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Users satisfied with contract towers

Advocacy | Nov 28, 2012

The FAA's contract tower program continues to provide safe, cost-effective air traffic services to general aviation and a wide range of other users, according to a government program audit.

Mayor's airport-closure bid could cost millions

Advocacy | Aug 01, 2012

The city of St. Clair, Mo., would face an extended, expensive task if the mayor opts to pursue his four-year campaign to close the regional airport, AOPA told officials at a meeting July 31.

Politician’s bid to close Pa. airport growing costly

Advocacy | May 01, 2012

Pennsylvania's Allentown Queen City Municipal Airport is federally obligated to remain open in perpetuity and it boasts an annual economic impact of $10.5 million. So, how could it face the threat of closure?

Proper Englishman

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

The Percival Provost is an odd object of anyone's affection.

Water dog

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

The small attach points on the side of the AOPA 2012 Sweepstakes Tougher Than a Tornado Husky are easy to overlook and have no real bearing on the way the airplane flies day to day.

Chart provider shuts down citing FAA changes

Article | Jan 12, 2012

New fees for digital chart products were on the horizon, but a California producer of wire-bound books of charts designed for handy cockpit use shut down because of a preliminary step by FAA, a company owner said.

The deal on CJs

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

The Cessna model 525 CitationJet, first delivered in 1993, was a fresh design that replaced the venerable Citation I in the single-pilot, entry level jet niche. The "CJ" was an immediate success and became the foundation for Cessna’s light-jet line. In today’s market conditions, buyers can pick up a five- to 10-year-old, like-new, single-pilot "legacy" CitationJet CJ1 or CJ2 for roughly half the price of the equivalent 525 from the current line.

Fulfilling its promise

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2011

Wingless and painted in green primer, every Cessna 162 Skycatcher is a world traveler by the time it arrives at Yingling Aviation's loading dock at Wichita Mid-Continent International Airport in central Kansas. The two-seat trainers—and Cessna’s first foray in the Light Sport Aircraft market—are built in China and made ready for flight there.