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HondaJet designer recognized for 'pioneering' effort

Article | Sep 20, 2012

Design innovations including an over-wing engine mount have landed HondaJet designer Michimasa Fujino a prestigious award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Print your aircraft? Technology offers new tools

Article | Sep 07, 2012

Aircraft and spacecraft designers are taking advantage of new technology that makes three-dimensional printing a cost-effective option for the fabrication of a wide range of parts. That doesn't mean you can "print" an entire aircraft - yet - but recent advances in this technology may soon drastically reduce the time required to build an airplane at home.

Back to a supersonic future

Article | Apr 26, 2012

When they lower the boom, we may get the word from a general aviation pilot who directs research that is blazing new trails and solving old riddles in aerodynamics.

Meet the artist who designed your certificate

Article | Apr 18, 2012

Every American pilot issued a new certificate since 2004 has the work of FAA graphic designer Bryan Dahlvang in his or her wallet.

High school students rise to design challenge

Article | Mar 13, 2012

The next generation of aircraft designers--high school students equipped with powerful tools--is already pushing the envelope of aircraft design.

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.

Aerocar: Keepers of the car

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2010

This story has been one year in the making, or I should say, unmaking. This is actually more of an excuse to my editor for never writing about the late Molton Taylor’s Aerocar in the fall of 2009.

Going Ballistic

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

Most of us can name an airplane sitting on our ramp right now that incorporates a Ballistic Recovery Systems (BRS) airframe parachute. That’s a tribute to the success that BRS has had in bringing airframe parachutes into the general aviation consciousness—not to mention the host of aftermarket and OEM chute options for everything from ultralights to (someday soon) single-engine jets.

- Oshkosh 2006 Airplane News

Article | Jul 29, 2006

AOPA Online -- Oshkosh 2006 Airplane News Today's Feature Light sport industry on track, except for flight schools Cessna proof-of-concept model Flight Design CT Sky Arrow 600 Sport Evektor Sport Star Sting Sport T211 Thorpedo Far more models have been introduced, 38 light sport models in all, than was expected when the new category of aircraft was created, but flight schools have been slow to incorporate them into their fleets. That's the opinion of one of the top leaders in the sportplane movement, Ron Wagner, who heads the Experimental Aircraft Association sport pilot team, manages the sportplane display at the Oshkosh AirVenture Mall, and manages a national tour each year for sportplane manufacturers to show their aircraft.


Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2005

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines has been reporting on the general aviation industry for 20 years.