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Developers offer app, mobile website updates

Apps of the week | Mar 03, 2014

Developers provide updates on aviation apps and mobile websites that handle the FAR/AIM, FBO fuel price checks, flight planning, and eAPIS.

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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.

Aircraft maintenance: Myths, realities of engine preheating

Aircraft Maintenance | Feb 27, 2014

The engine heater and a small cabin heater have been keeping the aircraft warm and ready to go for almost two weeks. Heresy, you say? Leaving a preheater on for this long will corrode the engine, you say? Not necessarily.

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.

Antenna taps weather services

Article | Feb 24, 2014

Garmin has announced a new antenna designed to capture Sirius XM weather and feed it to Garmin devices, starting with the aera 796.

Five apps for maintenance tracking, reference

Apps of the week | Feb 21, 2014

Owners, fleet operators, and mechanics may want to try out these five apps that handle tasks from tracking fasteners to tracking maintenance schedules.

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.

Just Aircraft Super Stol: No runway? No problem

Pilot Magazine | Feb 19, 2014

This 400-foot “runway” has a swamp at one end and a two-story brick building at the other.

AOPA plans big presence at Northwest Aviation Conference

Advocacy | Feb 19, 2014

AOPA President Mark Baker and AOPA representatives will be out in full force at the upcoming Northwest Aviation Conference.

Frugal Flier: A tipping point for 406 MHz ELTs

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

A pair of events last year changed my mind about ELTs and spurred me to take a long-delayed action.

Ownership: Cold comfort

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

An oft-repeated maxim about open-cockpit airplanes says they should be flown only when the air temperature (in Fahrenheit) exceeds the pilot’s age (in years).

Briefing: Light Sport industry report card

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

Industry leaders at the U.S. Light Sport Expo in Sebring, Florida, in January were asked to grade the success of the Light Sport Aircraft (LSA).

Question of the week: Star symbol on VFR chart

Article | Feb 18, 2014

Question: On a VFR sectional chart, you see a star symbol next to the control tower frequency. What does that star symbol tell you?

Question of the Month

Article | Feb 15, 2014

Where does a club with no clubhouse keep the keys?

Five random apps

Apps of the week | Feb 14, 2014

It's time for the randomizer, which has chosen five apps can help pilots with tasks ranging from preflight calculations to electronic flight bags.

Honeywell to unveil takeoff monitor with performance alerts

Article | Feb 14, 2014

Honeywell is working to provide a reliable takeoff performance monitor that can identify a problem in time to abort a takeoff safely—and avoid nuisance alerts that could risk unnecessary high-speed rejected takeoffs.

AOPA opposes recommendation to phase out 121.5 MHz ELTs

Advocacy | Feb 13, 2014

Rather than being forced to junk working emergency locator transmitters, pilots should be free to choose the best technology for their missions, AOPA is telling the Federal Communications Commission.

UPDATED VERSION OF AOPAS FLYQ EFB OFFERS INCREASED SAFETY AND IFR FEATURES

News release | Feb 12, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and partner Seattle Avionics have released Version 1.3 of the popular iPad application, FlyQ EFB, with new functions that include ADS-B traffic display, night mode, instrument procedure overlays and more.

Pilot Counsel: Reexamination

Pilot Magazine | Feb 12, 2014

One of the tools that the FAA uses in its enforcement efforts is a request to reexamine a pilot’s qualifications to hold his or her FAA certificate or ratings.

What’s app? Aviation games

Apps of the week | Feb 07, 2014

Break up the winter doldrums by playing these five aviation game apps.

Bakersfield Flying Club raises funds for Honor Flights

Article | Feb 07, 2014

A raffle held by the Bakersfield Flying Club raised $6,000 to send five World War II veterans to Washington, D.C.