Pilot Magazine | 2015, 01 12
The indescribably blue ocean around the Bahamas is intriguing from any height, but when seen from the close proximity of a seaplane, it dazzles.
A luxury hotel at one of the world’s most idyllic beaches sees its paved, 2,500-foot runway both as part of its heritage, and a key to its future.
Pilot Magazine | 2015, 01 09
I recently had the pleasure of changing the spark plugs in the Lycoming O-320 that powers my Experimental Van’s Aircraft RV–4, and, for a change, it really was a pleasure.
“Simulated electrical fire,” I said. “What are you going to do?”
The “Reimagined” AOPA 2015 Sweepstakes 152 was built on an overly optimistic forecast.
Pilot Magazine | 2014, 12 05
Larry Hill’s face lights up as a slight tug on N152UC’s yoke causes the AOPA Sweepstakes 152 airplane to ease off the ground and into the air at AOPA’s home base in Frederick, Maryland.
Article | 2014, 12 03
Finding the notams relevant to your planned flights just got easier. The FAA's new online search tool streamlines the burdensome and confusing process of wading through scores of safety notices filled with obscure acronyms.
Pilot Magazine | 2014, 12 01
How ATC worked together in the aftermath of the Chicago Center fire
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As AOPA’s longest serving board member, R. Anderson “Andy” Pew has helped guide the organization through times of tailwinds and turbulence.
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.
The smartphones that have become our constant flying companions also are fairly sophisticated still and video cameras.
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.
Pilot Magazine | 2014, 08 07
The Touch’s 10.6-inch screen dominated the narrow Carbon Cub panel.
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.
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.
Article | 2014, 08 04
Triple R Aircraft sets high standards to spur demand for rebuilt aircraft.
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.
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.
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.<
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.
Well-known aviation writer Mike Busch’s “Manifesto” is to be the first of a maintenance series.
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.
Tablet computers are quickly becoming essential avionics.
Article | 2014, 07 29
Flight Design says production and testing of its four-seat C4 is on target despite the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
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.
Safe Flight has developed an angle-of-attack system that does much more than help pilots fly precise approaches and avoid stalls.
EAA Chairman Jack Pelton called FAA delays on third class pilot medical reform “deeply frustrating.”
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 is moving forward on the Cirrus SF50 Vision jet and customer deliveries are expected in late 2015, Cirrus officials said.
Article | 2014, 07 23
Garmin is offering a downsized version of its popular G3X Touch designed for tight experimental and light sport panels.
Cirrus Aircraft is adapting its popular SR22-series aircraft for surveillance and related missions.
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
Article | 2014, 07 19
Garmin has created a wireless bridge to connect tablet computers running the Garmin Pilot app with panel-mount avionics.
Article | 2014, 07 17
Garmin has expanded the reach of its Pilot app for tablet computers to cover the entire planet.
Article | 2014, 07 09
Flying Eyes has launched a crowd-funding effort to launch its new sunglasses line.
Article | 2014, 07 08
Savvy Analysis founder Mike Busch has developed an automated warning system for impending exhaust valve failures.
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.
The Mountain West and a Carbon Cub test the new Garmin G3X Touch avionics system.
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?
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.
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.
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?
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.
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