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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.

AOPA Media

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2011

STORIES WITH ENHANCED CONTENT The Ultimate Skylane Come along with Editor at Large Tom Horne as he takes the Crossover Classic, our 2011 sweepstakes Cessna 182 , from an aged disco queen to a speedy steed that will make any owner proud. In this online video, Horne starts with the purchase process, celebrates the sale, flies its first cross-country, rips out the dated interior, strips off the nasty paint job, refurbishes the interior, adds fantastic avionics, picks out a new paint scheme, and shows off at the airshows.

AOPA 2011 Crossover Classic Sweeps: The Ultimate Skylane

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2011

We’re in the home stretch. Before long, the keys to the Crossover Classic will be handed over to the lucky winner of AOPA’s 2011 Sweepstakes.

Brits invade Florida

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2011

Piper’s first jet project, the Altaire, leverages the 84-year-old company’s knowledge in building airplanes and blends it with input from a group of project executives who have roots in another legendary aircraft manufacturer, Britain’s Hawker Siddeley. Hawker Siddeley was an amalgamation of British manufacturers.

Pimp my Plane

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2011

Really, it’s our fault. David Lessnick of Las Vegas was perfectly happy with his 1964 Piper Comanche 250—until he saw AOPA’s 2008 sweepstakes airplane.

AOPA 2011 Crossover Classic Sweeps: The inside job

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2011

It’s been a mere seven months since we first bought AOPA’s 2011 sweepstakes airplane—a tattered-looking 1974 Cessna 182P—and put it through several major-league steps in its complete restoration. First came the installation of a factory-remanufactured, 300-horsepower Continental IO-550 engine, a new Hartzell three-blade propeller, and Flint Aero wingtip fuel tanks at Air Plains Services of Wellington, Kansas.

Quest Kodiak: A higher calling

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

After logging thousands of flight hours in iconic Howard DGA–15s beginning as a teenager, California rancher Bruce Dickenson developed his own ideas for making the relatively fast and powerful airplanes from the 1930s and 1940s even better.