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Safety

Article | Apr 19, 2015

Flying Club members are more likely to have opportunities to fly different aircraft, and getting the proper transition training can make a big different. ASI has created a new online course, Transitioning to Other Airplanes, to help pilots – whether your stepping up to a more advanced aircraft, stepping down to something lighter and less powerful, moving to an experimental, or transitioning to different avionics it’s important to know what to expect.

Continental, Chinese university partner on GA training

Article | Apr 17, 2015

Continental Motors Group and the Civil Aviation University of China have signed a memorandum of understanding to support growing demand for general aviation in China, Continental announced April 15.

Eclipse, Kestrel merge to form ONE

Article | Apr 15, 2015

Two relative newcomers to aviation have come together to form ONE—ONE Aviation, that is. Eclipse Aerospace and Kestrel Aircraft are merging to create the new company, to be led by aviation innovator Alan Klapmeier.

Flight Design C4 flies

Article | Apr 14, 2015

Flight Design’s four-place C4 completed its maiden flight April 9, with no surprises.

Chinese companies order Cessna Skyhawks for training

Article | Apr 14, 2015

Cessna Aircraft has secured orders from four companies in China for Skyhawk training aircraft, Cessna parent company Textron Aviation announced April 13.

M600 tops Piper product line

Article | Apr 14, 2015

Piper Aircraft upped its game in the single-engine turboprop market April 13 with the introduction of the M600, a higher-performing version of the Meridian.

Fuel leaks prompt FAA fine

Article | Apr 13, 2015

The FAA has proposed a $430,000 fine against Textron Aviation subsidiary Beechcraft after fuel leaks were found in 43 Barons delivered between January 2012 and November 2013.

Avionics sales up 4 percent

Article | Apr 09, 2015

Worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales of more than $2.5 billion during 2014 were 4 percent higher than in 2013, the Aircraft Electronics Association said.

'Living in the Age of Airplanes' premieres at Air and Space Museum

Article | Apr 09, 2015

Living in the Age of Airplanes, a documentary described as “a love letter to airplanes and what they mean to us,” premiered April 8.

Test pilot leads Textron pistons

Article | Apr 08, 2015

Doug May, named Textron Aviation's piston airplane chief April 3, said, “I consider myself one of those passionate aviation enthusiasts.” May spoke to AOPA about his plans for the future.

Tianxiang Flight School to add 16 diesel DA40s

Article | Apr 07, 2015

Xinjiang Tianxiang Flight School in Xinjiang Province in northwest China will nearly double its fleet of 16 Continental Diesel CD-135-powered Diamond DA40 trainer aircraft, Continental Motors Group announced March 27.

Missing money, absent aircraft

Article | Apr 06, 2015

Aviation Access Project customers across the country paid thousands for a painful lesson.

SuperSTOL stretched

Article | Apr 01, 2015

Just Aircraft has stretched the SuperSTOL, giving the backcountry-capable kitplane a longer fuselage that allows for larger engines.

HondaJet gets provisional type certificate

Article | Mar 27, 2015

Honda Aircraft announced March 27 that it had received FAA provisional type certification for the HondaJet, paving the way for final type certification “in the next few months.”

Guimbal Cabri G2 now FAA certified

Article | Mar 25, 2015

Europe's only piston helicopter manufacturer has crossed the pond. Guimbal's Cabri G2 is now FAA certified and has settled into the primary training market.

NASA to fly Tecnam twin in research project

Article | Mar 23, 2015

A modified Tecnam P2006T twin-engine airplane has been chosen to move NASA's Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology project from ground runs to flight testing.

Your chance to experience business aviation

Article | Mar 12, 2015

The AOPA Pilot BizAv and You contest powered by Pilatus gives you a chance to fly a PC-12 NG on missions that showcase the capabilities of business aircraft.

Wyoming transformations

Pilot Magazine | Mar 11, 2015

Afton, Wyoming—Before their transformations can begin, the worn, hard-flown Cessna 152s selected for the AOPA “You Can Fly” program must get to this mountain valley.

Composite Helicopters to certify new models

Article | Mar 04, 2015

New Zealand helicopter company Composite Helicopters is moving from kit to certified carbon fiber rotorcraft.

Robinson Helicopter betting on future growth

Article | Mar 04, 2015

Prolific helicopter manufacturer Robinson saw lower sales in 2014 on weak global demand, but a new engine deal and some aircraft options indicate a strong future.

‘Dominatrix of helicopters’ charges on

Article | Mar 04, 2015

Declaring this “a time for disruptors,” flamboyant MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton vowed to keep her storied company moving forward into her second decade of ownership.

Bell upgrades 407, scores large sale

Article | Mar 03, 2015

Bell Helicopter put a new engine in its 407, got a larger payload, and upgraded avionics. It attracted a new customer.

Turboprop builder Quest Aircraft sold to Japanese group

Article | Feb 18, 2015

Quest Aircraft, manufacturer of the 10-seat Kodiak single-engine turboprop designed for backcountry aviation, has been acquired by Setouchi Holdings of Japan.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Feb 15, 2015

The Cessna 150 has been used to teach pilots to fly for decades and is still going strong. It is durable, simple to fly to and inexpensive to operate. It may not be fancy, but most pilots have a soft spot for this reliable little trainer. Pocono Mountains Flying Club President Paul Houle shares how his club is creating new pilots with the venerable Cessna 150.

Drop in chopper shipments a concern, analyst says

Article | Feb 11, 2015

Analyst Brian Foley says a drop in shipments for helicopters as shown in the General Aviation Manufacturers Association report represents a concern for the future.

Training Tip: Leaning toward a decision

Article | Feb 09, 2015

The student is about to demonstrate a power-off stall entry when the instructor asks, "Should we adjust the mixture first?"

The king of speed

Pilot Magazine | Feb 06, 2015

Cessna’s original Citation X was introduced in 1990, and the first production aircraft was delivered to golfing legend Arnold Palmer.

Warbird flyover of D.C. planned for May 8

Article | Feb 05, 2015

Warbird organizations including the Commemorative Air Force will celebrate the seventieth anniversary of VE Day with a Washington, D.C., flyover.

Fresh Skyhawks for CAP

Article | Feb 05, 2015

Search and rescue remains a core function of the Civil Air Patrol, although the 21 new Cessna 172s recently purchased have a different mission.

Field of seven vies for Collier Trophy

Article | Feb 04, 2015

Seven aviation and aerospace endeavors are in the running for the 2014 Robert J. Collier Trophy, awarded annually by the National Aeronautic Association.

P&E Ownership

Pilot Magazine | Feb 04, 2015

By even the most optimistic estimates, it will take at least two more decades before Jet A becomes a dominant fuel in the U.S. piston aircraft fleet.

Test pilot

Pilot Magazine | Feb 04, 2015

What well-known U.S. manufacturer of general aviation aircraft was founded by three brothers?

Latitude rolls out

Article | Jan 30, 2015

Cessna Aircraft staff gathered around the first production Citation Latitude to celebrate another step toward certification of an aircraft important to the firm’s future.

Sporty’s offers refurbished 172s

Article | Jan 28, 2015

Sporty’s has struck a chord with flight schools and others looking for an affordable, like-new aircraft.

New Meridian: Piper updates pressurized turbine single

Article | Jan 27, 2015

Piper’s latest edition of the Meridian pressurized turboprop features updated avionics and six seats in club configuration for $2.26 million.

Aviation caucus formed in California’s legislature

Advocacy | Jan 21, 2015

An aviation caucus has been created in California’s state Senate and Assembly, joining other states and the U.S. Congress.

Crash at Sebring show kills two

Article | Jan 20, 2015

An amphibious ultralight crashed near the runway at Sebring Regional Airport in Florida during the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo Jan. 16, killing the two men aboard.

Training Tip: Flaps-extended operations

Article | Jan 20, 2015

Some aircraft have only one maximum flaps-extended airspeed. Others may have several.

Answers for Pilots: Do it yourself

Article | Jan 16, 2015

The FAA allows aircraft owners to perform many preventive maintenance tasks provided they do not involve complex assembly operations.

Learjet 85 program stalls

Article | Jan 16, 2015

Bombardier Inc. shares tumbled following an announcement that the company would ‘pause’ the Learjet 85 program, lay off 1,000 workers, and write off $1.4 billion.

Fuel starts to tumble

Article | Jan 14, 2015

Analysts say the price of avgas may be cut by nearly half in the coming months; the decline has already begun.

Pilot Briefing: 2015 Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

The “Reimagined” AOPA 2015 Sweepstakes 152 was built on an overly optimistic forecast.

Training Tip: Speed reader

Article | Jan 05, 2015

Quick, what’s the Vso for your trainer? What’s 30 percent of that airspeed?

Cirrus completes fleet

Article | Dec 23, 2014

Cirrus Aircraft celebrated the successful first flight on Dec. 20 of its third conforming SF50 Vision personal jet.