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Homebuilder revamps cleco plier

Article | Sep 15, 2014

California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.

Aircraft maintenance: Mystery upgrades and opportunities

Aircraft Maintenance | Sep 11, 2014

What’s legal when it comes to modifying older aircraft? The starting point in any analysis of a potential aircraft modification is to answer the question: Is this a major alteration or a minor alteration?

Homecoming Fly-In: General aviation in action

Article | Sep 09, 2014

AOPA is bringing the celebration of general aviation to its home in Frederick, Maryland, for the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4.

Consider these five random aviation apps

Apps of the week | Sep 08, 2014

Check out five aviation apps that handle a range of pilot functions.

Sweepstakes 2015: GA Aircraft Reimagined

Pilot Magazine | Sep 08, 2014

Among the many exotic aircraft at the world’s largest airshow, a once-common Cessna 152 trainer at the AOPA tent at AirVenture drew more than its share of curiosity.

A lot of love—and money: Over-the-top restorations

Pilot Magazine | Sep 08, 2014

A Piper Tri-Pacer, Cessna 182, and Cessna 310 today are better than the factories ever imagined—thanks to owners who wanted their aircraft to be, as the U.S. Army says, all they can be. They succeeded.

Membership News & Notes: ‘Loud and clear,’ says Huerta

Pilot Magazine | Sep 05, 2014

The FAA has sent a proposal to reform the third class medical certification process to the Department of Transportation (USDOT) for review, according to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

P&E Frugal Flier: iPad screen protection

Pilot Magazine | Sep 05, 2014

As iPads become ever more central to flying, accessories that make them work better in the cockpit take on new importance.

New partners help SocialFlight 'energize' aviation

Article | Sep 04, 2014

SocialFlight, an Internet site and mobile app that helps pilots pinpoint aviation events and destinations, is expanding internationally through partnerships with aviation industry leaders, said the Sudbury, Massachusetts-based startup.

Oil platform helo hazard

Article | Sep 03, 2014

Citing two accidents likely involving methane-induced power loss, the NTSB is urging regulators to protect offshore helicopter operators.

Five apps aid pilots in the cockpit

Apps of the week | Sep 02, 2014

Check out these five apps that help pilots handle everything from VOR tracking to weather.

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Specific apps for general aviation

Apps of the week | Aug 25, 2014

An aviation dictionary of pilot terms, advanced avionics handbook, airport identification codes, and more are available at your fingertips through Google Play and iTunes apps.

New generation of ADS-B receiver brings new features

Article | Aug 25, 2014

Stratus 2 is a partnership among manufacturer Appareo, Sporty's Pilot Shop, and Foreflight. Because Stratus 2 was built with Foreflight in mind, the level of integration is slick and complete. However, that partnership also is the product's Achilles' heel.

Lightspeed PFX gets personal

Article | Aug 20, 2014

With all the recent attention to in-the-ear and on-the-ear headsets, Lightspeed has fired back with a cutting edge new over-the-ear model that takes noise attenuation and audio processing to new levels.

'Rod Machado's How to Fly an Airplane Handbook' launches

Article | Aug 19, 2014

Respected author and aviation funny man Rod Machado has written a new book he hopes will get you back to basics.

Port-A-Cool wants you to chill out

Article | Aug 19, 2014

Port-A-Cool is trying to keep things cold with its new Hurricane evaporative cooler.

IFR Fix: Coded weather? GMAB!

IFR Fix | Aug 19, 2014

If it’s been a while, try starting your next proficiency session by getting the weather with a pad, not the iPad.

Aviate, navigate, communicate—and calculate

Apps of the week | Aug 18, 2014

With all of the calculations pilots are required to do for every flight, here's a look at five apps that can help with that process.

How to handle aircraft maintenance when traveling

Aircraft Maintenance | Aug 18, 2014

Having to deal with any form of aircraft maintenance when you're far from home isn't fun. Your resources are limited, you don't necessarily know the local fixed-base operator, and your options may be very limited. When you're away from home, it's in your best interest to become your own maintenance manager and advocate.

Bearhawk shows quick-build LSA

Article | Aug 13, 2014

Bearhawk Aircraft owner Mark Goldberg flew the company’s first quick-build light sport kitplane to EAA AirVenture, a 9.7-hour journey from Texas.

EasyFBO founder a finalist in 'Entrepreneur' contest

Article | Aug 13, 2014

John Hill’s EasyFBO app puts him in the final round of Entrepreneur magazine’s College Entrepreneur of 2014 contest.

AOPA ANNOUNCES TRANSITION BACK TO JEPPESEN FOR ONLINE FLIGHT PLANNER SERVICE

News release | Aug 13, 2014

Starting in 2015, AOPA will return to the AOPA Internet Flight Planner (AIFP) powered by Jeppesen, thus retiring the current flight planner, FlyQ Web.

AOPA returns to Jeppesen for online flight planner

Article | Aug 13, 2014

Starting in 2015, AOPA will return to the AOPA Internet Flight Planner (AIFP) powered by Jeppesen, thus retiring the current flight planner, FlyQ Web. AIFP will remain a free member benefit.

Get the skinny on weight-and-balance apps

Apps of the week | Aug 11, 2014

Check out four apps that take the weight off doing weight-and-balance calculations.

Cessna CJ3+: a plus for the CJ3

Pilot Magazine | Aug 06, 2014

This upgraded CJ3 will be equipped with Garmin’s most advanced flight deck, the G3000 touch-screen avionics suite. Now, pilots fluent in Garmin will no doubt give the CJ3+ a closer look.

A hotspot for everywhere

Article | Aug 05, 2014

Sporty’s Pilot Shop is offering a solution for pilots who need to stay in touch everywhere: a mobile hotspot delivering voice and data via satellite.

Ignition gains approvals

Article | Aug 05, 2014

Electroair’s fuel-saving electronic ignition systems are an option for more certified aircraft than ever.

Flight data recorder for GA

Article | Aug 05, 2014

Hilton Software announced at EAA AirVenture a new feature for WingX Pro7 that captures and records digital flight data 10 times per second.

Return of the Astore

Pilot Magazine | Aug 05, 2014

Luigi Pascale is the head designer at Tecnam and he designed the Astore, Tecnam’s new luxury Light Sport aircraft with an all-metal airframe.

Trig announces Garmin STC

Article | Aug 05, 2014

Trig Avionics announced July 31 that its ADS-B capable transponders can now be paired with Garmin 430W and 530W navigation systems in certified aircraft.

New options lower Jeppesen data costs

Article | Aug 04, 2014

Jeppesen at EAA AirVenture introduced simplified data subscriptions for general aviation customers, dramatically lowering costs for many IFR pilots.

Summer vacation flying: Packing for your trip

Aircraft Maintenance | Aug 04, 2014

Before taking off on a trip where you’ll be gone for an extended period of time or flying in remote areas, gather some spare parts and tools to take along in case a maintenance issue arises along the way.

Fly-Ins: Indianapolis

Article | Aug 04, 2014

Three dozen pilots camped under their wings at Indianapolis Regional Airport the evening before the second AOPA Regional Fly-In of the year. Another 500 aircraft and more than 2,000 attendees joined May 31, including students pilots; families with generations of pilots; and area pilots, EAA chapters, and Civil Air Patrol members who volunteered to cook, direct traffic, and park airplanes.<

Whelen upgrades LED lighting

Article | Aug 01, 2014

Whelen Engineering, the leading manufacturer of lighting products for general aviation aircraft, has introduced its Parmetheus Plus landing and taxi LEDs.

Mahindra to put floats on Airvan 8

Article | Aug 01, 2014

Mahindra Aerospace, a part of India’s Mahindra Group, announced that it intends to offer Wipline’s 3450 amphibious floats for its eight-passenger Airvan 8.

P&E Ownership: Birth of a blade

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

When discussing MT-Propeller’s line of natural composite propellers, you might be tempted to say, “Everything old is new again.” But you would be mistaken.

Crossing the threshold

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

The flight from Charleston, South Carolina, would be my first in the new model, an upgrade from the Eclipse 500, which itself had several versions of varying capabilities during its short production run.

Light Sport Aircraft: Soul-stirring airplane

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

Like a duck that switches from sitting placidly atop the water to a furiously splashing, flapping, quacking master of flight, the Amphibious Carbon Cub leaps into air with a burst of raw energy.<

Georgia pilot wins travel package to AirVenture

Article | Jul 31, 2014

A Georgia pilot was attending EAA AirVenture after winning a travel package in an aviation headset manufacturer’s random drawing.

Developers offer Oshkosh updates

Apps of the week | Jul 30, 2014

Aviation apps developers offer updates just in time for EAA AirVenture.

SocialFlight to create nationwide Parade of Planes

Article | Jul 30, 2014

Online aviation event hub SocialFlight is working with aircraft manufacturers to host a nationwide Parade of Planes during the month of September.

An iPad-based HUD from MyGoFlight

Article | Jul 30, 2014

Tablet computers are quickly becoming essential avionics.

Beringer announces new wheels for certified, light aircraft

Article | Jul 29, 2014

Beringer Wheels and Brakes announced the availability of several types of aircraft wheels on July 29 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and said a new anti-groundloop tailwheel design is forthcoming.

Hartzell inks deal to buy Plane-Power

Article | Jul 29, 2014

Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC announced July 29 that it finalized an agreement to buy the assets of Granbury, Texas-based Plane-Power LTD.

ACR Electronics offers new 406 MHz ELT

Article | Jul 28, 2014

A new single-output ELT from ACR Electronics features GPS integration that doesn’t require aircraft power.

Beyond stall avoidance: Safe Flight AOA system

Article | Jul 28, 2014

Safe Flight has developed an angle-of-attack system that does much more than help pilots fly precise approaches and avoid stalls.