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Propeller captured in action

Article | Jul 09, 2014

German scientists have captured the first high-resolution close-ups of an aircraft propeller in flight, revealing exactly how the blades deform under flight forces.

Quick Look: Learjet 31/31A

Pilot Magazine | Jun 09, 2014

The Learjet 31, one of the fastest, high-flying light jets ever.

Debonair on deck

Pilot Magazine | Jun 04, 2014

I know I’ve said this for each of the four sweepstakes restoration airplanes I’ve overseen, but I’ll say it again anyway: The Debonair Sweepstakes airplane has been the most ambitious project yet.

Superior AMOC gets grounded aircraft flying

Advocacy | May 20, 2014

Aircraft that have been grounded by an airworthiness directive affecting some Superior Air Parts replacement cylinder assemblies can get back in the air thanks to an alternative means of compliance approved by the FAA on May 19.

New composite prop certified

Article | May 14, 2014

McCauley Propeller Systems announced FAA certification of the Blackmac Carbon Series three-blade, constant-speed, composite propeller May 9.

Blackhawk boost

Pilot Magazine | May 14, 2014

It seems that no matter how optimized an airplane design may be, there’s always room for improvement.

Eye on sports

Pilot Magazine | May 13, 2014

You say you’re a big sports fan; would like to see major sporting events from a different perspective; and like the idea of flying a rare, classic general aviation airplane?

AOPA, Superior, FAA work to minimize aircraft downtime

Advocacy | Apr 25, 2014

AOPA, Superior Air Parts, and the FAA are continuing to work toward a solution for aircraft affected by the Superior Air Parts cylinder airworthiness directive.

Diesel Archer approved in Europe

Article | Apr 09, 2014

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.

Premier progresses with 172 diesel upgrade

Article | Apr 01, 2014

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

Continental, ASI acquire rights to twin Cessna F406

Article | Mar 26, 2014

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

FreeFlight ADS-B installation list grows

Article | Mar 18, 2014

FreeFlight Systems announced several ADS-B installations and approvals during the Aircraft Electronics Association convention, held in Nashville March 12 through 15.

It takes a village: Comlux Bombardier 600 STC

Article | Mar 14, 2014

Comlux America’s STC will retrofit older Challenger jets so they can fly where Cockpit/Pilot Data Link Communications soon will be required.

Hartzell prop approved for diesel Skyhawk

Article | Mar 13, 2014

The FAA has granted Hartzell Propeller a supplemental type certificate that permits installation of a Bantam series three-blade propeller on diesel-powered Cessna 172s.

Hello TBM 900

Pilot Magazine | Mar 12, 2014

The TBM series of turboprop singles has proven a winner in the marketplace, with more than 684 sales since deliveries began in late 1990. Part of the reason for this success has been a pattern of constant design evolution.

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.

Maintenance: Improving aircraft performance, part 1

Aircraft Maintenance | Sep 12, 2013

Indulge your wild side and find out what you can do to your aircraft to improve true airspeed in the quest to win you bragging rights as the fastest (insert your aircraft here) out there.

Piper reports rising revenue, trainer deal

Article | Aug 02, 2013

Piper Aircraft reported an 11 percent increase in revenue in the first half of 2013 compared to the first half of 2012.

Hartzell to sponsor Team AeroDynamix

Article | Aug 01, 2013

Hartzell Propeller has installed its newest composite props on Team AeroDynamix aircraft and will sponsor the 12-airplane formation group for the next five years.

Efficiency: Perfect pitch

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Unmanned aircraft and airboats would seem to have little to offer general aviation, but growth in the two industries is spurring advancements in propeller design and other technologies—with positive implications for aircraft owners and pilots.

ECi gets STC for 180-hp O-320 replacement

Article | Jul 30, 2013

Engine Components International (ECi) announced July 29 that it has obtained a supplemental type certificate (STC) for the 180-horsepower Titan 340 Stroker engine, a direct replacement for the Lycoming O-320 engine series.

Propeller care: Overhauls

Aircraft Maintenance | Jul 16, 2013

Many owners of fixed-pitch propellers are unaware that a TBO even exists for their props. But it does, and for good reason.

New avionics approved for Piper Saratoga

Article | Jul 16, 2013

Avidyne and NexAir Avionics received a supplemental type certificate from the FAA for its integrated flight deck for the Piper Saratoga.

Propeller care: Preventive maintenance

Aircraft Maintenance | Jul 08, 2013

Preventive maintenance begins with regular, careful inspections of the propeller. Even small areas of damage such as nicks and rock dings can represent stress points that can lead to cracks or corrosion.