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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.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2005

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