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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.

Aspen announces Connected Pilot TSO

Article | Jul 24, 2012

Aspen Avionics announced July 24 that Connected Pilot, the first in what will be a series of Connected Panel products--providing a wireless link between certified avionics in the aircraft panel and iPads or other portable smart electronic devices--has received technical standard order approval from the FAA.

Avidyne discusses GNS430 replacement

Article | Jul 23, 2012

Avidyne Corp. provided additional information about its IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM at EAA AirVenture on July 23. Designed as a plug-and-play replacement for Garmin GNS430-series navigators, Avidyne said the IFD440 can reduce installation cost and downtime for customers who want to add a touch-screen display or who are upgrading avionics to obtain Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems/Localizer Performance Vertical Guidance (SBAS/LPV) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities.

Prop control now available for Cirrus models

Article | Jul 18, 2012

When the first Cirrus was introduced, the lack of a propeller control was seen as an evolutionary step on the way to full authority digital engine control (FADEC). But now Tamarack Aerospace Group thinks there's a market for a step back to classic control configuration.

FreeFlight Systems lands STC for ADS-B Out

Article | Jun 20, 2012

A transceiver developed by a Texas avionics company will help keep Gulf of Mexico helicopters safely separated while flying more efficient direct routes, the company announced this month. The FreeFlight RANGR FDL-978TX is the first rule-compliant ADS-B Out system to earn a supplemental type certificate for installations in AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters, after proving capabilities in the Chevron fleet.

Hawker Beechcraft takes orders for G1000 upgrades

Article | May 31, 2012

With a supplemental type certificate now in place allowing Garmin G1000 suite installations in King Air 300/350 models, Hawker Beechcraft Services announced the first six orders are booked. The STC makes the G1000 an option throughout the King Air line.

Injury doesn't 'throttle back' pilot's drive to fly

Article | Apr 26, 2012

When Clayton Smeltz sits in the left seat of his Piper Cherokee 140, he doesn't have think about the best way to maneuver his wheelchair around obstacles or over uneven terrain. He's free.

PK Floats secures gross weight increase for Aviat models

Article | Apr 02, 2012

PK Floats Inc. has earned a supplemental type certificate allowing Aviat Husky owners with PK2250A floats to increase gross takeoff weight by 50 pounds, up to 2,250 pounds. Owner Alton Bouchard does not plan to stop there.

Restored Bell 47 returns to market

Article | Feb 13, 2012

One of Bell Helicopter's most reliable helicopters ever, the Bell 47, is in the process of returning to the market. Scott's Bell 47, a Le Sueur, Minn., company, plans to offer the helicopter first as a restored model and later hopes to place it in production. Two restored models were shown on the floor of the Heli-Expo in Dallas Feb. 12.

Direct to: Talk to your plane

Article | Feb 02, 2012

As if programming an IFR flight plan into a Garmin GNS 430W or 530W with the sound of your voice wasn't easy enough, VoiceFlight Systems has shaved yet another step for Apple iPad users.

Gobosh LSA reborn as Aero AT-4

Article | Jan 24, 2012

Of the dozens of aircraft that converged on the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo Jan. 19 through 22, the Aero AT-4 had the most challenging journey. The Polish-made light sport aircraft was nearly grounded by U.S. Customs inspections, caught in a Catch-22: Inspectors sought an airworthiness certificate that could not be obtained until the aircraft cleared customs.

Waypoints

Article | Feb 01, 2007

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines owns a 1972 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza, which is aging quite gracefully.