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AOPA Insurance offers guidance to pilots, owners

Article | Aug 01, 2013

AOPA Insurance Services representatives have played instrumental roles in EAA AirVenture 2013 panels, offering advice on insurance protection for pilots and aircraft owners and covering topics that include the right level of aircraft coverage and risk management for aircraft.

First Look: Pilatus breaks the mold

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Swiss manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. has announced a new offering to what had been its all-turboprop line of airplanes. The company’s new, single-pilot-certifiable PC–24 will be a twin-engine, 425-knot “super versatile jet,” and “not a me-too product,” in the words of Pilatus Chairman Oscar Schwenk.

Hartzell to sponsor Team AeroDynamix

Article | Aug 01, 2013

Hartzell Propeller has installed its newest composite props on Team AeroDynamix aircraft and will sponsor the 12-airplane formation group for the next five years.

New San Francisco banner-towing ban usurps FAA authority

Article | Aug 01, 2013

A new San Francisco ordinance prohibits using aircraft “to display any sign or advertising device” above the America’s Cup boat races.

Proficient Pilot: Interruption of routine

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Prior to taking off from the dirt “airstrip” serving the Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa, the manager there had requested that I treat the guests to a low pass over the lodge, which was nestled in a ravine near the departure end of the runway. Not one to pass up such an invitation, I enthusiastically agreed.

Quick Look: Gulfstream II

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

The Gulfstream II (G-1159) was developed in the mid-1960s by Grumman Aircraft as a successor to its Gulfstream I twin turboprop, the original purpose-built business airplane. On May 5, 1965, the production go-ahead was given for the $4 million, sweptwing, 19-passenger jet, which was powered by two aft-mounted Rolls-Royce Spey Mk 511-8 turbofans.

Not your father's airplane

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Forget everything you know about operating an airplane. Forget about engine management, rough takeoffs and landings, inherent safety risks, and twin-engine operations—oh, and half of the performance charts. The swashbuckling image of the pilot barely surviving as he wrestles the airplane to the ground is gone.

Truth in animation

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Tucked away in a grove of evergreen trees, the rust-lined fuel truck had fallen into disuse. A visit from Disney filmmakers gave the vehicle new life, in a way, as a star in the animated film Planes.

Will we all be flying diesels?

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Does the rise of the Jet A-burning diesel aircraft engine signal an evolution or a revolution for today’s avgas-powered airplanes? Neither, according to a series of interviews with diesel-engine manufacturers and experts.

Efficiency: Perfect pitch

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Unmanned aircraft and airboats would seem to have little to offer general aviation, but growth in the two industries is spurring advancements in propeller design and other technologies—with positive implications for aircraft owners and pilots.

News and Notes: All in one place

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

The countdown is on: less than three months until AOPA Aviation Summit 2013, October 10 through 12 in Fort Worth, Texas. “The exhibit hall is filling up fast and we are adding new exhibitors daily,” says Liz Tarver, AOPA exhibit sales manager.

Ownership: You are not alone

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Buying piston aircraft by the slice remains a boutique option available in a limited number of locations, although that may change with new players jumping into the market. Some are downright evangelical about leveraging the buying power of many pilots to refresh an aging general aviation fleet with brand-new aircraft, or expanding—dramatically—access to aircraft at the lowest possible cost.

LSA Mall moves indoors, goes virtual

Article | Jul 31, 2013

The LSA Mall at EAA AirVenture has become a virtual exhibit for the 2013 show, displaying holographic aircraft at the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) display in Hangar D.

Two HondaJets visit AirVenture

Article | Jul 30, 2013

For the first time ever a pair of FAA conforming HondaJets flew together at EAA AirVenture on July 29.

Bendix/King announces ADS-B compliant transponder

Article | Jul 29, 2013

Bendix/King's Mode S transponder KT 74, unveiled at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., is compliant with all 1090 ADS-B Out mandates when coupled to an appropriate GPS source, and will enable airplanes to transmit location, altitude, and other information to nearby aircraft and air traffic control.

FAA: 'Innovation' the goal of aircraft certification reform

Article | Jul 26, 2013

On July 26, the FAA released the report by its Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee following the panel's 18-month study.

Aviat Husky is first of its kind

Article | Jul 26, 2013

Could CNG be an avgas alternative? The Aviat Husky with a 200-horsepower Lycoming engine is the first aircraft that can run on avgas or CNG, and the change can be made with the flick of a switch in the cockpit.

Small-airplane revitalization bill soars in House

Article | Jul 17, 2013

The U.S. House has passed an AOPA-backed bill setting a deadline for the FAA to overhaul Part 23 aircraft certification regulations.

Whooping cranes ready for formation training

Article | Jul 17, 2013

A flock of endangered whooping cranes has begun learning to fly in formation with weight-shift-controlled ultralights in Wisconsin, preparing for a fall migration.

New avionics approved for Piper Saratoga

Article | Jul 16, 2013

Avidyne and NexAir Avionics received a supplemental type certificate from the FAA for its integrated flight deck for the Piper Saratoga.

News from HQ

Article | Jul 12, 2013

An interesting letter arrived at AOPA Headquarters earlier this year from a French organization called the Fédération Française Aéronautique.

AOPA Praises House Action On Small Aircraft Revitalization Act

News release | Jul 11, 2013

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) today heralded a significant legislative step toward making general aviation aircraft safer and more affordable as the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure directed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to adopt changes to its Part 23 aircraft certification regulation.

House committee supports small aircraft revitalization bill

Article | Jul 10, 2013

A bill backed by a House committee sets a 2015 deadline for the FAA to revamp small-airplane certification rules.

Airplanes, potato chips: It just takes a taste, school says

Article | Jul 03, 2013

“If you get in that airplane and go up with one of my instructors, you’re going to fly again,” said 5g Aviation CEO Ty Frisby. “It’s like you can’t just eat one potato chip.”