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AOPA Online Members Only -- Eclipse Marches Toward Certification, Provisionally

Article | Aug 10, 2006

Eclipse Marches Toward Certification, Provisionally Article Archive Acknowledging the progress Eclipse Aviation has achieved in more than 1,400 tests encompassing in excess of 1,800 flights and 2,700 hours aloft, the FAA chose Oshkosh this year to announce issuance of a provisional type certificate for the Eclipse 500 very light jet. The Albuquerque-based manufacturer anticipates initial (non-provisional) certification for day/night/VFR/IFR single-pilot operations, including flight into RVSM airspace, by the end of August.

40 Top Technologies

Article | Aug 01, 2006

Influencing every aspect in the sky The 1992 Robert J. Collier Trophy — the award honoring the greatest achievement for the advancement of aviation or aerospace for the year — went to the team that developed the Global Positioning System (GPS).

AOPA Expo 2006

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2006

Join us in sunny California! The clock is ticking, the days are rushing by, and the date for AOPA Expo — the annual three-day general aviation show of shows — is fast approaching. When August 1 arrives, there will be only 100 days left until AOPA President Phil Boyer kicks off AOPA Expo 2006 on Thursday, November 9, at 9 a.m.

40 Top Technologies

Article | Aug 01, 2006

One-lever control Juggling engine management tasks such as monitoring — and adjusting — their engine's mixture, prop rpm, and power settings while manipulating the flight controls and airplane speed to keep the localizer and glideslope needles centered during a low-ceiling and -visibility ILS approach is a challenge for general aviation pilots. So, to those experienced in this dance, the idea of an automatic one-lever engine control system seems too good to be true.

The Liberty Challenge

Article | Jul 01, 2006

Liberty Aerospace officials once marketed their XL2 as a sporty cross-country airplane. They have now recast its message as an economical airplane based on the company's claims for operating costs (called "rebranding" in the marketing game).

Lead Is Still King - Part II

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2006

The hurricane season of 2005 hammered the U.S. Gulf Coast with unprecedented fury, leaving more than 1,300 dead and thousands homeless.

AOPA Pilot - 40 Top Technologies: Trivia

Article | Jan 01, 2006

A good idea, but... Here's a roundup of several 1990s general aviation innovations that go to show that what looks good in theory does not always hold up in reality.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2005

SpaceShip One heads to National Air and Space Museum Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne will be taking its rightful place this month, hanging between the Bell X-1 and the Spirit of St. Louis and above the Mercury space capsule in the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Fly the Electrons

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2005

Twenty-first-century airplanes have arrived with huge flight displays that are revolutionizing the way pilots fly light airplanes. Then why is engine management still in the Dark Ages? Cirrus Design has made inroads to simplify engine management by eliminating the propeller control in its SR-series airplanes, but there's still the misunderstood and misused mixture knob that tends to perplex pilots, especially those new to general aviation.

Single-Lever Skyhawk

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2005

Early this year, Thielert Aircraft Engines (TAE) earned both EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) and Federal Aviation Administration approval of its 135-horsepower Centurion 1.7 turbodiesel engine retrofit for the Cessna 172K, -L, -M, -N, -R, and -S models. FAA approval of a kit for Piper Warrior IIs, IIIs, and Cadets should have been granted by the time you read this.