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Vulcanair announces four-seat piston single

Article | Apr 10, 2014

Italian twin-engine airplane manufacturer Vulcanair stepped into the single-engine certified aircraft market April 9 with the announcement of a 180-horsepower, four-seat single.

Diesel Archer approved in Europe

Article | Apr 09, 2014

Piper and Continental have teamed to produce a diesel-powered Archer designed for the international flight training market. The first Archer DX has been flying in Germany since February.

Tecnam tease: A new LSA to be announced in April

Article | Mar 22, 2013

The black-and-white photo is sharp, but Tecnam was careful to keep most of their newest creation under wraps in a March 20 announcement of the coming Astore, named in honor of the company’s first production design and timed for the company’s sixty-fifth anniversary. There was no word on the performance of this new light sport aircraft, but Tecnam promised it will be comfortable, and include an iPad Mini as standard equipment.

A look back at GA travels around the world

Article | Dec 20, 2012

In 2012, AOPA staff traveled the world to offer advice to budding aviation communities, report on emerging technology, and step into the shoes of pilots who fly over different topography and in a foreign regulatory landscape.

Sun 'n Fun plans new dates, many improvements for 2013

Article | Aug 02, 2012

Grass will be mowed instead of burned, the show will launch in April instead of late March, and organizers pledge the 2013 edition of Sun 'n Fun will be more accessible and easier to navigate.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

Sailing in with a splash Luxury LSA promises access to land, water, snow A $394,000 amphibious tailwheel airplane from France named Akoya that draws design inspiration from the world of high-speed sailing is preparing to make a splash in the United States. The cost of the light sport aircraft (LSA) includes training and a three-year maintenance and aircraft warranty.

Aero fever

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

This is the story of an adventure flying two brand-new Cirrus SR22s from the factory in Duluth, Minnesota, to Zhuhai, China. We flew the Pacific on 16-hour legs in airplanes with extra fuel tanks. Along the way, we encountered ice, diverted, had a fuel tank rupture, bribed people, flew 21 hours on one marathon day, saw the backroom operations of flying in China, were interviewed on Chinese television--and had the time of our lives.

Flight Design's CTLS earns EASA certification

Article | Apr 20, 2012

Flight Design announced at Aero Friedrichshafen that its CTLS light sport aircraft has earned a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) restricted type certificate ((R) TC) for its two-seat CTLS.

EASA lightens up on certificate conversions

Advocacy | Apr 19, 2012

Under new European Aviation Safety Agency rules, European pilots certificated under the earlier rules set up by the International Civil Aviation Organization have to comply with requirements involving a slew of new written tests, a flight check, and a new medical certificate. In an effort to resolve widespread confusion, EASA called a press conference at Aero, emphasizing that each of the European Union's 27 participating nations have the opportunity to opt out temporarily.

China revives Cirrus SF50

Article | Apr 18, 2012

After being in developmental limbo for three years, Cirrus' Vision SF50 single-engine jet has received a $200 million shot in the arm. "This is the biggest announcement in the history of the company," said Cirrus President Dale Klapmeier in a recorded statement played at a press conference at the Aero Friedrichshafen convention.

Value of GA spans borders, oceans

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2010

Aviation regulations and technology crafted in Europe have a way of making their way across the pond. So when the world meets to discuss general aviation in Friedrichshafen, Germany, AOPA will be there.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

This could have been written in the 1920s, although barnstorming then wasn’t done on a schedule. The American Barnstormers Tour continues its multiyear run with a new tour in the central United States from June to July.

AERO shows hints at hope

Article | Apr 01, 2009

Opening day of AERO show occurred on April Fool’s Day, but spokesmen for Friedrichshafen, Germany’s AERO show, weren’t kidding when they told of record levels of exhibitors and pre-registered attendees. This year, there are 625 exhibitors from 27 nations.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2007

A new Super Star enters the stage A new Diamond is flying in Austria. The five-seat DA50 Super Star went from concept to first flight in less than 11 months.