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Water lacking, floatplanes launch from trailer

Article | Apr 24, 2014

A half-ton Dodge truck lines up on the centerline. As the pickup accelerates, the floatplane trailered behind it adds power, lifts off, banks left, and departs: just another floatplane launch by Joe Sprague of Cadillac Aircraft Services in Cadillac, Mich.

Eating the elephant: Become an educated owner

Aircraft Maintenance | Apr 23, 2014

When you set out on a mission to learn about your airplane, it’s amazing how many people step in to help.

Apps automate weight and balance process

Apps of the week | Apr 21, 2014

Calculating weight and balance is an important task for pilots. AOPA members share their personal favorite weight-and-balance apps.

Topics Gear, Apps

Developers offer aviation app updates

Apps of the week | Apr 14, 2014

Jeppesen’s Mobile FliteDeck VFR for iPad has been expanded; iFly GPS is now available on Android platforms; and iFlightPlanner 2.0, FltPlanGo, and FlightPro have all been updated.

Topics Gear, Apps, Tablet

Eating the elephant: Charting a course to aircraft ownership

Aircraft Maintenance | Apr 10, 2014

For all its regulations and costs, there are options out there to make the dream of aircraft ownership a reality for most pilots.

AOPA Fly-ins: Indianapolis

Pilot Magazine | Apr 10, 2014

The airport’s FBO, Indy Jet; Indianapolis-area EAA chapters; and the Indianapolis Aviation Authority are working with AOPA to make the May 31 fly-in an event to remember.

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.

Same as it ever was

Pilot Magazine | Apr 08, 2014

Today someone will walk in to a flight school and plunk down a bunch of money to fulfill a dream.

General aviation giants

Pilot Magazine | Apr 08, 2014

General aviation has always attracted larger-than-life personalities.

Checklist apps? Check

Apps of the week | Apr 04, 2014

Five apps offer customizable aircraft checklists.

Topics Gear, Apps, Tablet