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The upside of upside-down

Article | Aug 23, 2012

At a small New Jersey airport, about 30 pilots gathered Aug. 17 to 19 to test their skill at spins, loops, rolls - and a few more radical maneuvers - inside a square kilometer of airspace. While the International Aerobatic Club has seen membership decline, thanks in large part to a struggling economy, there is plenty of enthusiasm, dedication, and camaraderie to go around.

Topsy-turvy course hooks lifetime flyers, customers

Article | Jul 11, 2012

In the skies over northern Massachusetts, generations of pilots have taken their first taste of a world turned upside down, an introduction to flight inverted that leaves a lasting impression. Many have gone on to learn aerobatics, or get a taildragger endorsement: this kind of flying is pure fun. There's also a serious purpose behind unusual attitude training--just ask any small airplane pilot who has been caught in the wake vortex of an airliner. Learning to master spins, and spin recovery, is another step to building confidence as a pilot, and the skills needed to stay in control no matter what.

Icon video promotes spin-resistant marketing strategy

Article | May 31, 2012

The California company producing a light sport aircraft with sports car looks and a resistance to spins has produced a video demonstration of what happens when you put an Icon A5 side by side with a Cessna 150, pull the power and stick back, and boot the rudders of both.

Icon touts A5 spin resistance milestone

Article | Feb 16, 2012

With a splashy Hollywood debut, sports car styling, and features including folding wings and an amphibious design, the Icon A5 has already attracted plenty of attention. On Feb. 16, the company announced the A5 has passed tests required to establish optional "spin resistant" certification under 14 CFR Part 23.

AOPA Action

Article | Oct 01, 2003

AOPA Membership Passes Milestone! 400,000 Strong The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association surpassed 400,000 members — a new record for the world's largest civil aviation organization — on Tuesday, July 29, 2003. That figure also places AOPA among the top 100 associations of any kind in the nation.

Never Again Online: The right number of mistakes

Article | Jan 01, 2003

Airmet Zulu: moderate rime and mixed icing in clouds and precipitation between freezing level and Flight Level 200. Any pilot in the Pacific Northwest is familiar with this statement.

Changes to Private Pilot Airplane Practical Test Standards, August 2002

Article | Aug 01, 2002

Changes to Private Pilot Airplane Practical Test Standards August 2002 The single biggest change is the reorganization of the Private Pilot PTS to incorporate single-engine land and sea and multiengine land and sea sections into one consolidated document with two sections (single and multiengine), thus reducing the Private Pilot PTS to about half the page count. Some tasks have been reorganized into other areas of operation but have not substantially changed in their requirements or standards.