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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.

Cirrus jet flies for certification

Article | Mar 25, 2014

The Cirrus Vision SF50 jet marked a major step toward first delivery with the first certification flight on March 24.

Daher-Socata intros TBM 900

Article | Mar 12, 2014

The newest TBM does 330 knots and goes 1,730 nautical miles--and it's in production now.

Eclipse 550 gains approvals

Article | Feb 20, 2014

The Eclipse 550 is the first light jet equipped with autothrottles, and the FAA has also approved anti-skid brakes.

Epic hiring

Article | Jan 31, 2014

Epic Aircraft is hiring more than two dozen new employees to support certification of the factory-built version of its high-performance turboprop.

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.

New amphibian born of frustration

Article | Jan 08, 2014

Many pilots have been frustrated in their search for an aircraft that perfectly suits their particular mission. Very few do what John Meekins did: start from scratch.

Textron to buy Beechcraft

Article | Dec 20, 2013

Cessna Aircraft owner Textron will buy Beechcraft for $1.4 billion in a major consolidation of U.S. general aviation manufacturers, multiple news outlets reported Dec. 20.

Can airshows come back?

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Airshows in the United States have endured many setbacks in their long history, but no single season has brought as much adversity as 2013.

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.

Factory trike awaits FAA approval

Article | Dec 16, 2013

Flight testing of a factory version of the Quicksilver Sport 2S, the first of two models with factory-built versions planned, is complete.

Aviation Legends: Walter Extra

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

For 25 years, German aircraft designer and former aerobatic competitor Walter Extra has created a unique combination of unmatched style, performance, refinement, and reliability.

New law gives GA reason to be thankful

Advocacy | Nov 27, 2013

Just as many were headed out of Washington, D.C., to begin the Thanksgiving holiday, the general aviation community found one more reason to be thankful as the long-awaited Small Airplane Revitalization Act became law.

New Red Tails monument honors subset of Tuskegee Airmen

Article | Nov 25, 2013

A monument to the Red Tail pilots was three years in the making.

Milestones: The PT6 at 50

Pilot Magazine | Nov 20, 2013

Fifty years ago this month, Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) developed the first production units of its legendary PT6 series of turboprop engines.

Aircraft certification bill to reduce cost of flying

Article | Nov 14, 2013

Congress on Nov. 14 gave final approval to a bill that requires the FAA to streamline the certification methods for smaller general aviation aircraft, advancing an initiative that should reduce the cost of upgrading existing aircraft and bringing new aircraft to market.

Maryland airport to stay open under new owner

Article | Nov 12, 2013

A real-estate investment enterprise that acquires properties in "depressed markets around the world" is the new owner of the Cecil County, Md., airport, and plans to keep it in operation.

Swift Fuels gains ASTM approval

Article | Nov 11, 2013

An Indiana company has secured ASTM approval for a high-octane and unleaded formula that could replace 100 LL.

Synergy Air RV-12s: Focus shifts to deliveries

Article | Nov 11, 2013

Synergy Air is building another dozen RV-12s in the S-LSA category.

JA Aero Club's creation inspired by AOPA research

Article | Nov 05, 2013

The Sugar Grove, Ill.-based JA Aero Club was created in part because of AOPA's 2012 research on flying clubs.

Cessna Citation X speed confirmed

Article | Nov 04, 2013

Cessna has reclaimed the distinction of producing the fastest civilian aircraft, with a top speed of Mach 0.935 confirmed in certification flight tests.

Classic in the making

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

It happens at 125 miles per hour. That’s the speed at which the sound of the rushing wind drowns out the growl of the Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer’s 180-horsepower engine.