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Ponderosa Aero Club

Article | Jan 16, 2014

With eight aircraft, 175 members, and dozens of events throughout the year, Ponderosa Aero Club is very much a part of the aviation community in and around Boise, Idaho.

Parachute boosts useful load

Article | Jan 08, 2014

BRS Aerospace has packaged a paperwork-based supplemental type certificate increasing useful load of the Cessna 182P and Q models when a parachute is installed.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jan 07, 2014

Cessna Aircraft has used the prefix Sky in naming eight models of its aircraft. Can you name them?

Textron provides details of Beechcraft purchase

Article | Dec 27, 2013

Textron conducted a conference all with stock analysts Dec. 27 and provided financial details on its proposed purchase of Beechcraft for $1.4 billion.

Cessna wins approval for Sovereign+, M2

Article | Dec 23, 2013

Cessna Aircraft's bottom line is expected to improve in the first quarter of 2014 with approval for both the Sovereign+ and the M2 business jets.

Harley in the sky

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

When Darin Hart hears his Super Legend—the king of the American Legend Aircraft line of Cub-alike tailwheel airplanes—he hears in his heart a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

President's Position: Working together

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

America may be the land of the rugged individualist, but there are times when it’s best not to go it alone. That goes for organizations as well as people.

Airframe: Seeing red

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

The Cessna Skycatcher has “no future,” says Cessna CEO Scott Ernest. A new Skyhawk costs more than $400,000.

Textron to buy Beechcraft

Article | Dec 20, 2013

Cessna Aircraft owner Textron will buy Beechcraft for $1.4 billion in a major consolidation of U.S. general aviation manufacturers, multiple news outlets reported Dec. 20.

The new soverign

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Owner/pilots who’ve reached the top of the single-pilot (SP) jet food chain—most likely in the form of a Cessna Citation CJ4 or Embraer Phenom 300—sometimes wonder, what’s next?

Proficient Pilot: A bum rap

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Like other fields of endeavor, aviation is replete with myths, biases, and half-truths, many of which would be amusing if not taken so seriously and creating such misleading impressions.

Lawmaker seeks support for expanding driver’s license medical

Article | Dec 18, 2013

The sponsor of a bill to expand the number of pilots eligible to fly with a driver’s license medical is asking colleagues for their support.

Gulfstream to Barbados (for science)

Article | Dec 17, 2013

A Gulfstream business jet outfitted for science is probing Atlantic clouds between Germany and Barbados.

New bill would expand driver’s license medical

Advocacy | Dec 11, 2013

The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act would allow pilots to use the driver’s license medical standard for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, as long as they carry five or fewer passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.

Cessna TTx certified in Brazil

Article | Dec 06, 2013

Cessna reports "strong deliveries" of the new TTx since being awarded an FAA type certificate in June, and Brazil has followed suit.

Candler Field Flying Club targets young people

Article | Dec 03, 2013

Candler Field Flying Club is a young group focused on teaching young people to fly.

Pilots: Big Mac pilot

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

“Every single time I leave the ground, I’m looking forward to the next time,” says Reginald “Reggie” Webb, owner of a Lancair IV-P.

Quick Look: Gulfstream V

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

The Gulfstream V was the world’s first ultra-long-range corporate jet.

Aviation Legends: Walter Extra

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

For 25 years, German aircraft designer and former aerobatic competitor Walter Extra has created a unique combination of unmatched style, performance, refinement, and reliability.

Teen jailed for airplane theft

Article | Nov 27, 2013

A Minnesota teen will spend 60 days behind bars for stealing a Cessna 150 and flying it for months without training or certification.

Pilgrim Aviation 'flies' Cessna 150 to a mall

Article | Nov 26, 2013

Pilgrim Aviation is hoping that a Cessna 150 parked at Hanover Mall in Massachusetts will promote general aviation and attract new pilots.

Boeing 747 Dreamlifter mistakenly lands at Jabara Airport

Article | Nov 21, 2013

The pilots of an Atlas Air Boeing 747 Dreamlifter en route from John F. Kennedy International Airport to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan., mistakenly landed 8 nautical miles away at Colonel James Jabara Airport Nov. 20.

Technique: Engine-out landings at night

Pilot Magazine | Nov 20, 2013

Legal and possibly insurance issues remain from the following two incidents, so the pilots were asked to avoid those and just share lessons learned.

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.