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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bell Helicopter unveils new five-seat model

Article | Jun 20, 2013

Bell Helicopter has unveiled a brand-new five-seater scheduled for a first flight in 2014.

David Clark changes course for comfort

Article | Jun 19, 2013

The latest headset design by David Clark Co. is a significant departure from the clamp, priced and designed to compete with brands known for comfort.

Operation Migration needs aircraft support

Article | Jun 12, 2013

An organization dedicated to teaching new generations of endangered whooping cranes their ancestral migration route needs new aircraft.

New Great Lakes aerobatic biplane unveiled

Article | Jun 06, 2013

Waco Classic Aircraft Corp. officially unveiled the first conforming new production Great Lakes 2T-1A-2, an aerobatic biplane.