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Return of the Astore

Pilot Magazine | Aug 05, 2014

Luigi Pascale is the head designer at Tecnam and he designed the Astore, Tecnam’s new luxury Light Sport aircraft with an all-metal airframe.

Power out!

Pilot Magazine | Jun 06, 2014

Passing 5,400 feet we heard a muffled pow/blam, had immediate white smoke in the cabin, and a spray pattern of oil on the windscreen. I put out an immediate mayday, and opened the window to clear the smoke.

P&E Ownership: Anatomy of a valve failure

Pilot Magazine | May 14, 2014

New, digital borescopes allow aircraft mechanics to thoroughly inspect the inner workings of piston engines without removing cylinders, but who knows how to interpret the images they see?

Training Tip: Power check

Article | Mar 31, 2014

Do you make it a point to check for full engine power during the busy takeoff phase, with all its multiple tasks?

Hello TBM 900

Pilot Magazine | Mar 12, 2014

The TBM series of turboprop singles has proven a winner in the marketplace, with more than 684 sales since deliveries began in late 1990. Part of the reason for this success has been a pattern of constant design evolution.

Aircraft maintenance: Proper engine preheating

Aircraft Maintenance | Mar 10, 2014

Preheating is about far more than just oil temperature. Proper preheating involves heating the entire engine, so that all critical engine parts can be brought into the ‘safe’ temperature range.

Aircraft maintenance: Myths, realities of engine preheating

Aircraft Maintenance | Feb 27, 2014

The engine heater and a small cabin heater have been keeping the aircraft warm and ready to go for almost two weeks. Heresy, you say? Leaving a preheater on for this long will corrode the engine, you say? Not necessarily.

Roll up your sleeves for spark plug inspections

Aircraft Maintenance | Dec 17, 2013

Roll up your sleeves and get into the how-to of maintaining your aircraft's spark plugs yourself.

Waypoints: A blank, but not ageless canvas

Pilot Magazine | Nov 21, 2013

To those of you who bought new airplanes this year, thank you!

Improve aircraft performance with more power, part 5

Aircraft Maintenance | Nov 04, 2013

Looking for more power? Start by maximizing what you already have, then check into supplemental type certificates.

Classically modern

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

The Beechcraft Bonanza revolutionized the single-engine high-performance category when it hit the market in 1947.

Cylinder-removal AD would increase costs, decrease safety

Article | Aug 12, 2013

A proposed airworthiness directive would order inspection and removal of aftermarket cylinders used on Teledyne-Continental engines in many popular general aviation aircraft.

Not your father's airplane

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Forget everything you know about operating an airplane. Forget about engine management, rough takeoffs and landings, inherent safety risks, and twin-engine operations—oh, and half of the performance charts. The swashbuckling image of the pilot barely surviving as he wrestles the airplane to the ground is gone.

Rotax 912 iS sips fuel, gains converts

Article | Jul 30, 2013

Rotax 912 iS engines are dominating the light sport aircraft marketplace. The company has shipped more than 400 of its fuel-injected, computer-controlled engines in the first year.

Propulsion: Where Do We Go From Here?

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

While general aviation faces numerous challenges, arguably none is bigger than the future of our powerplants. Today, most of us fly behind, next to, or in front of engines designed 70 or more years ago.

Quiz Me: May 17, 2013

Article | May 17, 2013

Question: What is a stoichiometric mixture?

41 ways to save

Article | Apr 28, 2013

Illustration By A.J. Garces Here are some practical ways to lower flying costs gathered from the personal experiences of AOPA staff pilots, and fellow pilots through AOPA Forums and the AOPA Facebook page.

Club Spotlight: Flying a 182 For the Cost of a 172

Article | Apr 01, 2013

The Paramus Flying Club keeps costs down by flying a Cessna 182 retrofitted with a SMA diesel engine.

Mountain Flying

Article | Mar 25, 2013

AOPA's A Pilot's Guide to Mountain Flying Mountain Flying BY THE AOPA AIR SAFETY FOUNDATION Introduction On behalf of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation staff, thank you for your interest in, quite literally, expanding your horizons by learning the techniques of mountain flying. Operations in the rapidly changing weather conditions and the thin air of the high country differ significantly from normal flight operations.