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Pilots, business leaders gather in Wyoming

Article | Jun 29, 2015

Some 150 members of the Aviation Network of the Young Presidents’ Organization met for the second year in a row at Wyoming’s scenic Alpine Airport for three days of seminars, networking, recreation, and, of course, flying.

Drones edge into NAS: 'Sense and avoid' tech tested

Article | Jun 24, 2015

NASA continues to test technology giving large drones capability to detect and avoid other aircraft, and invites pilots to join a meeting of minds.

Pure joy

Article | Jun 17, 2015

Raphaël Langumier suspected his 4-year-old daughter Léa would enjoy aerobatics, though her reaction–captured on a video that instantly went viral–exceeded his expectations.

EPS building and hiring

Article | Jun 09, 2015

Engineered Propulsion Systems is moving forward toward the goal of bringing the first clean-sheet diesel aviation engine to market.

Carter seeks factory

Article | May 21, 2015

After years of development, Jay Carter’s remarkable flying machine is being marketed to aerospace manufacturers.

Pilatus PC-24 makes first flight

Article | May 12, 2015

The Pilatus PC-24 jet flew for the first time May 11 in Switzerland for nearly an hour.

Icon A5 nears delivery

Article | May 11, 2015

Icon Aircraft announced May 7 the successful test flight of the first customer A5 aircraft, with delivery expected to follow this summer.

Morphing wing passes test

Article | May 04, 2015

Control surfaces designed to flex in flight have aerodynamic advantages demonstrated by collaboration between NASA, the U.S. Air Force, and a Michigan company.

‘Like you’re flying a Thunderbirds solo act’

Article | Apr 30, 2015

With a single seat, an 18-foot wingspan, a stall speed of less than 60 mph, and a top speed of close to 300 mph, the SubSonex JSX-2 challenges one’s expectations of how a jet aircraft should look and act.

Flight Design C4 flies

Article | Apr 14, 2015

Flight Design’s four-place C4 completed its maiden flight April 9, with no surprises.

Fuel leaks prompt FAA fine

Article | Apr 13, 2015

The FAA has proposed a $430,000 fine against Textron Aviation subsidiary Beechcraft after fuel leaks were found in 43 Barons delivered between January 2012 and November 2013.

Test pilot leads Textron pistons

Article | Apr 08, 2015

Doug May, named Textron Aviation's piston airplane chief April 3, said, “I consider myself one of those passionate aviation enthusiasts.” May spoke to AOPA about his plans for the future.

SuperSTOL stretched

Article | Apr 01, 2015

Just Aircraft has stretched the SuperSTOL, giving the backcountry-capable kitplane a longer fuselage that allows for larger engines.

NASA to fly Tecnam twin in research project

Article | Mar 23, 2015

A modified Tecnam P2006T twin-engine airplane has been chosen to move NASA's Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology project from ground runs to flight testing.

Solar Impulse nears departure

Article | Mar 03, 2015

Crews prepared Solar Impulse 2, the gossamer aircraft powered by the sun and designed to inspire, for a hoped-for March 7 departure from Abu Dhabi.

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.

New school, familiar faces

Article | Dec 30, 2014

Mojave Airport in California has long been an epicenter of unusual attitudes and flight envelopes pushed. Now, it is more so.

A look back at the top stories of 2014

Article | Dec 30, 2014

A tall (but true) tale of a rare aircraft find in Texas, progress on third class medical reform, amazing aviation videos, pilot saves, new aircraft from Mooney, and one pilot’s surprise of a lifetime topped the most-read stories of 2014.

Top tech of 2014

Article | Dec 29, 2014

From laser guns to laser defenses, twisting wings and cameras that capture a propeller in action, 2014 was a busy year on the cutting edge.

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.

Diesels on the cusp

Article | Dec 23, 2014

After years of waiting, 2015 may prove to be a very important year in the development of compression-ignition (diesel) aircraft engines.

Hoover wins aviation's top prize

Article | Dec 15, 2014

After 70 years of achievements in aviation, the industry honored Robert A. “Bob” Hoover with its top award, the NAA Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy.

Second Vision jet flown

Article | Dec 01, 2014

Cirrus Aircraft has completed and flown two of the three SF50 Vision jets needed for flight testing and certification in 2015.