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Editor's pick: Top 10 apps for 2012

Article | Dec 21, 2012

AOPA e-Newsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson share the top 10 apps that she’s reviewed in 2012. Did your favorite app make the list?

New Orleans, FAA expect GA Super Bowl crowd

Article | Nov 29, 2012

It’s not too soon to start planning that Super Bowl flight. New Orleans is preparing for a crowd, and that goes for airports, too.

App roulette

Article | Nov 20, 2012

After throwing a list of apps into an online randomizer, AOPA's Benét J. Wilson takes a look at the top five that the program spit out. You might be surprised by what surfaced.

Piper celebrates 75 years

Article | Nov 12, 2012

Hundreds of people were on hand and 84 aircraft - including Piper products that represented the company's lineage going back to the J-3 Cub - flew in to help Piper Aircraft Inc. celebrate its seventy-fifth anniversary Nov. 9 through 11.

Learn to fly apps

Article | Nov 02, 2012

I am currently a student pilot and a fool for pilot-related apps. I need all the help I can get in learning the ins and outs of flying, so this week, I’m reviewing apps that student pilots should consider.

FreeFlight announces new technologies, approvals

Article | Oct 11, 2012

FreeFlight Systems will integrate its XPLORER ADS-B weather receiver with GRT Avionics Horizon HXr, Horizon HX and Sport SX panel-mounted electronic flight information systems for experimental and light sport aircraft.

Florida braces for hurricane strike

Article | Aug 23, 2012

With Tropical Storm Isaac expected to strengthen into a hurricane, and take a track toward Florida, it's not too soon for aircraft owners to pay attention – and consider making arrangements to protect vulnerable aircraft. Sound preparation includes a close look at aircraft insurance to verify what limits are in place, how those limits might be affected by the presence of a watch or warning, and whether the policy covers relocation by a professional pilot to keep an aircraft out of harm's way.

Cessna surveys customers about turboprop offering

Article | Jul 24, 2012

Cessna is offering a mockup of what a future single-engine turboprop business aircraft might look like, and asking for the EAA AirVenture crowd to offer opinions. Plans for a new turboprop have been rumored for two years.

Avidyne discusses GNS430 replacement

Article | Jul 23, 2012

Avidyne Corp. provided additional information about its IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM at EAA AirVenture on July 23. Designed as a plug-and-play replacement for Garmin GNS430-series navigators, Avidyne said the IFD440 can reduce installation cost and downtime for customers who want to add a touch-screen display or who are upgrading avionics to obtain Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems/Localizer Performance Vertical Guidance (SBAS/LPV) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities.

Mars rover may have trouble closing flight plan

Article | Jul 17, 2012

While there is no pay phone on Mars, Curiosity might end up needing one, at least for a little while. With less than three weeks left in a journey of 352 million miles from Earth to Mars, the Mars Science Laboratory rover is lined up for an always-risky landing, one that predecessors have failed more often than not.

Avidyne IFD440 seeks to replace GNS430s

Article | Jul 05, 2012

Avidyne's new IFD440, an all-in-one GPS/NAV/COM/FMS, expands on the Massachusetts company's strategy of competing with rival Garmin for GNS430/530 replacements.

IFR Fix: Routine ride, or psychological thriller?

Article | Jun 29, 2012

To hear the passenger talk about it, it had been one harrowing flight. No words of distress had been spoken in the cockpit or on the radio, but you know what they say about cutting tension with a knife. Was the cover-up worse than the crime?

Weather cameras add safety in Alaska

Advocacy | Jun 28, 2012

The view northeast from Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska, isn't a pilot's dream: The air is opaque, and the overcast hides a pair of prominent peaks five and 11 miles away. Fortunately, a pilot planning an arrival wouldn't have to find out the bad news the hard way. A network of aviation cameras is giving Alaska aviators a nearly real-time glimpse of local conditions.

IFR Fix: What's 'visual'?

IFR Fix | Jun 25, 2012

All it take is a cross-channeled radio to blockade the airspace and breed bedlam. On any IFR flight in moderate weather, pilots face the decision: Cancel aloft, possibly speeding up the arrival, or remain on the IFR flight plan to touchdown.

Avionics pioneer Edward King Jr. dies

Article | Jun 07, 2012

As a pilot, Edward King Jr. wasn't satisfied with the radios in airplanes, so he invented better ones. The entrepreneur launched Communications Accessories Corp. in 1948 and sold it to Collins Radio Corp. in 1956. He later founded King Radio in 1959, selling it to Allied Signal/Bendix Aerospace in 1985. King died June 3; he was 90 years old.

NASA takes synthetic vision to the next level

Article | May 17, 2012

Engineers at the NASA Langley Research Center who developed synthetic vision technology are now working to put it right before your eyes. A head-worn display that tracks your gaze and is mounted on an ordinary eyeglass frame promises to project critical information, including traffic and terrain, in zero visibility.

IFR Fix: Not to be redundant

IFR Fix | Mar 02, 2012

Any pilot who has ever dropped a pen into the abyss beneath the seats while copying a complicated clearance immediately learns one of aviation's overarching lessons: Carry more pens.

Stricken P-51 lands with help from a legend: Bob Hoover

Article | Feb 29, 2012

Circling above Mobile, Ala., on Feb. 26 with the left main landing gear of the vintage P-51 stuck halfway down, pilot Chuck Gardner calmly worked the procedures. When that failed to produce the desired result, a little advice from fellow aviators - including 90-year-old aviation legend Bob Hoover - proved helpful.

IFR Fix: Real or imagined?

IFR Fix | Feb 24, 2012

How are things in the real world today? Give flight service a call. Tell the briefer we need weather for a trip from here to the real world and back. In the remarks section, please be sure to note when you file that this is a training flight with a focus on IFR flying under real-world conditions.

Air-conditioned Alto stands out at low speeds

Article | Jan 24, 2012

Docile is the word as the Alto 100 slows to a stall. And slows, and slows. At 35 KIAS with flaps up, there was still no sign of buffet, and aileron control remained crisp and responsive. The Alto finally began to buffet, a barely perceptible buffet, at 33 KIAS, seeming to just hang there in space.

IFR Fix: Not on speaking terms

IFR Fix | Jan 06, 2012

Flying IFR is a contact sport. Sooner or later you will need to contact ATC, with a strong bias toward sooner. When the plan isn't working, people can get into trouble.