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Aviation market recovering: Time to buy an aircraft?

Article | Nov 25, 2013

Many aircraft owners were shocked by economic events of 2008 and 2009. Fortunately, the market is recovering and banks are loosening up requirements on aircraft loans and reintroducing financing products.

Business flying 'fuels' Missouri aviation growth

Article | Nov 20, 2013

Economic activity generated by Missouri’s airports grew 17.1 percent in the last decade, fueled by business aviation.

From lawn mower to powered parachute

Article | Nov 19, 2013

The high cost of flying didn’t stop Landon Clipp from reaching to the skies. But it did make him look into another type of flying that most don’t consider — powered parachutes. At 7, Landon started flying remote-control airplanes. But a one-day visit with his Boy Scout troop to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2008 made the then 12-year-old realize he could be the one in the sky. “Once I came to the ultralights area and saw how relatively cheap powered parachutes were, I know I could do that.”

Club Spotlight

Article | Nov 11, 2013

The Sparrow Flying Club is a for-profit club that provides aircraft owners an opportunity to defray the costs of ownership by leasing their planes to the club.

New aviation playground designed to spark interest in GA

Article | Nov 07, 2013

Volunteers based at New Bedford Regional Airport hope a new aviation-themed playground will inspire children.

Terrafugia turns to crowdfunding site Wefunder

Article | Nov 07, 2013

In its quest to bring a roadable aircraft to production, Terrafugia turns to crowdsource funding website Wefunder.

AOPA works with Wisconsin lawmakers to cut taxes on GA

Advocacy | Nov 07, 2013

Successful GA tax cuts in Indiana prompt Wisconsin lawmakers to consider exemptions of their own.

News and notes: Lower taxes equal more jobs

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

The evidence is clear: Lower taxes on general aviation really do create jobs, as business and political leaders in Indiana are finding out.

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.

Cert. reform hearing highlights frustrations, work ahead

Article | Oct 31, 2013

Congress continues to focus on certification reforms, but much work remains before a more efficient, cost-effective system is in place.

Automatic traffic

Article | Oct 28, 2013

An automated system being developed in West Virginia shows potential for traffic advisories at airports not served by towers.

Blue Angels, Thunderbirds return

Article | Oct 24, 2013

Military demonstration teams will return to the airshow circuit in 2014, budget uncertainty notwithstanding.

Colorado growing return on aviation investments

Article | Oct 24, 2013

General aviation airports in Colorado will pump $2.4 billion into the state’s economy in 2013, an annual increase of $500 million compared to 2008.

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.

SJ30 still going strong after all these years

Article | Oct 21, 2013

Ed Swearingen's idea for a business jet in the 1980s may finally reach market.

HondaJet is in the market to stay

Article | Oct 21, 2013

HondaJet is ramping up all resources as it simultaneously builds a workforce and its dealer network.

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.

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?

Ideas to trim the FAA budget

Video | Oct 17, 2013

We all know the Federal Government needs to trim the budget. AOPA President Mark Baker has identified ways to trim the FAA budget - that won't hurt the industry.

'Passion for the mission' brings Raburn to Titan

Article | Oct 16, 2013

Vern Raburn will lead Titan Aerospace in a quest to make its vision of filling the void between aircraft altitudes and satellite orbits a reality.

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.

AOPA unveils new pilot life cycle research

Article | Oct 10, 2013

AOPA's Adam Smith presented the findings from a new study that looks at the pilot life cycle.

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.

New Texas heliport to open in December

Article | Oct 09, 2013

A new north Texas public heliport is scheduled to open in December in DeSoto, southwest of Dallas.