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FreeFlight receives FAA approval of RANGR FDL-978-RX

Article | Jul 28, 2014

FreeFlight Systems announced July 28 that it had received technical standard order approval from the FAA for its RANGR FDL-978-RX ADS-B receiver.

Spot simplifies with new Trace tracker

Article | Jul 28, 2014

Rather than upping the feature set, as seems the norm these days with new products, Spot decided to simplify. The Trace is just a satellite-based tracker, automatically sensing motion and turning on.

FreeFlight cuts ADS-B prices

Article | Apr 02, 2014

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.

Lift Reserve Indicator for FAA-certified aircraft

Article | Mar 05, 2014

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

FAA streamlines AOA approval

Advocacy | Feb 06, 2014

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

Aircraft Spruce: Pick up your orders at Oshkosh

Article | Jul 01, 2013

Aircraft Spruce customers going to EAA AirVenture can order merchandise online and pick it up at the show.

Efficiency: The next big thing

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

With such rapid advances in technology, big things in avionics seem to come faster and faster.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2012

For months I had been planning a dive trip at Cayman Brac, one of the Cayman Islands. My nonpilot "co-pilot" Lynn and I have gone on many dive trips in my Piper PA–32-260 Cherokee Six.

Dogfight | Time on their hands

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

Over the past decades I've had a number of wristwatches. Many were cheapo digital models that cost $20 to $50. I always found them characterless and needlessly complex.

Pilot Products: Odds and Ends

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2011

Flight bag designs have exploded in recent years to the point that it’s hard to remember that pilots used to carry everything in a briefcase or other improvised sacks. And while flight bags may fit under the nice-to-have category, new market offerings are making them hard to resist.

Frugal Flyer: Elegant frugality

Article | Feb 01, 2010

Elegance and frugality may seem mutually exclusive, but not in aviation. A sleek, aerodynamically efficient airfoil, for example, is an elegant piece of engineering that can increase aircraft speed and range while reducing fuel consumption.

Member Guide

Article | Jul 01, 2009

Become an AOPA Life Member today With your gift of $2,500 to the AOPA Air Safety Foundation you can join the nearly 1,000 aviators who are AOPA Life Members and receive: A $2,000 charitable tax deduction benefit for your contribution because ASF is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization. Free AOPA membership for life in appreciation of your significant commitment to GA safety.

AOPA's Win a Six in '06 Sweepstakes

Article | Mar 01, 2006

Ultimate Engines works its magic on a tired O-540 Renewing and upgrading the engine and propeller are standard procedure with every AOPA sweepstakes project airplane, and so it is with AOPA's Win A Six in '06 Sweepstakes airplane. But this year there's a twist on this massive work package.

Build Me an Airplane

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2004

On the line at Cessna Aircraft's Independence plant The open hangar door at the end of the production line lets a big Kansas wind blow in. When that same wind, still howling, first crossed the doorstep of Cessna Aircraft Company's Independence plant seven years ago it coursed over three aircraft production lines — those of the Cessna 172,182, and 206 — and a manufacturing crew composed of both new hires and workers called back from when the line last ran in 1986.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2002

The first flight of a new engine Your airplane has been ground-bound for eight weeks because it's getting an engine-ectomy. Bolting a new, rebuilt, or overhauled engine onto an airplane's engine mounts is just a part of readying that "new" engine for flight.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2002

Here's the scenario: You're on vacation. The phone rings.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2002

Buying an aircraft takes planning "I've just found the perfect airplane for sale in Trade-A-Plane. I can't live without it.

Turbine Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2001

More jet engine basics — fuel control units and starter generators Now that we've flowed the air through the engine and out the exhaust pipe in previous articles in this series, it's time to look at a few of the supporting systems on turbine engines. Most of these systems are found on the accessory pad of the engine and are driven by a tower shaft and gearing from the high-pressure compressor shaft.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2001

All it takes is a little gumption and a willingness to learn Everyone likes to save a few bucks. So it's good news that every certificated pilot can legally carry out certain preventive maintenance chores on their airplane.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2001

LoPresti Boom Beam It's hard to think of a light bulb as "high tech," but in fact the new Boom Beam landing light system from LoPresti Speed Merchants is just that. One of the biggest problems with conventional incandescent and halogen landing lights is that normal vibration from our piston engines tends to quickly break their filaments, resulting in burned-out bulbs.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2001

Probably more than you think Student pilots are taught the theory of weight and balance soon after their first solo. Operation of an airplane when it's overweight, or when the weight is distributed such that the center of gravity (CG) is beyond the front or rear limits, not only makes an airplane unsafe, but also renders it unairworthy since it's being operated outside the limits stated in the type certificate.

Turbine Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2000

Ever wonder where a big jet gets all its electricity? The system demands placed on jet aircraft electrical systems are higher than those found on typical light general aviation aircraft. Jets usually have more electrically powered components, including high-draw items such as electric hydraulic pumps or galley ovens.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2000

Meigs Field's future Thanks for the excellent article on Meigs Field ("What Fate Meigs?" June Pilot). I live in Detroit, have an apartment in Chicago, and use Meigs as my easy-access gateway to the city about every other weekend.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 1999

Superior Air Parts enters the engine-overhaul market with a flourish Aircraft owners facing an engine overhaul now have another option to consider, thanks to an ever-aggressive Superior Air Parts. As has been true for a long time, in addition to the field overhaul (large or small shop, take your pick), you can have original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) or factory-rebuilt engines from both Continental and Lycoming.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1999

One of the most common questions that we receive as a result of pilot reports in AOPA Pilot is: "Why do new airplanes have so little payload?" Similarly, readers often complain that on few aircraft can you fill the seats and the fuel tanks and not be over the maximum gross weight. It's true that aircraft designs gain weight over time as new equipment, snazzy interiors, and accessories are added.