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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.


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.