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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.

Letters: A Tipping Point for 406 MHz

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

Dave Hirschman’s update on the installation of ELTs struck home for many readers at an interesting time in aviation history.

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.

Harley in the sky

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

When Darin Hart hears his Super Legend—the king of the American Legend Aircraft line of Cub-alike tailwheel airplanes—he hears in his heart a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Layering STCs: Understanding and managing the risks

Aircraft Maintenance | Nov 21, 2013

The concept of implementing STCs on previously modified aircraft is known as "layering STCs," and doing it properly is paramount to safety.

Arctic quest

Article | Sep 12, 2013

Polar bears may be cute when seen in zoos, but Arctic residents have a different perspective.

East/West Fly Off

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

The Beech T–34 and Nanchang CJ–6 were built at the same time for the same purpose--military flight training--yet the two airplanes are a study in contrasts.

Pilot Briefing: Everything under the sun

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Brazil’s brand-new Wega arrived in the United States in April. The Wega is an all-composite, Experimental-category airplane built in the Santa Catarina district in Brazil.

Beaver Checkout

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Turning final for a water landing on a placid lake, the de Havilland DHC–2 Beaver seems perfectly matched to its purpose.

Fly Off: A tale of two biplanes

Article | May 01, 2013

Photography by Chris Rose; illustrations by Steve Karp Lined up on the runway behind the blue-and-yellow Stearman in its original Army Air Corps markings, the colorful Waco biplane seems as though it belongs in a historical black-and-white newsreel, not today’s reality. The airplane that taught America’s “greatest generation” to fly rumbles forward, its tailwheel quickly rising off the pavement, followed by its main wheels after a total ground roll of about 600 feet.

Fly the new Just Aircraft SuperSTOL

Article | Apr 12, 2013

The landing procedure in Just Aircraft's new SuperSTOL seems nothing short of suicidal. On final approach at 500 feet agl, chop engine power to idle and hold the control stick full aft.

Zenith breaks from STOL mold

Article | Apr 10, 2013

Conventional tires and wheel pants distinguish the CH 750 Cruzer from its STOL predecessors. Zenith Aircraft Co.

Flight Amid Vertical Terrain

Article | Mar 25, 2013

AOPA's A Pilot's Guide to Mountain Flying Introduction Do you want to fly above snow-capped mountains, journey through narrow canyons and land at airports that have some of the most spectacular scenery in the world? If you haven't experienced this, you are in for a thrill. However, you will also be faced with greater challenges and different procedures.

You say you want an evolution

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2012

Photography by Mike Fizer The air traffic controllers couldn’t seem to get the name of Lancair’s turboprop, the Evolution, quite right. During our short taxi for departure, both ground and local controllers at Cincinnati Municipal Airport Lunken Field referred to the sleek, four-seat kit airplane as “Revolution.” Cleared for takeoff on Runway 21 Left, Lancair dealer and demo pilot Doug Walker advanced the power lever on the 750-shaft-horsepower Pratt & Whitney PT6A-135A.

The golden Maule

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

Meet Big Hoss, a Maule model that actually is new

Major firms join electric aircraft discussion

Article | May 01, 2012

Wheel motors that can help accelerate an electric aircraft to liftoff within 100 feet or less will mark the next phase in the development of electric aircraft, with near-whisper-quiet designs soon to follow.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accidents: Calm in chaos

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

Overlooking basic things is the cause of many accidents. Fail to set a critical cockpit control for takeoff and takeoff doesn’t occur.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

The expression "behind the curve" apparently has to do with being on the left side of the so-called bell curve, the type of curve that many teachers use to issue grades. Being behind the curve also refers to something or someone unable to keep up with the norm.

The Maine Event

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

The AOPA 2012 Sweepstakes "Tougher Than a Tornado" Husky can seem as out of place at a big airport as a monster truck on the streets of Manhattan. The Husky was designed and built in Wyoming for flying throughout the rugged and expansive West - so what happens if its eventual winner is an East Coast city slicker? Could an airplane optimized for rough, high-altitude airports be useful in other regions where elevations are low, distances are short, and paved airports are plentiful?