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Letters

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

Senior Editor Dave Hirschman and Chief Photographer Mike Fizer traveled to the ends of the Earth to experience flying in New Zealand and share with readers. “Kudos on the outstanding collection of New Zealand flying articles.

Boeing chief test pilot calls for training overhaul

Article | May 24, 2012

Using antiquated methods to learn antiquated technology will not help avert a serious shortage of pilots, a problem that threatens both GA and commercial aviation. Boeing's chief test pilot wants to see technology better used in classrooms and simulators--and for students to stay proficient with their hand flying at the same time.

New fuel-sipping Rotax on the market

Article | Mar 08, 2012

Sporting an electronic engine control system designed to optimize mixture at any altitude, the Rotax 912iS was unveiled March 8 in Austria.

Turbine Logbook

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

What do turbine aircraft buyers consider when evaluating one aircraft versus another? My experience suggests that motivations have changed over time and will continue to evolve.

Power Scout

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

To find the American Champion factory, head southwest from Milwaukee, away from the frenetic highways along the Chicago corridor, and west to the quiet country roads through Rochester, Wisconsin. Even in this town of 1,100 people, few know there is an airplane factory making tailwheel models on the farm next door.

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.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2011

It was a warm sunny Sunday morning at Fullerton Municipal Airport. My wife and I had spent a wonderful two days aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, soaking up the ambiance of transatlantic travel from a bygone era.

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.