General Aviation

News and issues concerning general aviation, specifically airplanes and helicopters powered by piston and alternative engines (i.e., non-turbine powered aircraft). Subjects include aircraft, engines, personnel, acquisitions, accidents, safety, security and training.

August 6, 2008 - 6:53am

No offense intended to its participants, but aviation progress by the 1980s had become rather mundane by comparison with the incessant leaps and bounds of previous decades. Maybe it was a matter of butting up against the realities of aviation’s maturity, or maybe it was simply a product of the funk enveloping the west at the start of the 1980s.

August 6, 2008 - 6:30am

Pilots who apply for a new certificate to replace one that has been damaged or lost, or who require a new certificate because of added ratings or endorsements, will receive a pleasant surprise. The FAA has started to issue redesigned credit-card-size certificates that are more professional looking documents and made from composite PVC media card stock instead of paper.

August 4, 2008 - 7:27am

The decades that preceded the 1970s were propelled by a lust for technological progress measured in speed, altitude and range. The 1970s marked a sea change for aviation, brought on largely by the rude realization that cheap and freely available
fuel could no longer be taken for granted. The commercial mission, which continues to this day, then became that of transporting ever more people on the least amount
of fuel.

July 28, 2008 - 12:19pm

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) said its efforts to reopen Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to on-demand air charter flights are beginning to show signs of success.

July 28, 2008 - 12:03pm

It will probably not have escaped the attention of American readers of this column over the past six months that much of the history of aviation during the first half of the 20th century was written by the French, British and Germans. America took the first step when Orville and Wilbur Wright flew their Flyer on Dec.

July 28, 2008 - 11:43am

A new online training program designed to help pilots navigate safely and legally through the ever-shifting airspace regulatory maze has been introduced by AOPA’s Air Safety Foundation. Know Before You Go, Navigating Today’s Airspace is a free, interactive program that delves into how to get and interpret information on TFRs, ADIZs, FRZs and Special FAR 94 around Washington, D.C.

July 15, 2008 - 10:07am

Hartzell Propeller is now offering a three-bladed Top Prop propeller for the new Beechcraft Bonanza G36 piston single and all F33A, V35B, A36 and G36 Bonanzas powered by the factory original TCM IO-520 and IO-550 engines, including aircraft equipped with 28-volt electrothermal propeller de-ice systems.

July 14, 2008 - 3:22am

The University of North Dakota placed an order with Cessna for 25 Skyhawks, marking a return of the model to the school’s flight program. The first four airplanes were delivered to UND Aerospace, the university’s aviation department, during a ceremony on July 10 at Cessna’s manufacturing plant in Independence, Kansas.

July 1, 2008 - 11:55am

Phil Boyer, the former broadcast executive who guided AOPA through some of its most turbulent times, announced yesterday that he will step down as AOPA president at the end of this year. He will be succeeded by Craig Fuller, a former White House aide under two presidents and currently executive v-p at the international lobbying shop APCO Worldwide.

June 26, 2008 - 12:07pm

NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) have denounced a report on private jet travel and the general aviation industry issued by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and Essential Action (EA), two left-leaning Washington think tanks. In short, the report echoes the airline industry’s claim that GA does not pay its fair share of ATC costs and is the cause of airport congestion.

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