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Sweepstakes 2015: Meet your new 152

Pilot Magazine | Nov 12, 2014

Your “Reimagined” AOPA 2015 Sweepstakes 152 is just like all the 30-something trainers you’ve ever flown—and it’s nothing like them.

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.

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.

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.

Not your average summer job

Article | Jul 24, 2014

Most teens are spending the summer working, whether it is at the pool, a retail store, or even at the airport or FBO. But 500 students from around the United States are spending their summer interning at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on projects that are on the cutting edge of science and technology.

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.

Midair spurred modern ATC

Article | May 02, 2014

The site of a 1956 midair collision that led to modernization of air traffic control has been designated a national historic landmark.

Airvan gets executive interior option

Article | Apr 02, 2014

GippsAero, the aircraft manufacturing arm of Mahindra Aerospace, has introduced a new executive interior for its GA8 Airvan utility airplane.

Quick Look: Global Express

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

The Global Express BD-700 was the first in the series of Bombardier ultra-long-range corporate jets.

Briefing: Inverted Jenny stamp to be reissued

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

The 24-cent airmail stamp with the inverted Jenny, originally issued May 10, 1918, was scheduled to be reissued as a $2 stamp.

First Look: Pilatus breaks the mold

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Swiss manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. has announced a new offering to what had been its all-turboprop line of airplanes. The company’s new, single-pilot-certifiable PC–24 will be a twin-engine, 425-knot “super versatile jet,” and “not a me-too product,” in the words of Pilatus Chairman Oscar Schwenk.

NTSB wants wind-test towers marked, registered

Article | May 30, 2013

As the wind-energy industry grows, the towers it uses to evaluate the potential of sites for power generation pose a growing hazard to aviation, the NTSB said, issuing six safety recommendations to stakeholders.

Boeing puts BBJ 3 on display at EBACE

Article | May 20, 2013

A Boeing 737-900ER customized for opulent private travel and dubbed the Boeing Business Jet 3 was displayed for the first time in Geneva.

Diamond updates DA40 interior, dealers downplay job cuts

Article | Apr 11, 2013

The 2013 Diamond DA40 XLT on display at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo. Diamond Aircraft dealers carried the company flag to Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo, holding a press conference to announce the updated DA40 XLT model for 2013 and the recall of some workers recently laid off by Diamond Aircraft in London, Ontario.

Record-setting pilot on the move

Article | Mar 18, 2013

Editor's note: Bill Harrelson has canceled his double-polar flight after encountering adverse weather. Bill Harrelson, the record-setting pilot and builder of a highly modified Lancair IV, is in southern Chile waiting out bad weather near Antarctica before resuming his round-the-world polar record attempt.

2013 TBM 850 Elite debuts in U.S. market

Article | Feb 26, 2013

Daher-Socata unveiled its 2013 TBM 850 Elite turboprop single for U.S. customers Feb. 25 in Boca Raton, Fla., with cockpit enhancements, a GPS-linked emergency locator transmitter, new interior options, and an updated maintenance program.

Icon teams with Lotus on A5 design

Article | Jun 13, 2012

Icon Aircraft is working with Lotus engineers to craft the interior of the A5, a new LSA being touted as resistant to spins.

Answers for Pilots: Canada! Survival in the Wilderness

Article | May 01, 2012

The arrival of spring means it may be time to enjoy a trip to Canada’s great outdoors. Our northern neighbor’s unspoiled wilderness, magnificent mountains, and scenic lakes beckon hikers, hunters, and fisherman each year. Canada is aviation-friendly and there’s no better way to see the country than by air. However, since much of Canada is wilderness area, Canadian Aviation Regulations require pilots to carry survival equipment for many flights. Find out if your trip requires specific gear with lists of recommended survival gear by season and area.

Pilot Counsel:

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2012

The airspace in which we fly is finite. There will be no more. So what we have needs preserving. The FAA is charged

The Cherokee turns 50

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2011

N5000W rolled out of Piper's then-new factory in Vero Beach, Florida, in February 1961 - although factory is a term used loosely here. Piper's Vero Beach factory was technically not even finished yet, according to Piper Historian Roger Peperell. Rather, the airplane was made in a development building. Jim Tempel was one of the last people to work on N5000W. Tempel, then 20 years old, and his assembly partner took the cabin - which was on a dolly - and fitted the engine, wheels, wings, door, interior, and pretty much everything else at their station. "When we started, there were two of us at the position," he said. But when Tempel left Piper in 1962, the company was putting out so many airplanes he was only doing the nose cone, spinner, propeller, and cowling.