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The future of flight is in the cloud

No worries. Your airplane has this. That’s because your airplane is equipped with the new Honeywell Anthem Integrated Flight Deck, with its always-on, always-ready, cloud-connected internet. Before you get to your car to drive to the airport, your airplane already has the updated flight plan. It will be ready and waiting for you on the […]

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Daytrip to Big Bear Mountain Resort

On a recent perfect Southern California day, flight instructor (and newly hired SkyWest pilot) Mark Cole, AOPA Senior Photographer Chris Rose, and I hopped in a Sling TSi at the Sling Pilot Academy in Torrance, California, with our sights set on a day of snowboarding and skiing at Big Bear Mountain Resort. The drive from […]

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New Cirrus turns heads

The new G6 from Cirrus Aircraft has a long list of new features—but the one that gets by far the most attention, positive and negative, is the color. “Himalayan salt,” was the technically correct answer—although salmon, mauve, or even pink would have been close. Other exterior color options include Corso, Monarch, and Mykonos. (Also known […]

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Airshow performer Jacqueline Warda dies

Warda, a world-renowned aerobatic performer, had been diagnosed with lung cancer just a month before her death, according to a friend of Warda. Warda’s mission was to share her love of aviation with all she could. The performer told the Southwest Section of The Ninety-Nines, “Our real job is to educate and share our passion […]

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AOPA defends Virginia’s aircraft maintenance sales tax exemption

AOPA was a key component in getting the bill passed in 2017, testifying in favor of the measure and the benefits it would bring to the state. AOPA argued that the tax incentive would lower costs for pilots, stimulate competition, and boost the local economy. According to the Virginia Department of Aviation Economic Impact report, […]

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New AD proposed for certain Cessna 120 and 140 models

Affected aircraft will include Textron Aviation Inc. (type certificate previously held by Cessna Aircraft Co.) Model 120 and 140 airplanes, serial numbers 10070 through 15075, and all model 140A airplanes. The proposed AD requires determining if the seat belt center bracket material is made of steel and replacing any non-steel brackets. The FAA estimates 2,033 […]

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New AD proposed for certain Textron 120 and 140 models

Affected aircraft will include Textron Aviation Inc. (type certificate previously held by Cessna Aircraft Co.) Model 120 and 140 airplanes, serial numbers 10070 through 15075, and all model 140A airplanes. The proposed AD requires determining if the seat belt center bracket material is made of steel and replacing any non-steel brackets. The FAA estimates 2,033 […]

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Enstrom closes up shop

Makers of the F–28 and 280 Shark piston models and 480 turbine single-engine model, Enstrom has produced more than 1,300 helicopters since its humble beginnings in founder Rudy Enstrom’s garage in the late 1950s. In recent years the bulk of sales were to foreign military and public safety outfits pleased with the predictable flight characteristics, […]

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Maryland flying club commemorates fiftieth anniversary

“We all have a strong sense of duty to the organization, making sure that it is well-run with members that are really committed to the principles of why we formed it in the first place,” said Scot Shealer, who has been a member of the club since 1999, and its secretary-treasurer for 20 years. The […]

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Aviation mourns Hedrick, avionics innovator

January 26, 2022 By Jim Moore Geoffrey Hedrick, the founder, chairman, and CEO of Innovative Solutions and Support Inc., died January 12 after a sudden illness, according to colleagues. He held nearly 100 patents and continued a family legacy of innovation. Hedrick’s death was announced by the company he founded and led until his death […]

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