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Rotax continues contest

Article | Feb 09, 2015

Rotax BRP is again offering a new 912 iS Sport to the first flight school that gets one to 2,000 hours time between overhauls.

Cub effect

Pilot Magazine | Feb 03, 2015

It was my first flight in N1352C, a Piper PA–18 Super Cub that remains one of my great aviation loves.

Testing of Diamond turboprop in progress

Article | Jan 22, 2015

A seven-passenger single-engine turboprop aircraft has taken its first flight in Austria with a certification goal of late 2016.

‘Seattle II’ to retrace 1924 epic flight

Article | Jan 22, 2015

It has an engine from the Golden Age of Aviation, an open cockpit, and a long-range cruise speed of about 90 mph. For the Seattle II, a Douglas World Cruiser reproduction, a brief first flight in December started a new chapter in a Seattle couple’s quest to fly it around the world in 2016.

Nextant turboprop has successful test flight

Article | Jan 20, 2015

Nextant Aerospace said its G90XT turboprop project was “on schedule for certification” in 2015 after a successful first test flight of the aircraft.

Endurance profile

Article | Jan 16, 2015

For one Maine pilot, the opportunity to be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the University of Maine's University Flying Club offered a trip down memory lane and a sense of reassurance as to aviation's future.

10 jet pilot errors

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

After thousands of hours of instruction given to new jet pilots, certain patterns in errors and knowledge gaps become apparent.

Cirrus completes fleet

Article | Dec 23, 2014

Cirrus Aircraft celebrated the successful first flight on Dec. 20 of its third conforming SF50 Vision personal jet.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Dec 05, 2014

A fundraising campaign is under way to build what was considered the Concorde of its time, the Handley Page H.P.42 25-passenger biplane.

Bearhawk shows quick-build LSA

Article | Aug 13, 2014

Bearhawk Aircraft owner Mark Goldberg flew the company’s first quick-build light sport kitplane to EAA AirVenture, a 9.7-hour journey from Texas.

HondaJet brings first production aircraft to AirVenture

Article | Jul 28, 2014

The first production HondaJet made its public debut at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on July 28.

August 2014 Historical Firsts

Article | Jul 24, 2014

• Aug. 1, 1976 — Don Taylor of California takes off to circumnavigate the world (Oshkosh, Wis. eastbound to Oshkosh, Wis.) in his Thorp T-18. Completing the flight on Oct. 1, he becomes the first aviator to do so in a homebuilt aircraft.

Initial tests completed on 'personal jet' kitplane

Article | Jul 16, 2014

Experimental kit aircraft maker Sonex announced completing “a very successful series of initial flight tests” of the SubSonex JSX-2 personal jet.

Around-the-world solar airplane passes first flight test

Article | Jun 04, 2014

A solar-powered around-the-world flight seemed a bit closer to reality after the aircraft designed for the mission completed a first flight test on June 2.

Rutan flies new diesel

Article | May 15, 2014

Dick Rutan powered up the new Graflight V-8 diesel on May 5 and flew a mission with potential to change the paradigm.

Electric April

Article | May 01, 2014

Two-seat solar and battery-powered prototypes were announced, and the "rock stars" of electric research and development gathered in California, marking significant progress in electric aviation.

Flying Musicians to help celebrate Wilbur Wright's birthday

Article | Apr 04, 2014

The Flying Musicians are throwing Wilbur Wright a birthday party on April 16, and everyone is invited.

Goodyear unveils new airship

Article | Mar 20, 2014

Goodyear has unveiled its newest airship—or blimp, if you’re not too technical about it.

Historical Firsts in April

Article | Mar 12, 2014

Historical Firsts in April

Tails of awesome: Teen plans around-the-world flight

Article | Jan 30, 2014

Ever since Logan Gray can remember, he’s watched airplanes fly over his home.

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.

Basics of the Robinson R22

Rotorcraft Rookie | Nov 20, 2013

The Robinson R22 is a fun and unique helicopter that is perfectly suited to training.