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Kestrel’s single-engine turboprop delayed

Article | Jul 31, 2013

Kestrel Aircraft has made fast progress on engineering, but a shortage of funds is delaying the single-engine turboprop.

All-electric eSpyder ready for market

Article | Jul 31, 2013

GreenWing International, a company formed by Chinese electric aviation firm Yuneec, showed off its new eSpyder E280 for the first time at EAA AirVenture.

Quicksilver takes aim at LSA market

Article | Jul 31, 2013

Quicksilver Aeronautics announced pricing at EAA AirVenture for one of two models being adapted for the special light sport aircraft market.

Fuller joins aviation leaders to announce NJ airport grants

Article | Jul 24, 2013

AOPA President Craig Fuller joined aviation leaders July 23 to mark $1.8 million in new state funding for general aviation airports in New Jersey.

AOPA’s Fuller Joins Aviation Leaders To Announce New Jersey Airport Grants

News release | Jul 23, 2013

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) President and CEO Craig Fuller joined aviation leaders Tuesday to mark $1.8 million in new state funding for general aviation airports in New Jersey, including grants for an airport that was rescued when AOPA members banded together and bought it.

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.

Picking the perfect partner

Article | Jul 22, 2013

There's only one reason to buy aircraft insurance: payment of claims. Hence, you have to judge an insurance company's ability to pay them.

Small-airplane revitalization bill soars in House

Article | Jul 17, 2013

The U.S. House has passed an AOPA-backed bill setting a deadline for the FAA to overhaul Part 23 aircraft certification regulations.

Club Spotlight

Article | Jul 16, 2013

Crossroads Flying Club based at Double Eagle Airport (KAEG) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, isn’t for everybody. It’s a small club in which members pay a high equity stake to gain access to two high-performance aircraft—a 250-hp Socata Trinidad TB20 and a 300-hp, six-seat Piper Lance. Club President Bob Rausch explains how the club works and why it’s a great alternative to owning your own aircraft.

Aviation use-tax exemption protected, extended in Maine

Article | Jul 10, 2013

Passage on June 28 of a Maine measure to extend aviation tax exemptions through 2033 will remove uncertainty as aviation-related businesses plan for the future.

Eagle Air Flying Club: Come fly with us

Article | Jul 01, 2013

The Eagle Air Flying Club has two membership levels for pilots wanting to fly basic and high-performance aircraft.

Proficient Pilot: Another nail in the coffin

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

Thirty-two years ago I wrote a feature article titled, "Death of an Airport" (August 1981 "AOPA Pilot"). It described how the city council of Santa Monica, California, had been conducting a war of attrition against aviation users in an unveiled attempt to close one of the oldest airports in the country.

Electric aircraft poised to reach market

Article | Jun 27, 2013

A Chinese-made electric motor will power what GreenWing International hopes will be the first all-electric production kit to hit the market.

Buying an aircraft?

Article | Jun 20, 2013

Many pilots prefer to pay cash for an airplane. Sounds admirable, but economics suggest that it may be time to take a second look and consider whether financing an aircraft purchase is a better alternative for you.

OpenAirplane simplifies aircraft rentals for pilots

Article | Jun 18, 2013

OpenAirplane is a new service that simplifies the process for pilots wanting to rent aircraft outside of their home base.

GACE Flying Club offers social, financial incentives

Article | Jun 18, 2013

The GACE Flying Club, which grew from a club for Grumman employees, prides itself on offering members low-cost, safe flying and social events.

Club Spotlight

Article | Jun 10, 2013

The Bakersfield Flying Club, based at Meadows Field (KBFL) in Bakersfield, California, just added a Redbird Simulator to bolster its training efforts. Club President William Woodbury describes what it's like to use the simulator and how it's helping create new pilots and build the club's membership base.

New AOPA Aviation Finance Company

Video | Jun 06, 2013

New resource to help pilots finance aircraft, avionics, and engine purchases.

AOPA Aviation Finance Company

Video | Jun 06, 2013

Tom Haines interviews Adam Meredith and Joe Dini of the new AOPA Aviation Finance Company, LLC.

New GA alliance founded in Colorado

Article | Jun 05, 2013

A newly organized alliance to promote general aviation in Colorado will help present a unified front on aviation issues in the state.

Waypoints: Running on hope

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Would you ever continue an instrument approach below legal minimums without seeing the runway environment?

Letters: Training the Best for the Worst

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Alton K. Marsh’s story on Coast Guard helicopter rescue training on the Oregon coast brought out the patriotism of our members.

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.

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.