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Epic E1000 takes flight

Article | Dec 28, 2015

Epic Aircraft of Bend, Oregon, marked a milestone toward certification of its E1000 turboprop with a Dec. 19 flight.

Perlan 2 glider begins test flights

Article | Dec 16, 2015

The Airbus Perlan Mission II team recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Minden-Tahoe Airport in Nevada to open flight testing in preparation to fly the glider to an unprecedented 90,000 feet next summer.

Windecker Eagle returns to the air

Article | Dec 14, 2015

Windecker Eagle N4198G, designed and flown in the 1960s then banished to the hangar 31 years ago, has returned to the skies following restoration.

Eighteen rotors, pilot optional

Article | Dec 07, 2015

The fact that the company CEO flew a prototype test with no prior experience was not the only unusual thing about the Volocopter VC200.

Fly like a fighter: Maintenance flight checks

Fly like a fighter | Dec 04, 2015

Retired U.S. Air Force pilot Larry Brown explains how general aviation pilots can borrow some practices from the Air Force's maintenance program to enhance safety.

Terrafugia takes unmanned turn

Article | Dec 02, 2015

Terrafugia, the Boston-area startup working to build flying cars (or “roadable aircraft”) will soon fly an unmanned version of its latest design.

Rutan SkiGull makes maiden flight

Article | Nov 30, 2015

Like most maiden flights of a brand-new design, Burt Rutan’s SkiGull test flight produced a to-do list, but was a success overall.

Cobalt Aircraft restarts sales efforts

Article | Nov 12, 2015

Cobalt Aircraft has tried to launch a four-to-five-passenger canard aircraft for a decade and is now taking pre-orders for a certified version in California, but will need $30 million to complete certification.

In-flight simulator could save training costs

Article | Oct 05, 2015

A California company headed by a former U.S. Navy pilot has developed a helmet-mounted simulator that can be worn in flight.

New diesel engine gets first run

Article | Sep 24, 2015

Engineered Propulsion Systems started a new Graflight V-8 on a test stand near its New Richmond development facility on Sept. 20.

Test flight successful for 'edge of space' sailplane

Article | Sep 23, 2015

A pressurized glider designed to become the highest-flying winged aircraft ever has accomplished a successful first test flight from Roberts Field in Redmond, Oregon.

A slow march to supersonic

Article | Aug 25, 2015

A dozen years after Concorde’s final commercial flight, civilians are still waiting for the return of supersonic speed.

'Feathered Edge' delights Aviation Day audience

Article | Aug 20, 2015

Filmmaker Kim Furst received three ovations from Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and fellow aviators for her film, Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project, during a National Aviation Day showing of the movie in the U.S. Capitol.

Celebrate 2015 National Aviation Day

Article | Aug 18, 2015

Aviators can help celebrate National Aviation Day Aug. 19 by flying to favorite destinations, introducing friends to flying, or attending discounted U.S. aviation events.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Aug 07, 2015

AOPA Pilot magazine's Test Pilot section

The flying toothbrush

Article | Jul 22, 2015

Canadian pilot Raphaël Langumier’s 4-year-old daughter took a shine to aerobatics. Now, Léa wanted to know, how does a toothbrush float in outer space?

Snoopy’s fantasy comes true

Article | Jul 08, 2015

A former U.S. Air Force test pilot and owner of a promotional company has built a flying replica of Snoopy atop his doghouse.

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.