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Flight made simple

Article | Nov 21, 2014

Among the very first lessons a pilot learns is that a control yoke is not a steering wheel. Research underway in Europe could change that.

Shape-shifting flap takes flight

Article | Nov 17, 2014

Wing flaps that can bend and twist instead of extending and retracting have passed initial flight tests and continue to show significant promise

Solar switch: Pioneer shifts to future without pilots

Article | Nov 06, 2014

A tri-motor aircraft with the sun as its energy source, Sunstar represents a bit of a departure for Solar Flight. After 30 years of building and innovation, Eric Raymond said it is time to shift the vision, and remove the pilot from the equation.

Gulfstream intros new G500, G600

Article | Oct 15, 2014

Gulfstream Aerospace has just added two more long-range, wide-cabin airplanes to its line of business jets: the G500 and G600.

HondaJet creator honored

Article | Aug 25, 2014

HondaJet designer (and Honda Aircraft Co. CEO) Michimasa Fujino is being honored by fellow engineers for his innovation.

In-flight Charger

Article | Jul 28, 2014

Chip Yates, who set five electric aircraft world records in 2012, now aims to cross the Atlantic on battery power.

MVP Aero developing light sport amphib

Article | Jul 27, 2014

MVP Aero is developing a $189,000 light sport amphibious seaplane that doubles as a camper and is expected to fly in 18 months, with deliveries in 2017.

'Smart' quadcopters

Article | Jul 09, 2014

Researchers at the University of Sheffield in England are designing autonomous flying machines that think for themselves, and learn as they go.

Production HondaJet takes flight

Article | Jun 30, 2014

The first production HondaJet logged an 84-minute flight June 27, marking another milestone toward first deliveries in 2015.

Swearingen mourned

Article | May 22, 2014

Edward Swearingen, an aircraft designer who made a lasting mark on aviation, died May 15.

Supersonic jet concept supersized

Article | May 21, 2014

Aerion Corp., a Nevada firm working to bring a supersonic business jet to market, announced a shift to a larger prototype based on market research.

HondaJet progresses

Article | May 20, 2014

Honda Aircraft Co. reported the new HondaJet remains on track for delivery in 2015, with a new color option unveiled in Geneva.

Second launch: Swearingen design gets update

Article | May 07, 2014

The Utah firm that purchased the SJ30 type certificate in 2011 has broken ground on the first phase of a planned factory.

Racing to a safer cockpit

Article | Apr 24, 2014

Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.

Collier Trophy awarded for carrier-based unmanned system

Article | Apr 15, 2014

The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the Collier Trophy for “the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier.”

XtremeAir ready for demos

Article | Apr 10, 2014

A Florida flight school dove into airplane dealership when the opportunity to handle a new and aerobatic star came along last fall.

Around the world on zero fuel

Article | Apr 09, 2014

Solar Impulse 2, an updated and larger version of the groundbreaking aircraft that has captured imagination and support around the world, was unveiled April 9.

Diesel Archer approved in Europe

Article | Apr 09, 2014

Piper and Continental have teamed to produce a diesel-powered Archer designed for the international flight training market. The first Archer DX has been flying in Germany since February.

Testing slow flight limits

Article | Feb 21, 2014

A research effort under way in Europe aims to make airlines slower, at least on approach and landing.

Gulfstream jet to test wing ‘morphing’

Article | Jan 16, 2014

Wing “morphing” may be emerging as an alternative approach that would replace jointed control surfaces on aircraft with seamless, deformable surfaces.

Six 'pioneers' to join aviation hall of fame

Article | Dec 17, 2013

Six aviation trail-blazers including the first female U.S. jet airline captain, an Apollo astronaut, an air racer, a record-setting test pilot, and a pair of brothers renowned for aircraft design innovation will be enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2014.

Young blood

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

At 7 o’clock on a June morning—an hour when many teenagers on summer vacation still would be asleep—eight high school students form an attentive group around a Glasair Aviation employee.

Another LSA claims spin-resistance

Article | Aug 29, 2013

Canadian light sport aircraft maker claims spin resistance, but questions remain.