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Command performance

An online video service launched to give enthusiasts an aerobatic ride-along from multiple camera perspectives is expanding into a more interactive experience.

Feb 18, 2015 | comments

Video

Proposed small drone rules

FAA proposes rules to regulate commercial use of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (drones) weighing less than 55 pounds.

Feb 17, 2015

Advocacy

Proposed rule sets limits on small UAS

The FAA has announced a proposed rule governing the use of commercial small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that would address many of AOPA's concerns, including setting certification requirements for operators and requiring see-and-avoid capabilities.

Feb 15, 2015 | comments
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Aerodynamics

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Top tech of 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.

Dec 29, 2014 | comments

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Shape-shifting flap takes flight

Wing flaps that can bend and twist instead of extending and retracting have passed initial flight tests and continue to show significant promise

Nov 17, 2014 | comments

Article

Acting NTSB chief says automation affects professionalism

Does automation lead to a lack of professionalism? The acting NTSB chief thinks it does, and calls for a new approach to the man-machine interface.

Oct 21, 2014 | comments
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Aircraft Design

Advocacy

AOPA supports LSA status for road-worthy airplane

AOPA is asking the FAA to grant weight and stall-speed exemptions needed to certify the Terrafugia Transition as a light sport aircraft.

Jan 20, 2015 | comments

Article

Sky Commuter prototype reappears, in an auction

A prototype of a 1990 flying car called the Sky Commuter has reappeared in an auction in Arizona.

Jan 14, 2015

Article

Top tech of 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.

Dec 29, 2014 | comments
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First Flight

Pilot Magazine

Cub effect

It was my first flight in N1352C, a Piper PA–18 Super Cub that remains one of my great aviation loves.

Feb 03, 2015

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‘Seattle II’ to retrace 1924 epic flight

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.

Jan 22, 2015 | comments

Article

Cirrus completes fleet

Cirrus Aircraft celebrated the successful first flight on Dec. 20 of its third conforming SF50 Vision personal jet.

Dec 23, 2014
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New Aircraft

Advocacy

AOPA supports LSA status for road-worthy airplane

AOPA is asking the FAA to grant weight and stall-speed exemptions needed to certify the Terrafugia Transition as a light sport aircraft.

Jan 20, 2015 | comments

Article

Learjet 85 program stalls

Bombardier Inc. shares tumbled following an announcement that the company would ‘pause’ the Learjet 85 program, lay off 1,000 workers, and write off $1.4 billion.

Jan 16, 2015

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Daher-Socata spearheads E-Fan project

Daher-Socata has signed a contract with Airbus Group’s VoltAir subsidiary to design, develop, and certify the electrically powered E-Fan 2.0 aircraft.

Dec 15, 2014
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R and D

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Route set for Solar Impulse 2 round-the-world flight

Twelve years of study, research, design, and testing will culminate in late February or early March when Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) launches on a solar-powered attempt to circumnavigate the world.

Jan 22, 2015 | comments

Article

Top tech of 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.

Dec 29, 2014 | comments

Article

Diesels on the cusp

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

Dec 23, 2014 | comments
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Test Flight

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Testing of Diamond turboprop in progress

A seven-passenger single-engine turboprop aircraft has taken its first flight in Austria with a certification goal of late 2016.

Jan 22, 2015 | comments

Article

‘Seattle II’ to retrace 1924 epic flight

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.

Jan 22, 2015 | comments

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Nextant turboprop has successful test flight

Nextant Aerospace said its G90XT turboprop project was “on schedule for certification” in 2015 after a successful first test flight of the aircraft.

Jan 20, 2015 | comments
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