Water lacking, floatplanes launch from trailer

A half-ton Dodge truck lines up on the centerline. As the pickup accelerates, the floatplane trailered behind it adds power, lifts off, banks left, and departs: just another floatplane launch by Joe Sprague of Cadillac Aircraft Services in Cadillac, Mich.

Apr 24, 2014 | comments

Aircraft Maintenance

Eating the elephant: Become an educated owner

When you set out on a mission to learn about your airplane, it’s amazing how many people step in to help.

Apr 23, 2014 | comments

Apps of the week

Apps automate weight and balance process

Calculating weight and balance is an important task for pilots. AOPA members share their personal favorite weight-and-balance apps.

Apr 21, 2014
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Pilot Accessories


Garmin pilotizes the VIRB camera system

Garmin's VIRB action camera now includes a host of accessories to make it more useful in the cockpit. An audio cable captures intercom and ATC communications, and a new removable filter reduces propeller blur.

Apr 01, 2014 | comments


VFR cockpit app enhanced

Interactive airspace alerts, notam organization, enhanced flight tracking, and expanded European coverage have been added with the latest release of Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck VFR.

Mar 12, 2014 | comments


Applications open for Lightspeed Aviation Foundation awards

The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation is now taking applications for its Pilot's Choice Awards.

Jan 07, 2014
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Aircraft Accessories


FreeFlight cuts ADS-B prices

To encourage more aircraft owners to invest in ADS-B technology sooner, FreeFlight Systems is cutting the price of its universal access transceiver kit through the end of the year.

Apr 02, 2014


Lift Reserve Indicator for FAA-certified aircraft

The FAA has approved the BendixKing KLR 10, meant to enhance safety by warning pilots of high angles of attack.

Mar 05, 2014 | comments


FAA streamlines AOA approval

The FAA announced Feb. 5 a policy change that could help put angle of attack indicators in thousands of cockpits.

Feb 06, 2014 | comments
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Apps of the week

Apps automate weight and balance process

Calculating weight and balance is an important task for pilots. AOPA members share their personal favorite weight-and-balance apps.

Apr 21, 2014

Apps of the week

Developers offer aviation app updates

Jeppesen’s Mobile FliteDeck VFR for iPad has been expanded; iFly GPS is now available on Android platforms; and iFlightPlanner 2.0, FltPlanGo, and FlightPro have all been updated.

Apr 14, 2014

Apps of the week

Checklist apps? Check

Five apps offer customizable aircraft checklists.

Apr 04, 2014
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Aircraft Components


Diesel Archer approved in Europe

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.

Apr 09, 2014 | comments


Premier progresses with 172 diesel upgrade

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

Apr 01, 2014


Continental, ASI acquire rights to twin Cessna F406

Continental Motors and ASI Innovation of Reims, France, have acquired rights to build the Cessna F406 turboprop airplane.

Mar 26, 2014 | comments
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Portable GPS


Antenna taps weather services

Garmin has announced a new antenna designed to capture Sirius XM weather and feed it to Garmin devices, starting with the aera 796.

Feb 24, 2014

Pilot Magazine

Pilot Counsel: Reexamination

One of the tools that the FAA uses in its enforcement efforts is a request to reexamine a pilot’s qualifications to hold his or her FAA certificate or ratings.

Feb 12, 2014


New Garmin unit offers ADS-B, GPS, attitude

Garmin has introduced a new portable ADS-B and GPS receiver that displays aircraft attitude information alongside mapping, traffic, and weather.

Jan 22, 2014 | comments
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