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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.


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.

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.