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Textron acting on 2012 idea for turboprop

Article | Jul 28, 2015

First announced by the former Hawker Beechcraft in 2012 as part of a new family of piston and turboprop aircraft, Textron Aviation is planning a 280-knot turboprop.

Bristell offers share program for new aircraft

Article | Jul 21, 2015

Light sport aircraft manufacturer Bristell is betting that while you will rent a 40-year-old Cessna 172, what you really want is a new airplane.

Mooney making strides globally

Article | Jul 21, 2015

The Mooney Airplane Co. is now Mooney International Corp., a nod to the Kerrville, Texas-based manufacturer’s global reach.

Piper: Investment continues after layoffs

Article | Jul 21, 2015

In an EAA AirVenture 2015 press briefing, Piper Aircraft CEO Simon Caldecott commented that “above everything else, we must match production rates with market demand.”

Cessna sells Caravans on floats to China

Article | Jul 20, 2015

China's AVIC Joy Air Holdings has ordered 20 Cessna Grand Caravan EX Amphibian aircraft.

Textron Aviation to use McCauley props on several models

Article | Jul 20, 2015

Textron Aviation says it will get performance enhancements for the Cessna Grand Caravan EX, Cessna TTx, and Beechcraft Baron by using McCauley propellers.

Lockheed buys Sikorsky

Article | Jul 20, 2015

The oldest name in helicopters is changing hands: Lockheed Martin has struck a $9 billion deal to purchase Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies Corp.

Tecnam makes introductory price of P2010 permanent

Article | Jul 20, 2015

The Italian Tecnam P2010 four-seat airplane was to have been sold for $345,000 as an introductory price only. Now, the company has announced that it is the permanent price.

Top Cub certificate sold to Chinese

Article | Jul 20, 2015

CubCrafters has sold the type certificate for its Top Cub to Liaoning Cub Aircraft Corp. of Yingkou, China, but will continue to manufacture the model for non-China markets.

Slowing sales trigger layoffs at Piper

Article | Jul 17, 2015

Piper Aircraft, citing a sales slowdown and economic instability in some of its markets, announced that it will lay off up to 150 workers.

Training Tip: Clearances, abbreviations, readbacks

Article | Jul 13, 2015

A well prepared, well practiced flight test applicant can create a positive impression on a designated examiner long before you head to the practice area.

Large-jet step-up

Pilot Magazine | Jul 07, 2015

For longtime owner-pilots of light jets, the step from the largest jet that can be flown single-pilot to an aircraft that requires a two-pilot crew often seems insurmountable.

Letters: From our June 2015 issue

Pilot Magazine | Jul 06, 2015

Wow! We received a tremendous number of responses to Tom Haines’ editorial on the problems with solving the declining pilot population.

Eclipse 500 factory refresh

Article | Jun 30, 2015

ONE Aviation, formed by the merger of Eclipse Aerospace and Kestrel Aircraft announced in April, is offering a "factory renewed" Eclipse 500 for $2.2 million.

Icon's A5 is for real

Article | Jun 18, 2015

After flying the first fully conforming Icon A5 on June 17 in California's Napa Valley and landing on both water and a hard-surface runway, AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Dave Hirschman says the amphibious LSA more than lives up to its high expectations.

Icon gets go-ahead to produce A5

Article | Jun 17, 2015

Icon Aircraft has completed an FAA audit that gives the company the green light to start producing its long-awaited special light sport amphibious airplanes.

Missouri Cub Scouts learn aviation at Zenith day camp

Article | Jun 15, 2015

More than one hundred Missouri Cub Scouts climbed into cockpits, pulled rivets, and learned about aviation from pilot and Zenith Aircraft Co. President Sebastien Heintz.

Cirrus named AOPA Supporting Sponsor

Article | Jun 09, 2015

AOPA welcomed Cirrus Aircraft as a Supporting Sponsor June 9. Cirrus Aircraft is the first general aviation aircraft manufacturer to participate in the AOPA Corporate Partnership program.

CIRRUS AIRCRAFT NAMED AOPA SUPPORTING SPONSOR

News release | Jun 09, 2015

CIRRUS AIRCRAFT NAMED AOPA SUPPORTING SPONSOR

Pilot Briefing: Products

Pilot Magazine | Jun 09, 2015

Hangars are notorious sweat boxes. They lack insulation, a proper cooling source, and often have terrible ventilation.

Citation Latitude certified

Article | Jun 08, 2015

Cessna Aircraft Co. has a new Citation ready for delivery. The company announced FAA certification of the Latitude June 5.

Safety Pilot: Trust but verify

Pilot Magazine | Jun 03, 2015

The quote, “First, do no harm”—often attributed, erroneously, to the Hippocratic Oath—does have application to aircraft mechanics.

AEA, GAMA announce scholarship winners

Article | May 27, 2015

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association and Aircraft Electronics Association announced the winners of 26 aviation scholarships in May, including a pilot and students pursuing a career in the general aviation maintenance and aircraft electronics industry.

Carter seeks factory

Article | May 21, 2015

After years of development, Jay Carter’s remarkable flying machine is being marketed to aerospace manufacturers.

Citation Latitude, King Air get upgrades, enhancements

Article | May 18, 2015

Textron Aviation subsidiaries Cessna and Beechcraft are both upgrading key aircraft in their lineups, with new King Air features and improved Latitude performance.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | May 17, 2015

If your club is looking for a low-cost trainer, the Cessna 150/152 often comes to mind. But don’t overlook the Piper Tomahawk. When Piper was designing its replacement to the aging Cherokee 140 training fleet in the late 1970s, it surveyed flight instructors and incorporated their input. The result was a reliable trainer that is more spinnable than a 150/152. Nearly 2,500 were made in the five years it was produced. Graham Wilson, chief flight instructor for Windsor Flying Club in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, shares their experience with this T-tail trainer.

Bombardier cuts deeper

Article | May 15, 2015

Bombardier Inc. has taken another bite out of its bizjet production, announcing 1,750 layoffs and blaming soft demand for the Global series.

Cessna halts orders for diesel Cessna 182

Article | May 14, 2015

Cessna Aircraft has confirmed no new purchase agreements are being accepted for the Cessna 182 JT-A diesel-engine Skylane, and numerous dealers have confirmed the project is on hold indefinitely.

Printed jet passes test

Article | May 13, 2015

GE Aviation built a miniature jet engine with a 3-D printer, and ran it up to 33,000 rpm.

Civil Air Patrol buys gas engine Cessna 182s

Article | May 11, 2015

The Civil Air Patrol ordered 17 gasoline-powered Cessna Skylane 182s in April as the diesel Skylane JT-A waits for certification.

Aircraft market slips

Article | May 11, 2015

First-quarter aircraft shipments slipped, and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association is urging U.S. lawmakers to alleviate some of the drag.

Icon A5 nears delivery

Article | May 11, 2015

Icon Aircraft announced May 7 the successful test flight of the first customer A5 aircraft, with delivery expected to follow this summer.

Fly-Ins: Welcome back

Pilot Magazine | May 11, 2015

Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK) will host AOPA’s second 2015 regional fly-in.

P&E: Technique

Pilot Magazine | May 11, 2015

Not done correctly, transitioning to a larger aircraft can and has contributed to accidents.

Superior now consults

Article | May 07, 2015

Superior Aviation Group has created a new subsidiary to offer consulting services to companies looking to bring new aviation offerings to China and elsewhere.

Cirrus Aircraft's Vision comes to Knoxville

Article | May 06, 2015

Cirrus Aircraft's long-awaited jet program took a big step forward this week when the company announced that deliveries and training would take place in a new Knoxville, Tennessee-based facility.

Bell to lay off 1,100 employees

Article | May 01, 2015

Low oil prices, the V-22 Osprey, and U.S. Army surplus sales likely all play a role in job cuts at Bell Helicopter, an analyst said.

Diamond DA62 EASA-certified

Article | Apr 30, 2015

Diamond Aircraft’s new flagship, the diesel piston twin DA62, has been certified in Europe. The twin comes in two configurations, with five seats or seven.

GA recognizes need to educate ADS-B consumers

Advocacy | Apr 22, 2015

AOPA, equipment manufacturers, and aviation associations will work together to educate aircraft owners about their options when it comes to equipping Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast products, the groups agreed during a meeting hosted by AOPA President Mark Baker at Sun 'n Fun.

Redbird announces new partnerships

Article | Apr 22, 2015

Redbird Flight Simulations announced new partnerships with Mooney, Sporty’s, and Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. at Sun ‘n Fun.

Textron teams with schools

Article | Apr 22, 2015

Textron Aviation launched the "Top Hawk" program at Sun 'n Fun, teaming with four university aviation programs to offer brand-new, specially branded Skyhawks for 2015.

Avidyne announces avionics collaboration, ADS-B solution

Article | Apr 21, 2015

Avidyne Corporation will collaborate to provide avionics for the Sun Flyer solar-electric training aircraft, and has received FAA approval for Mode S transponder installations.

Training Tip: 'Immediate and rapid descent'

Article | Apr 20, 2015

The emergency descent is a flight-test item found as Task A, Emergency Operations, in the Private Pilot Practical Test Standards.

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 boosts diesel retrofit capacity

Article | Apr 17, 2015

Continental Motors Group announced on April 16 that the FAA has approved assembly of CD-100 series engine retrofit kits in Alabama.

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.