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Lithium-ion battery for GA certified

Article | Mar 03, 2014

The FAA has certified True Blue Power's lithium-ion engine start battery, which the company says is a first for general aviation.

Hartzell gains STC, plans deliveries of swept TBM prop

Article | Feb 26, 2014

Hartzell Propeller has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) for its swept-airfoil composite five-blade propeller for Daher-Socata TBM 700 and TBM 850 aircraft.

Eclipse 550 gains approvals

Article | Feb 20, 2014

The Eclipse 550 is the first light jet equipped with autothrottles, and the FAA has also approved anti-skid brakes.

New perspective

Pilot Magazine | Feb 19, 2014

I lucked into my first airplane ride in a Cherokee 140 when I was 15 years old, and for the next two years, all my lawn-mowing money went straight into the cash register of the local FBO.

Fairmount club: Getting more students into airplanes

Article | Jan 28, 2014

The goal of the Fairmount Flying Club is to get more students into general aviation aircraft.

Parachute boosts useful load

Article | Jan 08, 2014

BRS Aerospace has packaged a paperwork-based supplemental type certificate increasing useful load of the Cessna 182P and Q models when a parachute is installed.

Harley in the sky

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

When Darin Hart hears his Super Legend—the king of the American Legend Aircraft line of Cub-alike tailwheel airplanes—he hears in his heart a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Cessna TTx certified in Brazil

Article | Dec 06, 2013

Cessna reports "strong deliveries" of the new TTx since being awarded an FAA type certificate in June, and Brazil has followed suit.

Layering STCs: Understanding and managing the risks

Aircraft Maintenance | Nov 21, 2013

The concept of implementing STCs on previously modified aircraft is known as "layering STCs," and doing it properly is paramount to safety.

FAA approves wingtip device 'cradle' for some aircraft

Article | Nov 14, 2013

The FAA has approved a system for attaching electronic devices to the wingtips of many Cessna and Piper aircraft.

Improve aircraft performance with more power, part 5

Aircraft Maintenance | Nov 04, 2013

Looking for more power? Start by maximizing what you already have, then check into supplemental type certificates.

Classic in the making

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

It happens at 125 miles per hour. That’s the speed at which the sound of the rushing wind drowns out the growl of the Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer’s 180-horsepower engine.

Improve aircraft performance with efficiency mods, part 4

Aircraft Maintenance | Oct 23, 2013

If you own an aircraft produced in reasonably large numbers, you can be assured that there are companies marketing modifications to improve performance. However, it pays to be a bit skeptical when evaluating any specific speed gains promised.

Mid-Continent unveils lithium batteries, educational seminars

Article | Oct 21, 2013

Mid-Continent Instrument Co. announced Oct. 21 that it now offers two new, advanced-technology lithium-ion batteries.

New swept prop for TBMs

Article | Oct 03, 2013

Hartzell Propeller is taking orders for a new five-blade composite propeller for the Daher-Socata TBM 700 and 850 models.

Young blood

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

At 7 o’clock on a June morning—an hour when many teenagers on summer vacation still would be asleep—eight high school students form an attentive group around a Glasair Aviation employee.

Swept-blades for C90 family

Article | Sep 23, 2013

A swept-blade propeller developed by Hartzell and Raisbeck will be available for King Air C90 models beginning in January.