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Pilot career fair outlines hiring frenzy

Article | Nov 18, 2015

According to recent hiring trends the future for professional pilots is looking up and an aviation career fair and conference in Orlando, Florida, explains the rapid growth.

Flexjet gives Aerion a vote of confidence

Article | Nov 17, 2015

Flexjet chief Kenn Ricci said he is helping Aerion generate "buzz" by making the first fleet purchase of the supersonic Aerion AS2 business jet.

One Aviation looks to global market

Article | Nov 16, 2015

Declaring the Eclipse 550 a “mature” design, One Aviation CEO Alan Klapmeier said the next step in the light jet’s development is global expansion.

You want a jet, but can you get a loan?

Article | Nov 16, 2015

Banks got a scare when Fifth Third Bank took a $30 million hit on mid- and large-cabin jets this year. Can you still get a loan for a jet?

Challenger 650 entering NetJets service

Article | Nov 16, 2015

Bombardier and NetJets celebrated the entry into service of the $32.35 million Challenger 650 at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas Nov. 16.

Honeywell reins in jet forecast

Article | Nov 15, 2015

Honeywell's annual jet sales prediction shows the lowest 10-year forecast in several years, citing the overall lackluster economic recovery.

Cobalt Aircraft restarts sales efforts

Article | Nov 12, 2015

Cobalt Aircraft has tried to launch a four-to-five-passenger canard aircraft for a decade and is now taking pre-orders for a certified version in California, but will need $30 million to complete certification.

Avionics sales soft

Article | Nov 11, 2015

A report released Nov. 10 by the Aircraft Electronics Association shows a soft market for general aviation avionics, with a 7.5-percent year-over-year decline.

Letters From Our October Issue

Pilot Magazine | Nov 10, 2015

Have complicated modern avionics affected airmanship? Barry Schiff’s take on the subject struck a chord with readers.

Piston sales falter

Article | Nov 09, 2015

Aircraft sales data released Nov. 6 by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association showed piston and turboprop sales in a continued slump.

Quick Look: Mitsubishi Diamond IA

Pilot Magazine | Nov 09, 2015

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ MU–300 Diamond has roots dating back to 1969.

Flight schools can get sims via pay-per-use program

Article | Nov 06, 2015

One-G simulation will deliver and install an FAA-approved advanced aviation training device with no up-front cost.

Fee lifted at Block Island airport

Advocacy | Nov 05, 2015

The Rhode Island Airport Corp. has suspended a $20 daily “facility fee” at Block Island State Airport following complaints from pilots and AOPA.

Houston spaceport plan detailed

Advocacy | Nov 05, 2015

The Houston Airport System has secured FAA approval and will be working with NASA to build a spaceport at Ellington Airport. AOPA is watching closely.

Pilot Briefing: Flying Clubs

Pilot Magazine | Nov 05, 2015

Feeding their flying habits

Flying Musicians scholarship winner solos

Article | Nov 04, 2015

Vero Beach, Florida, high school senior and jazz musician Drew Medina completed his Oct. 11 solo flight in a Piper Archer thanks to financial assistance from the Flying Musicians Association's first scholarship.

(Back to) the future aircraft battery

Article | Oct 29, 2015

Electric aircraft will need new batteries to realize their potential, and current research is revisiting the use of elements other than lithium.

Florida GA caucus takes off

Advocacy | Oct 29, 2015

The newly launched Florida General Aviation Caucus focused on the economic impact of general aviation in the state during its Oct. 22 inaugural first meeting.

Bombardier takes $4.9 billion hit, cancels Learjet 85

Article | Oct 29, 2015

Observers knew Bombardier's cash situation was worsening, but not by as much as the $4.9 billion loss the company reported for the third quarter, canceling the Learjet 85 in the process.

A wild ride to come

Article | Oct 29, 2015

An aviation engineer and pilot in Idaho designed the next generation of small drones with an eye on manning them in the future.

Agreement allows continued Christmas tree harvesting

Article | Oct 29, 2015

Recent airspace changes at Salem, Oregon, to improve safety for IFR operations at McNary Field will not stunt the state's vibrant Christmas tree farming activities when the airfield experiences instrument conditions.

Textron hints at new Cessna jets

Article | Oct 27, 2015

Cessna will discuss details of the new Longitude and show its now-delivered Latitude jet, and the company may even announce a new jet program during the National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas in November.

Third quarter winner receives Stratus 2 Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) receiver, courtesy of Sporty’s Pilot Shop

Article | Oct 27, 2015

When Florida pilot Sean Reddish completed one of the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s Accident Case Studies he became the third quarter winner in the 2015 Air Safety Institute “Learn & Earn Safety Challenge.”

B-29 'Doc' gets flight test funding

Article | Oct 26, 2015

Doc, the Wichita-based Boeing B-29 Superfortress in restoration, has received funding needed for flight testing through a Kickstarter campaign. The only thing needed now is warm weather.