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Aircraft maintenance: Propeller care

Aircraft Maintenance | Jun 26, 2013

Here’s a quiz: What travels at speeds in excess of 500 miles per hour, endures 10 tons to 20 tons of force trying to rip it apart and gets so little respect that the average pilot equates it to a tow-bar? It’s your old pal the propeller.

Avidyne secures STC for DFC90 Bonanza installations

Article | May 14, 2013

A long-awaited supplemental type certificate is now available for Beechcraft Bonanza owners who wish to install Avidyne's DFC90 autopilot in conjunction with Aspen avionics.

Electric airplanes? EAS guides the way

Article | May 09, 2013

Batteries that have a specific energy 45 times that of the one in a typical Cessna or Piper? The Electric Aircraft Symposium VII, April 26 and 27 in Santa Rosa, Calif., featured 25 speakers on topics ranging from a propeller safety device to sustainability and maintenance.

Diamond updates DA40 interior, dealers downplay job cuts

Article | Apr 11, 2013

The 2013 Diamond DA40 XLT on display at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo. Diamond Aircraft dealers carried the company flag to Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo, holding a press conference to announce the updated DA40 XLT model for 2013 and the recall of some workers recently laid off by Diamond Aircraft in London, Ontario.

Club Spotlight: Flying a 182 For the Cost of a 172

Article | Apr 01, 2013

The Paramus Flying Club keeps costs down by flying a Cessna 182 retrofitted with a SMA diesel engine.

ASF - Aircraft Deicing/Anti-icing Equipment

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Aircraft Deicing and Anti-icing Equipment The resources listed below are provided as additional information to the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's Aircraft Deicing and Anti-icing Equipment Safety Advisor. The links below provide information on icing accident statistics, weather flying strategies, certification of aircraft, and suggestions on how to tell if your aircraft is approved for flight in known icing conditions.

Mar. 8, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Mar 08, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 10 — March 8, 2013 ‘We got a rogue vehicle’ GA 'HIKE' ACROSS AMERICA Tackling windy weather operations Quiz Me: Standard-rate turn Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured ‘We got a rogue vehicle’: ATC honored for assists An airliner about 10 seconds—and 100 feet—from touchdown aborted the landing at after a Jeep Grand Cherokee crashed through a locked gate at Philadelphia International Airport and barreled down Runway 9R with the aircraft approaching behind it.

Flying club's Cessna 182 makes biofuel flight

Article | Mar 07, 2013

Kill Devil Hills, N.C., was the site of another aviation milestone March 2 when a Cessna 182 retrofitted with a SMA diesel engine landed at First Flight Airport (KFFA). Pilots say it is the first flight powered by cooking-oil-based SkyNRG biofuel in a piston engine, and the first biofuel flight for an SMA diesel-cycle engine.

Upgraded M*A*S*H helo to enter production

Article | Mar 06, 2013

The distinctive Bell 47 helicopter will return to production with a Rolls-Royce RR300 turboshaft engine, Scott's – Bell 47 Inc. announced March 5 at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas.

Aircraft diesel engine passes testing milestone

Article | Feb 13, 2013

Engineered Propulsion Systems of New Richmond, Wis., announced passing an important technical milestone in its program to bring a diesel engine to market in the general aviation and military unmanned aircraft systems sectors.

LoPresti Aviation shifts focus, Fury on hold

Article | Feb 06, 2013

The LoPresti Fury will not return to the airshow circuit in 2013, following a shift in focus by the company toward lighting products and speed mods.

Holder of Navion type certificate targets new aircraft production

Article | Jan 29, 2013

South St Paul, Minn.-based Sierra Hotel Aero Inc., holder of the type certificate for the Navion, says it is two to three years away from bringing the aircraft back into production.

Air Force to modify Caravans for airdrop duty

Article | Dec 17, 2012

The U.S. Air Force has a job for a contractor experienced in Cessna Caravan modifications, and a long-endurance mission for a pair of civilian pilots. Afghanistan, anyone?

FreeFlight Systems gains wider approval for ADS-B Out

Article | Nov 05, 2012

A Texas avionics company is celebrating the FAA's recent decision to speed the approval process for installing NextGen avionics that will be required by 2020.

Heard at Summit

Article | Oct 15, 2012

Find out what people had to say at AOPA Aviation Summit in this highlight of some of the notable quotes heard during the show.

Summit news and product briefs

Article | Oct 11, 2012

Aero & Marine offers California use tax service Even nonresidents can be hit with a use tax for using, storing, or registering an aircraft in California, Aero & Marine Tax Professionals’ Tom Alston warned at AOPA Aviation Summit. However, many pilots who use their aircraft for business can use a commercial interstate flight hours test to avoid the tax legally, Alston said.

‘Active’ winglets: More than a pretty fin

Article | Oct 10, 2012

Tamarack Aerospace group has developed and patented "active" winglets equipped with internal sensors and control surfaces that deflect automatically to improve wing efficiency during all phases of flight.

Avidyne DFC90 cleared for integrated Skylane installations

Article | Oct 04, 2012

A supplemental type certificate announced Oct. 2 allows Avidyne DFC90 digital autopilot installations in Cessna 182-series aircraft equipped with Aspen Avionics Evolution 1000 Pro primary flight displays.

MT breathes new life into old propellers

Article | Jul 31, 2012

MT-Propeller will begin producing two-blade ground-adjustable aluminum propellers for the vintage market.