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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.

AOPA Insurance Services offers commercial coverage for aviation businesses

Article | Oct 21, 2013

AOPA Insurance Services has launched a new line of coverage for fixed-base operators, charter and agricultural aviation businesses, flight schools, repair stations, and a variety of other aviation enterprises.

Embraer announces upgrades, design changes

Article | Oct 21, 2013

Embraer today revealed several big changes now in the works for its line of executive jets.

Jet deliveries down in Honeywell forecast

Article | Oct 20, 2013

Honeywell's latest jet industry forecast shows deliveries down, but value holding due to a trend toward larger, more expensive jets.

Pilot rates milestone birthday a success

Article | Oct 18, 2013

Two grueling flight tests and a mountain of paperwork aren't what most people imagine when it comes to a fun way to celebrate a birthday.

Cessna jets lead third quarter loss

Article | Oct 18, 2013

Cessna has an expected loss in the third quarter, but are better times to come?

Jet industry stirring, but still hospitalized

Article | Oct 16, 2013

Market reports show jet sales are still struggling, and flight activity is low but improving or dropping, depending on whose data you trust.

Pittsburgh Flying Club: Your friends in high places

Article | Oct 14, 2013

The Pittsburgh Flying Club focuses on offering low-cost flying in well-maintained aircraft.

Just say ‘no’ to your mechanic

Article | Oct 11, 2013

Saying 'no' to useless maintenance on certain squawk items could save aircraft owners thousands of dollars a year.

Texas-based partnership perfect fit for pilot

Article | Oct 09, 2013

Buying into a partnership can be risky, but for John Field, the decision to become part of Addison Flyers LLC fit his mission and his personality.

Summit shaping up to be Texas-sized

Slideshow | Oct 09, 2013

The old saying, "Everything's bigger in Texas," is holding true for AOPA Aviation Summit 2013. About 400 exhibitors are filling the Fort Worth Convention Center in Texas, and nearly 100 aircraft are flying in to Fort Worth Meacham International Airport for the static display at Airportfest.

Piper, ATP unveil iPad POHs

Article | Oct 08, 2013

Piper Aircraft has joined with Aircraft Technical Publishers (ATP) to launch new pilot's operating handbooks for the iPad.

A Passion for Flight

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

Mark Baker’s entry into general aviation is classic, quintessential—a textbook case. As a kid he rode his bicycle to the airport and sidled up to the old guys there to hear flying stories while he freely poked around the airplanes, bumming rides when he could.

Epic LT: Seeing is believing

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

The Epic LT’s sleek looks aren’t deceiving. The six-seat, 1,200-horsepower kitbuilt speedster is all about going fast and far.

Flying Particles: Safe aircraft at a low cost

Article | Sep 27, 2013

One of the Flying Particles flying club's goal is to provide safe aircraft at the lowest reasonable cost.

Embraer promises upgrades to bizjets

Article | Sep 27, 2013

Embraer will roll out the "Phenom 100 2014 edition" along with new features on the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 at the National Business Aviation Association convention.

At AOPA request, FAA seeks more comments on proposed ECi AD

Article | Sep 26, 2013

The FAA has responded to an AOPA request with new information and an extended comment period on a proposed AD affecting thousands of ECi cylinders.

Cessna designs low-cost military jet

Article | Sep 17, 2013

AirLand Enterprises company is marketing a low-cost tactical and surveillance aircraft to the U.S. Air Force.

Cessna logs huge Skyhawk order

Article | Sep 16, 2013

Cessna has logged an order for 79 Skyhawks, one of the largest in the history of the bestselling aircraft.

AOPA, Indiana Leaders Celebrate New Jobs After State Offers Tax Relief On Aviation Fuel, Services

News release | Sep 16, 2013

AOPA, Indiana Leaders Celebrate New Jobs After State Offers Tax Relief On Aviation Fuel, Services

Tecnam LSA donated to AOPA Foundation

Article | Sep 12, 2013

Retired Air Force reserve officer James Miles has donated his Tecnam light sport aircraft to the AOPA Foundation’s new Give Wings program.

Piper flies Archer on unleaded fuel

Article | Sep 11, 2013

Piper celebrated a round trip to Oshkosh, Wis., on unleaded fuel, though the fuel remains elusive. The company arranged special deliveries along the route.

Crop dusters go to war

Article | Sep 11, 2013

The general aviation industry has sent another airplane into battle, fitting the Thrush 710 crop duster with missiles, rockets, and precision targeting capabilities.

Club Spotlight

Article | Sep 11, 2013

A look at the history of the Reading Aero Club based at Reading Regional Airport (RDG) in Pennsylvania.

Flexjet purchased by Ohio investment group

Article | Sep 05, 2013

Kenn Ricci, who founded two fractional jet ownership companies, now adds Flexjet for the luxury end of his market.

AOPA asks FAA to withdraw proposed cylinder AD

Article | Sep 05, 2013

AOPA and six other organizations are asking the FAA to withdraw a proposed airworthiness directive that would affect thousands of Continental engines and provide more detailed justification for the plan.

Pilot Briefing Flying to Japan

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

The mitsubishi MU–2—the stocky, futuristic-looking high-wing twin turboprop—marks a significant milestone this month: The model first flew in Nagoya, Japan, 50 years ago on September 14.

Classically modern

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

The Beechcraft Bonanza revolutionized the single-engine high-performance category when it hit the market in 1947.

A passion for flight

Article | Aug 29, 2013

Mark Baker, set to be appointed as AOPA's fifth president and CEO Sept. 6, is committed to ensuring open access to aviation.

Citation makes M2 first production flight

Article | Aug 27, 2013

Cessna has announced the first flight of a production Citation M2.

FAA seeks to expand Piper fuel selector AD

Article | Aug 21, 2013

The FAA is proposing to add aircraft to an existing airworthiness directive that requires replacing the fuel selector valve cover on certain Piper PA-28 models.

Opinion Leaders blog launches

Article | Aug 21, 2013

Is this the beginning of the end of VFR flying? Will AirVenture shrink to a fraction of its current size? What’s so bad about the “dive and drive” approach? Leaders in aviation are sharing their opinions on these topics and more in AOPA’s new Opinion Leaders blog.

Baron owners hit with AD

Article | Aug 21, 2013

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive requiring inspection of elevator balance weights on some Beech Baron twins.

Seagull Flying Club: Ownership that shares assets

Article | Aug 16, 2013

The cost of a membership in the Seagull Flying Club is between $12,000 and $14,000. Members pay $140 a month in dues. But the real bargain is hourly cost for the airplanes: The Cessna 172 costs $22 an hour, and the Bonanza costs $42 an hour.