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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.

President's Position: Thank you!

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

With this month’s column, I conclude five enjoyable years in the left seat at AOPA. You and I have shared an extraordinary journey through some very challenging times.

Cessna Silver Eagle

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

Years ago David Dunkley of Logan, Utah, upgraded from O&N Aircraft Modifications’ Silver Eagle, a converted Cessna 210 with a 450-shaft-horsepower Rolls-Royce (Allison) 250-B17F/2 gas turbine engine and other enhancements, to a Pilatus PC–12NG.

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.

Collegiate aviation students get free AOPA membership

Article | Aug 28, 2013

Metropolitan State University of Denver students get free AOPA membership.

Ohio seeks GA pilot input on airports study

Article | Aug 27, 2013

The Ohio Department of Transportation is asking pilots to weigh in on the state's Airports Focus Study

The right man for the times

Pilot Magazine | Aug 19, 2013

Craig Fuller’s first bit of advice to the new AOPA president: Get to know the members.

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.

AOPA supports extension of Grand Junction tax exemption

Article | Aug 15, 2013

AOPA supports a measure in Grand Junction, Colo., that would extend a sales tax exemption.

Colorado airport improvement projects funded

Article | Aug 07, 2013

Nine Colorado airports have been awarded a combined $6.1 million in FAA Airport Improvement Program grants.

Three reasons an LLC may be right for you when buying an aircraft

Article | Aug 06, 2013

You have probably noticed the initials LLC on your lawyer's or other professional's business card. What you may not have considered is that an LLC may be the best way to go if you are buying an airplane in partnership with another person or group of people.

SkyCraft expects September certification for SD-1 LSA

Article | Aug 02, 2013

SkyCraft Airplanes, a company working to bring an affordable, single-seat light sport aircraft to market, said at EAA AirVenture that it is compliant with ASTM standards and expects certification in September.

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.

eSpyders hit the market

Article | Aug 02, 2013

GreenWing International, an arm of Chinese electric airplane design firm Yuneec International, is now offering its eSpyder 280 for sale as an experimental-category, amateur-built kit in the United States.

Foundation Focus: Donating your aircraft

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

There may come a day when your trusty airplane, the one that took you on so many memory-making journeys, just isn’t such a big part of your life anymore. Once upon a time, you both spent hours together—visiting new places, making new friends, visiting old ones, and seeing the world from new heights. But now, for one reason or another, you simply aren’t putting her to good use, and so there she sits gathering dust in the hangar. Not only is this a nonproductive asset, it’s deteriorating! Aircraft, like people, like to be engaged. So, what to do?

AOPA Insurance offers guidance to pilots, owners

Article | Aug 01, 2013

AOPA Insurance Services representatives have played instrumental roles in EAA AirVenture 2013 panels, offering advice on insurance protection for pilots and aircraft owners and covering topics that include the right level of aircraft coverage and risk management for aircraft.

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.

Avionics: ADS-B strategies emerge

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Not long after the FAA took a giant step toward Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) implementation in late May 2010, when it issued a final rule requiring many aircraft to equip with ADS-B Out capability by 2020, we said the smart move was to do nothing right away (“Next Step Toward NextGen,” August 2010 AOPA Pilot).

News and Notes: All in one place

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

The countdown is on: less than three months until AOPA Aviation Summit 2013, October 10 through 12 in Fort Worth, Texas. “The exhibit hall is filling up fast and we are adding new exhibitors daily,” says Liz Tarver, AOPA exhibit sales manager.

Ownership: You are not alone

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Buying piston aircraft by the slice remains a boutique option available in a limited number of locations, although that may change with new players jumping into the market. Some are downright evangelical about leveraging the buying power of many pilots to refresh an aging general aviation fleet with brand-new aircraft, or expanding—dramatically—access to aircraft at the lowest possible cost.