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Increase in smaller jets means smaller profits

Article | Oct 26, 2015

Analyst Brian Foley predicts smaller jets will claim a larger percentage of sales, resulting in lower profits for manufacturers.

Quicksilver dissolves, overall aviation outlook flat

Article | Oct 21, 2015

Quicksilver, an ultralight company with a long history and 15,000 aircraft flying, has dissolved, but one vendor intends to keep the parts flow going, and maybe build aircraft. Other sources indicate the company is not alone--2015 is turning into a flat year for aviation.

Lightspeed announces 2015 Pilots Choice winners

Article | Oct 19, 2015

Pets topped people after pilots voted online for their favorite aviation-based charity to select the top five 2015 Lightspeed Aviation Foundation cash grant winners.

Sam aircraft selling assets

Article | Oct 19, 2015

It's been a six-year dream and four years spent developing a warbird-like light sport aircraft, but production funds proved a stumbling block and now all assets of Sam Aircraft are for sale in Canada.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Oct 18, 2015

It’s fast, it’s roomy, it has the latest technology and it looks great, not too mention it has an aircraft parachute. The Cirrus SR22 is what modern GA aircraft look like in the 21st Century. It’s also more expensive than other aircraft and has some unique flight and maintenance characteristics. Leading Edge Flyers President Marc Epner and Cirrus owner Mike Barbarone share their experience operating the SR22 in a club environment.

Question of the Month

Article | Oct 18, 2015

When creating the formal organization of your flying club, there are several options. Should the club organize as an LLC or a corporation? It is one of the most important decisions a club in formation will need to make and this month’s Question of the Month looks at the differences between the two.

Drone action urged

Article | Oct 08, 2015

Members of a House panel heard testimony from pilots, the FAA, and other stakeholders Oct. 7 in a hearing focused on drone dangers and benefits.

Turbine Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2015

Ever since the recession of 2008 began, an anomaly of sorts took hold of the turbine airplane market.

Man's best friend

Pilot Magazine | Sep 30, 2015

So how does a guy with a job rooted in logic spend a big chunk of money on an airplane restoration project that can compete only for most dollars per knot?

OpenAirplane passes 10,000-member mark

Article | Sep 29, 2015

OpenAirplane, a free service that offers renter pilots a "universal checkout," allowing them to rent aircraft at multiple participating locations, has surpassed 10,000 members.

Wheels Up unveils breast cancer awareness 'Pink Plane'

Article | Sep 29, 2015

Wheels Up is taking breast cancer awareness to new heights when the membership-based private aviation company’s specially outfitted pink Beechcraft King Air 350i takes off to invite contributions Oct. 1.

Pilot Briefing: Flying Clubs

Pilot Magazine | Sep 29, 2015

Tucked into the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee is a flying club that is creating excitement in the local flying community.

Landmark FBOs to be added to Signature network

Article | Sep 23, 2015

BBA Aviation, parent company to Signature Flight Support, has added Landmark Aviation to its network in a $2.065 billion deal.

Getting drones up there

Article | Sep 22, 2015

Many of the institutions that are emerging as leaders of drone integration research came together Sept. 15 at Mississippi State University.

Club Spotlight

Article | Sep 20, 2015

The Gateway Flying Club has been around since 1976 and like many clubs, faced some challenges when the economy took a downturn over the past several years. Based at Anoka County Blaine Airport (KANE) in Anoka, Minnesota, the club weathered the storm by making adjustments to it finances, including a dry hourly rate and new member specials. Club President Chris Baye and Board Member-at-Large Curt Stoltz share how the club continues to succeed after nearly 40 years.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Sep 20, 2015

The Cessna 177 Cardinal might just be the Goldilocks of Cessna single-engines. It’s bigger than the C-172, but not as fast as the C-182. It fits somewhere in between and provides a nice cross-country aircraft with good speed and economical performance. It makes a reliable IFR trainer and in a pinch can be used for primary students as well. Gateway Flying Club President Chris Baye and Member-at-Large Curt Stoltz share their experience with the Cardinal.

Preventing drone disaster

Article | Sep 16, 2015

Technology that will allow small drones to operate safely while beyond visual range is beginning to emerge.

AOPA helps Oregon pilots seek Class D relief

Advocacy | Sep 16, 2015

Salem, Oregon, pilots operating at Independence State Airport should soon get some airspace relief after AOPA communicated numerous concerns to the FAA's Western Service Center to mitigate the Class D airspace expansion at neighboring McNary Field Airport.

Need money for flight training? Just draw it

Article | Sep 14, 2015

A former Army soldier building an aviation career is making money for flight training by drawing airplane portraits for owners.

Aerobatic budget

Article | Sep 03, 2015

Competing in the aerobatic box requires dollars, and lots of them. Where there’s a will, and perhaps a willingness to share, there’s a way.

P&E: Savvy Maintenance

Pilot Magazine | Sep 03, 2015

One of the most significant announcements, at this year’s EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh was that Continental Motors had acquired the assets of Danbury AeroSpace of San Antonio, Texas.