship honors Alan Henley

Article | 2014, 04 01

AeroShell has funded an ongoing flight training scholarship for Able Flight in honor of Alan Henley, the paralyzed former AeroShell Aerobatic Team leader.

Tecnam starts expansion in United States

Article | 2014, 04 01

Tecnam, an Italian firm well established in Europe, is making significant investments aimed at growth in the United States, including introducing the Astore light sport aircraft.