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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.”

Lam Aviation announces demonstrated performance gains

Article | Jul 01, 2013

A new aileron design trims wing size and boosts performance in every category, Lam Aviation announced June 25.

Cessna TTx enters GA fleet

Article | Jul 01, 2013

The Cessna TTx is a piston speedster bearing a closer resemblance to a fighter than a business flier, as AOPA Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines noted. Cessna announced July 1 that the first production TTx aircraft were delivered at the end of June.

Mentor Matters: Runway analysis

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

In a previous article, I discussed the fallacy that jet aircraft may not legally depart IFR unless able to maintain any specified departure procedure (DP) climb gradient following the loss of an engine. While many pilots widely believe this true, the AIM is clear in stating that DPs assume normal aircraft performance with all engines operating.

Pilot Briefing: New York to Tokyo in two hours

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

If Richard Lugg has his way, the next generation of supersonic civilian aircraft will shoot through the sky powered by engines that turn out a massive electrical charge, much of it converted into thrust with megawatts left over to silence the sonic boom.

AOPA Foundations Air Safety Institute Offers New Online Flight Instructor Refresher Course

Article | Jul 01, 2013

The Air Safety Institute (ASI), a division of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation, announced today that it has launched a new online Flight Instructor Refresher Course (eFIRC), making it easier and more convenient for instructors to renew their certificates.

Never Again: Unseen storm

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

In January 1998, as I prepared for my second legislative session as a New Mexico state representative, my wife Cynthia asked me to fly her to Arkansas to visit our daughter. The weather briefer reported a fast-moving cold front that might necessitate an instrument approach.

Propulsion: Where Do We Go From Here?

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

While general aviation faces numerous challenges, arguably none is bigger than the future of our powerplants. Today, most of us fly behind, next to, or in front of engines designed 70 or more years ago.

Clean Sweep

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

Of all the aftermarket-modification specialists available to turbine operators, James D. Raisbeck must certainly stand out as one of the most prolific. Raisbeck, CEO of Raisbeck Engineering of Seattle, Washington, started his company in the 1970s by developing performance-enhancing wing and flap modifications to the Learjets 35 and 36. By 1982 he was eyeing Beechcraft’s King Air line of twin turboprops.

Aircraft Spruce: Pick up your orders at Oshkosh

Article | Jul 01, 2013

Aircraft Spruce customers going to EAA AirVenture can order merchandise online and pick it up at the show.

Ownership: Opening the rental skies

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

You're vacationing in a sunny place--let's say the Florida Keys--and you can't help but dream about how nice it would be to fly along the coast. But you have no airplane on this trip, and your schedule doesn't really allow for the half-day it likely would take to get checked out at the local FBO.

Proficient Pilot: Another nail in the coffin

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

Thirty-two years ago I wrote a feature article titled, "Death of an Airport" (August 1981 "AOPA Pilot"). It described how the city council of Santa Monica, California, had been conducting a war of attrition against aviation users in an unveiled attempt to close one of the oldest airports in the country.

Electric aircraft poised to reach market

Article | Jun 27, 2013

A Chinese-made electric motor will power what GreenWing International hopes will be the first all-electric production kit to hit the market.