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Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

Economic recovery at least a year off To those of you looking for signs of economic recovery, just wait. You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet, literally.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2009

Oshkosh wrap-up AOPA Pilot editors filed nearly 50 stories from EAA AirVenture in July, not counting videos, Twitter reports, and Facebook entries. In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2009

GENERAL From reader John Schmidt: Under what circumstances might a German secret agent during World War II have found himself strapped to the wing of a dive bomber? From reader Paul Odum: What was the first engine to be equipped with a throttle that enabled the pilot to adjust fuel flow, propeller pitch, mixture, and ignition timing using only this one lever? What is the only single-engine piston-powered airplane that is FAA certified with an engine that has full-authority digital engine control (FADEC)? From reader Steve Madorsky: What was the first flight instrument to be usd on a fixed-wing aircraft? From reader Gary Underland: What was the Lear LDP5 Omniscope? Who wrote, “My soul is in the sky”? From reader Dan Stroud: What is the only U.S. military turbofan airplane that may be flown using all of its thrust reversers in flight? The landing gear of the space shuttle is not extended until immediately before touchdown.

Waypoints: Will electrons rule your next flight?

Article | Jan 01, 2009

Editor in Chief Tom Haines owns a 1972 Beechcraft Bonanza with panel gear from four different decades. One of the big issues with updating the electronics in our “legacy” airplanes (that’s PR-speak for “old”) with modern systems is the uncertainty of what you’ll find not just behind the panel but throughout the airplane when you start the installation.

Airframe and Powerplant: The New Powerplants

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2008

Many consumers and aviation experts have heralded the arrival of piston engines burning Jet-A fuel as the future of small-aircraft powerplants. The Thielert Group of Germany now has more than 3,500 of its small Jet A-fueled piston airplane engines in the field.

Turbine Pilot: Citation Encore+: The Encore's Encore

Article | Apr 01, 2008

Cessna’s new Encore+ is the latest entry in the Citation 560 series of “middle-weight” business jets. Like its predecessors in the 560 series (the Citations V, V Ultra, and Encore) the Encore+ brings incremental improvements to this popular straight-wing design.

Turbine Pilot

Article | Jun 01, 2007

Plenty of customers bet on Cessna's entry into the light-jet race — and won. Cessna Aircraft came late to the very-light-jet (VLJ) party.

Overhauling Part 61

Article | Feb 01, 2007

Bruce Landsberg has served as executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation since 1995. The musician and songwriter Frank Zappa once said, "The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced." The cynical Zappa obviously had no encounter with the FAA — or perhaps he did.


Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2007

Budget Buy Cessna 150: Reliable and affordable The Cessna 150 is more than a great trainer ("Budget Buy Cessna 150: Reliable and Affordable," November 2006 Pilot). It is a very affordable personal airplane.

Diamond Aircraft DA42 Twin Star

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2006

Twenty-first-century good looks You might expect the first new light twin in more than two decades to look a little different — and the Diamond DA42 doesn't disappoint. In fact, the DA42's looks are such a departure from the norm for light twins that it's difficult to get close to one at the big airshows — the only thing that's more popular is Starbucks.