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Going Global

Article | Nov 11, 2014

Start up, taxi, and takeoff in the Glasair Sportsman Diesel is more like operating a jet than a kitbuilt Experimental four-place single.

Phenom Update

Pilot Magazine | Oct 03, 2014

The recession has taken its toll on all business jet manufacturers, but Brazil’s Embraer appears to have felt its sting the least.

Quick Look: Beechcraft King Air 350

Pilot Magazine | Sep 08, 2014

With a 300-knot cruise speed, the King Air 350 competes well against jets on trips shorter than 400 nautical miles, for example.

Premier progresses with 172 diesel upgrade

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Premier Aircraft Sales is upgrading Cessna 172s with Centurion 2.0 turbodiesel engines and Garmin glass panels with touch-screen avionics.

Diesel-upgrade program launched for Cessna 172

Article | Feb 24, 2014

A Cessna 172 diesel-engine upgrade program, and advanced avionics, are seen adding efficiency, safety, and value to the aircraft.

Airframe: Seeing red

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

The Cessna Skycatcher has “no future,” says Cessna CEO Scott Ernest. A new Skyhawk costs more than $400,000.

Milestones: The PT6 at 50

Pilot Magazine | Nov 20, 2013

Fifty years ago this month, Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) developed the first production units of its legendary PT6 series of turboprop engines.

Not your father's airplane

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Forget everything you know about operating an airplane. Forget about engine management, rough takeoffs and landings, inherent safety risks, and twin-engine operations—oh, and half of the performance charts. The swashbuckling image of the pilot barely surviving as he wrestles the airplane to the ground is gone.

Club Spotlight: Flying a 182 For the Cost of a 172

Article | Apr 01, 2013

The Paramus Flying Club keeps costs down by flying a Cessna 182 retrofitted with a SMA diesel engine.

Flying club's Cessna 182 makes biofuel flight

Article | Mar 07, 2013

Kill Devil Hills, N.C., was the site of another aviation milestone March 2 when a Cessna 182 retrofitted with a SMA diesel engine landed at First Flight Airport (KFFA). Pilots say it is the first flight powered by cooking-oil-based SkyNRG biofuel in a piston engine, and the first biofuel flight for an SMA diesel-cycle engine.

Jet in a Box

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2012

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), a not-for-profit individual membership association, effectively serves the interests and needs of its members as aircraft owners and pilots, and establishes, maintains, and articulates positions of leadership to promote the economy, safety, and popularity of flight in aircraft.

Phenom 100 Four Years On

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2012

Embraer's entry level jet gets its report card.

Mentor Matters: Go low, watch flow

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2012

Fast as you can isn't always the best idea

Prop control now available for Cirrus models

Article | Jul 18, 2012

When the first Cirrus was introduced, the lack of a propeller control was seen as an evolutionary step on the way to full authority digital engine control (FADEC). But now Tamarack Aerospace Group thinks there's a market for a step back to classic control configuration.

Hawker Beechcraft announces first flight of 400 XPR

Article | May 08, 2012

Four days after petitioning for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Hawker Beechcraft announced the maiden flight of the 400XPR, an upgrade of the Hawker 400 and Beechjet 400A. Certification of the quieter, more efficient business jet is expected in September.

Citation M2 makes first flight

Article | Mar 12, 2012

The Cessna Citation M2 prototype made its maiden flight March 9, and Cessna parent Textron hopes the new jet - essentially a Citation CJ1+ with an updated interior and Garmin avionics - will log its first sales in 2013.

Showdown

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

Until the HondaJet, Cessna's new Citation M2, the Cirrus Vision SF50, the Diamond D-JET, or the new Eclipse 550 enter the light-jet arena, there will be just two serious competitors in the market for new light jets under $4 million: Cessna's Citation Mustang and Embraer's Phenom 100.

The NeXT Beechjet

Article | Oct 01, 2011

Photograph Courtesy Nextant Photography by Mike Fizer It’s no secret that there are plenty of good used jets on the market today. Some are just plain excellent values for the owner-pilot, but others are particularly well-suited for remanufacturing and remarketing as rejuvenated airplanes.

FAA adopts final pilot certification rule

Article | Sep 01, 2011

The FAA has enacted a pilot and flight school certification rule that permits concurrent applications for a private pilot certificate and instrument rating, and allows counting dual cross-country instructional flight time toward eligibility requirements for concurrent training. A proposal to eliminate the requirement for single-engine commercial pilot applicants to fly 10 hours in a complex aircraft and replace it with 10 hours of advanced instrument training was dropped from the final rule.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

You probably haven’t heard of the “Empty Quarter,” and that’s why paraglider pilot and freelance author and photographer George Steinmetz traveled there. The Empty Quarter is one of the most remote deserts on Earth and includes portions of Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.