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Maine Flying Club Funds Airport Through Annual Fly-In

Article | Aug 14, 2013

The Bowman Field Flying Club is a bit unusual. It doesn’t operate any aircraft. It did once, but that was so long ago that airport manager and flying club treasurer Ken Lyman can’t remember when.

Five more checklist apps

Article | Aug 09, 2013

This week, AOPA highlights five checklist apps.

Piper reports rising revenue, trainer deal

Article | Aug 02, 2013

Piper Aircraft reported an 11 percent increase in revenue in the first half of 2013 compared to the first half of 2012.

Letters: The Unlikeliest Astronaut

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Our June issue highlighted two aviation legends with a profile on test pilot Mike Melvill and reflections of columnist Barry Schiff, who celebrated 50 years with AOPA Pilot.

Pilot Briefing: One fast cat

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

On a recent visit to Spokane, Washington’s Felts Field, AOPA Pilot got a first look at Northwest Turbine’s latest conversion undergoing certification. The Cougar Baron is a Beechcraft 58P outfitted with a pair of 500-shaft-horsepower Pratt & Whitney PT6A-21 turboprops. Rocket Engineering is doing the certification legwork for partner company Northwest Turbine LLC, which also markets the Royal Turbine conversion of the Beechcraft Duke.

First Look: Pilatus breaks the mold

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Swiss manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. has announced a new offering to what had been its all-turboprop line of airplanes. The company’s new, single-pilot-certifiable PC–24 will be a twin-engine, 425-knot “super versatile jet,” and “not a me-too product,” in the words of Pilatus Chairman Oscar Schwenk.

Glasair highlights diesel project, teen builders

Article | Aug 01, 2013

Kitplane company Glasair Aviation said at EAA AirVenture that it is moving forward with DeltaHawk Diesel Engines on a diesel engine installation for the Sportsman.

Quick Look: Gulfstream II

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

The Gulfstream II (G-1159) was developed in the mid-1960s by Grumman Aircraft as a successor to its Gulfstream I twin turboprop, the original purpose-built business airplane. On May 5, 1965, the production go-ahead was given for the $4 million, sweptwing, 19-passenger jet, which was powered by two aft-mounted Rolls-Royce Spey Mk 511-8 turbofans.

Will we all be flying diesels?

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Does the rise of the Jet A-burning diesel aircraft engine signal an evolution or a revolution for today’s avgas-powered airplanes? Neither, according to a series of interviews with diesel-engine manufacturers and experts.

Beechcraft King Air deal could total $1.4 billion

Article | Aug 01, 2013

Beechcraft Corp. announced Aug. 1 that it has secured an order for up to 105 King Air 350i turboprops from Wheels Up, a new membership-based private aviation program that will provide access to a fleet of the aircraft.

Never Again: Tumble in the desert

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

My private pilot training took place nearly 36 years ago in a Cessna 150 at Ryan Field near Tucson, Arizona. No one can exaggerate the benefits of training as a student pilot in the Arizona desert’s persistent severe-clear conditions. However, even the perfect training environment could not prevent a nearly disastrous event that occurred during one of my solo cross-country flights.

RedHawk Cessna 172 debuts

Article | Jul 29, 2013

Redbird is best known for its simulators, but now it's moving into the airplane business.

China buys Thielert diesel engine company out of bankruptcy

Article | Jul 23, 2013

The same Chinese investor, AVIC, that owns Continental Motors has purchased Thielert out of bankruptcy, suddenly creating a complete diesel line.

Solo over both poles

Article | Jul 23, 2013

A solo polar pilot has completed a quest to add 90 degrees north to a logbook already marked with the South Pole.

International Flying Club: Low cost, minimal dues

Article | Jul 19, 2013

Chicago’s International Flying Club is a low-cost option for pilots and students.

Cessna financial results down in second quarter

Article | Jul 18, 2013

Cessna parent company Textron issued its second quarter earnings report.

New avionics approved for Piper Saratoga

Article | Jul 16, 2013

Avidyne and NexAir Avionics received a supplemental type certificate from the FAA for its integrated flight deck for the Piper Saratoga.

Event

Article | Jul 12, 2013

A Fly-out to the Biggest Fly-In in the World: Oshkosh

Airplanes, potato chips: It just takes a taste, school says

Article | Jul 03, 2013

“If you get in that airplane and go up with one of my instructors, you’re going to fly again,” said 5g Aviation CEO Ty Frisby. “It’s like you can’t just eat one potato chip.”

Cessna TTx enters GA fleet

Article | Jul 01, 2013

The Cessna TTx is a piston speedster bearing a closer resemblance to a fighter than a business flier, as AOPA Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines noted. Cessna announced July 1 that the first production TTx aircraft were delivered at the end of June.

Pilot Briefing: New York to Tokyo in two hours

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

If Richard Lugg has his way, the next generation of supersonic civilian aircraft will shoot through the sky powered by engines that turn out a massive electrical charge, much of it converted into thrust with megawatts left over to silence the sonic boom.

Clean Sweep

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

Of all the aftermarket-modification specialists available to turbine operators, James D. Raisbeck must certainly stand out as one of the most prolific. Raisbeck, CEO of Raisbeck Engineering of Seattle, Washington, started his company in the 1970s by developing performance-enhancing wing and flap modifications to the Learjets 35 and 36. By 1982 he was eyeing Beechcraft’s King Air line of twin turboprops.

Quick Look: Cessna Citation III

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

The Citation III (Model 650) was Cessna's first mid-size business twinjet. Unlike the smaller, slower, straight-wing Citation I and II, the Citation III was a clean-sheet design featuring a swept supercritical wing (including composite wing components), a T-tail, and two Honeywell TFE731-3B-100S turbofans rated at 3,650 pounds of thrust each.

Avidyne/Aspen combo approved in Cirrus SR20, SR22

Article | Jun 28, 2013

Avidyne’s DFC90 autopilot can now be paired with Aspen’s EFD1000 PFDs for older Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft, Avidyne officials said.

Plane spotter: Airplane from another galaxy

Article | Jun 24, 2013

What comes to mind when the Tower calls out a Galaxy on final? Galaxies come in different shapes and sizes.

Knoxville Flyers: A phoenix rising from the ashes

Article | Jun 21, 2013

Knoxville Flyers is now thriving, but it was in danger of shutting down after a 30-year run, plagued by the recession and a declining membership.

Two weeks to triumph

Article | Jun 19, 2013

Eight teenagers got down to business on their first day of a two-week odyssey in which they will help to build two Glasair kit airplanes.

GAO rejects Beechcraft protest of attack aircraft contract

Article | Jun 14, 2013

Beechcraft has denounced a decision by the Government Accountability Office to reject the company's protest of an award for a light attack aircraft that went to Sierra Nevada's Brazilian-built Tucano aircraft.

Plane Spotter: Cessna 425

Article | Jun 14, 2013

What came first, Cessna’s Conquest I or Conquest II? Plane spotters with a taste for twin turboprop trivia testify that in this case, the Cessna 441 Conquest II predates the Cessna 425 Conquest I.

12-year-old ready to buy airplane

Article | Jun 11, 2013

A lot can happen on a 10-minute first flight. According to 12-year-old Landon Howard, he grew wise beyond his years during a short flight in a Mooney over Frederick and Middletown, Md., June 8 during Learn to Fly Day at AOPA’s headquarters at Frederick Municipal Airport.

News From HQ

Article | Jun 10, 2013

AOPA's Great Lakes Regional Manager Bryan Budds can't do his job without the MANG Aero Club, based at Willow Run Airport (KYIP) in Ypsilanti, Michigan. That's because he needs to travel throughout his region attending aviation events like conferences, safety seminars, and fly-ins, and he does so using the club's Piper Archer or Cessna 172. This month Bryan explains how the seven regional managers can help your club.

Sparrow Flying Club offers light sport aircraft rental

Article | Jun 06, 2013

Sparrow Flying Club uses a unique for-profit business model to keep flying costs low for members.

Nebraska airport zoning bill boosts safety margin

Article | Jun 03, 2013

A Nebraska bill would keep instrument approach paths free from new obstacles by expanding airport approach zones and revising outdated language in the state’s Airport Zoning Act.

Used aircraft values still dropping

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Cars depreciate dramatically as they are driven off the dealer's lot and house values drop with the economy, but aircraft historically have not only kept their value, they sometimes exceeded it.

Mentor Matters: Expanded circling protection in effect

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

For years, circling approaches in the United States have been more difficult to execute while providing less safety margin, relative to those in most of the rest of the world. After years of deliberation, the FAA is finally bringing some needed changes to the protection afforded to circling aircraft.

Pilot Briefing: Everything under the sun

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Brazil’s brand-new Wega arrived in the United States in April. The Wega is an all-composite, Experimental-category airplane built in the Santa Catarina district in Brazil.

Quick Look: P180 Avanti

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

The P180 Avanti is a very fast (400-knot) and fuel-efficient twin turboprop that was developed by Italy's Piaggio in response to the high oil prices of the 1970s.

Preserving a lost art: Formation flying goes mainstream

Article | May 29, 2013

During a formation checkride, 'AOPA Pilot' Senior Editor Dave Hirschman's world is reduced to lining up two small and seemingly trivial objects: the lead airplane's aileron hinge and spinner.

Beechcraft takes AOPA executives behind the scenes

Article | May 16, 2013

Beechcraft Corp. is moving full steam ahead with its product line of Bonanzas, Barons, and King Airs, and showed off its revamped manufacturing operation in Wichita, Kan., May 15 to AOPA President Craig Fuller and AOPA Vice President of Advertising Carol Dodds.

Beechcraft inks $210 million deal for T-6 trainers

Article | May 14, 2013

The T-6 deal is not as lucrative as the contract Beechcraft Corp. lost to Embraer for a light attack version, but will keep the production line going through 2015.

Avidyne secures STC for DFC90 Bonanza installations

Article | May 14, 2013

A long-awaited supplemental type certificate is now available for Beechcraft Bonanza owners who wish to install Avidyne's DFC90 autopilot in conjunction with Aspen avionics.

GAMA reports increase in aircraft shipments

Article | May 14, 2013

Makers of general aviation aircraft logged a nearly $1 billion increase in billing for the first three months of the year, a 32-percent increase in total billing over the first quarter of 2012.

Event Spotlight

Article | May 13, 2013

"My mantra is participation," Fox Flying Club President Chris Thomsen said. "People don't fly because they don't have money. I think they get bored and eventually if you let all of your life's other events take over, they will."

Electric airplanes? EAS guides the way

Article | May 09, 2013

Batteries that have a specific energy 45 times that of the one in a typical Cessna or Piper? The Electric Aircraft Symposium VII, April 26 and 27 in Santa Rosa, Calif., featured 25 speakers on topics ranging from a propeller safety device to sustainability and maintenance.