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NTSB supports practical approach to ECi cylinder AD

Article | Nov 14, 2013

In an unusual move the NTSB tells the FAA it supports a more conservative approach to addressing problems with thousands of ECi cylinders.

FAA approves wingtip device 'cradle' for some aircraft

Article | Nov 14, 2013

The FAA has approved a system for attaching electronic devices to the wingtips of many Cessna and Piper aircraft.

Weekend seaplane odyssey

Article | Nov 13, 2013

As a baker's dozen of pilots discover, moving five seaplanes--four of them on straight floats--1,200 nm from Minneapolis to Florida is an adventure in flying, and a lesson in human relations.

JA Aero Club's creation inspired by AOPA research

Article | Nov 05, 2013

The Sugar Grove, Ill.-based JA Aero Club was created in part because of AOPA's 2012 research on flying clubs.

Cessna Citation X speed confirmed

Article | Nov 04, 2013

Cessna has reclaimed the distinction of producing the fastest civilian aircraft, with a top speed of Mach 0.935 confirmed in certification flight tests.

Aircraft shipments mixed

Article | Nov 01, 2013

The latest data on aircraft shipments released Oct. 31 by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association show a softening demand for business jets.

Preserving a lost art

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

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.

Room enough for all

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

When we start flying, many of us dream of the day when we can load up the entire family—including the dog, all the luggage we desire, and plenty of fuel for a memorable cross-country trip.

Pilot Briefing: Tuskegee Airman mentors a young pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

If 15-year-old Kimberly Anyadike had run into any trouble flying the Cessna 172 from Los Angeles to Newport News, Virginia, and back—the youngest African-American pilot to make the trip—she carried along the perfect instructor pilot in the seat behind her.

Technique: Autobrain

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

The manual for Garmin’s GFC 700 autopilot installed in a Cessna Nav III-equipped airplane is 35 pages.

Weighing in on weight-and-balance apps

Apps of the week | Oct 28, 2013

Calculating weight and balance is an important task. So this week, AOPA takes a look at five apps that can handle it

Training Tip: The limiting angle

Article | Oct 25, 2013

Returning to the ramp after a lunch break, you behold a vacant tiedown spot where your trainer had been parked!

Nextant scores huge jet order

Article | Oct 23, 2013

Nextant takes another leap ahead of Beechcraft in competition to refurbish the Hawker 400 fleet.

Beechcraft King Air sets speed record

Article | Oct 23, 2013

A Beechcraft King Air 350ER has set a speed record on a flight from San Diego to Orlando, Fla. The record was set in October 2012 at 331 mph.

Improve aircraft performance with efficiency mods, part 4

Aircraft Maintenance | Oct 23, 2013

If you own an aircraft produced in reasonably large numbers, you can be assured that there are companies marketing modifications to improve performance. However, it pays to be a bit skeptical when evaluating any specific speed gains promised.

Jackie Chan buys first Legacy 500

Article | Oct 22, 2013

In a normally staid National Business Aviation Association convention, Jackie Chan shows up at an Embraer press conference, buys a Legacy 500, and plays to an adoring crowd.

General aviation airport makes comeback in Texas

Article | Oct 22, 2013

When it seemed inevitable that a transition from airfield to racetrack might become irreversible, pilot Mark Drake bought the place.

Beechcraft spools up for first Wheels Up deliveries

Article | Oct 22, 2013

Touting strong numbers and an energized staff, Beechcraft executives told reporters Oct. 21 that the company is ready to compete, including in the single-engine turboprop market when the market is right.

Cessna: Bright future for bizjets, none for Skycatcher

Article | Oct 21, 2013

At the National Business Aviation Association convention, Cessna CEO Scott Ernest updated reporters on new products emerging from the production line. He said Cessna’s bizjets were looking up but said the Skycatcher had no future.

Gulfstream sets world speed record

Article | Oct 21, 2013

A Gulfstream G650 completed the fastest westbound around-the-world flight for a non-supersonic aircraft.

Tamarack active winglets to be sold by Cessna

Article | Oct 21, 2013

Tamarack Aerospace has won an agreement with Cessna Aircraft to sell, market, and install winglets on smaller Citation business jets.

Beechcraft 400XPR now offers Garmin G5000

Article | Oct 21, 2013

Beechcraft began work with Sierra Industries some years ago to develop upgrades for the Hawker/Beechjet 400 fleet. The Beechcraft-operated program is nearing completion and now offers the Garmin G5000 glass cockpit.