New technology is bringing older airplanes back to life and into the reach of a lot more pilots
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote my first check to my finance company for my not-so-new Cessna 182. The airplane, a 1964 G-model, is exactly the kind of plane that’s today benefiting from a revolution in aircraft electronics, with the FAA enthusiastically working to bring new avionics into the cockpits of light, relatively inexpensive planes, more »
How the world’s most popular utility plane is better than ever
I won’t make any bones about it. We were getting our butts kicked as we climbed out on what seemed as though it should be an ideal early spring afternoon. The conditions were CAVU, dry air and severe clear blue skies cradling the green and rolling Hill Country of Central Texas as we headed slightly more »
It might look the same, but it’s better in a hundred ways
There’s a new G1000 in town, G1000 NXi. And while the name might imply a minor upgrade to the legendary flat-panel system, nothing could be further from the truth. NXi is a new ballgame. Since its introduction a decade ago in the Cessna Citation Mustang and Skyhawk, Garmin’s seminal flat-panel avionics suite has become the more »
The airplane that briefly became the Piper Sport becomes itself again. Five reasons why that’s a very good thing.
Introduced just over a decade ago, the Czech Sport Aircraft Sport Cruiser is one of the most popular Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) on the market. With more than 600 operating worldwide and more than 300 in the United States alone, the two-seater continues to impress pilots and to get better. I’d heard good things about more »
The airplane we flew for our report was the first production Skylane NXi. It was outfitted with the Garmin G1000 NXi flat-panel avionics suite with dual color displays, Garmin GFC700 integrated autopilot, dual ADAHRS, standard ADS-B In and Out, enhanced digital HSI, Vertical Situation Display, Visual Approach, Surface Watch ground operations utility and Sirius XM Weather. more »
The first hybrid propulsion experiments have already taken flight, and capabilities are scaling up rapidly
My father’s dreams of flight were powered by avgas. Lots and lots of it. For his generation, big, radial Wright Cyclone engines and Rolls-Royce Merlin V-12s were the ticket skyward—transforming about 100 gallons an hour into 300 knots or more of speed and an instantly recognizable percussion that those in any nearby zip codes would more »
Will battery-powered planes democratize aerobatics? Sure looks like it.
Raron, Switzerland: This little Alpine village, also the final resting place of the celebrated poet Rainer Maria Rilke, is tucked away in the Canton of Valais. Here, you can almost hear him polishing his lines: “To write a single verse, you must first see many towns, people and things; you need to know the animals, more »
From amphibians to trainers, there's an LSA for everyone.
Since the debut of the Light Sport category more than a decade ago, the segment has grown into one that has proven its promise of opening up manufacturing to many, many more companies by the common-sense easing of certification standards for light and modest-performing models. The real surprise to many has been the incredible variety more »
Base Price: $75,000 (depends on builder choices) Seats: 2 Main Construction: Metal Engine/Hp: Variable/80 -140 hp; Specs for Continental O-200-A/100 hp Propeller: Variable with engine selection Avionics: Dynon SkyView Top Cruise Speed: 87 kts Stall, Landing Configurations: 30 kts Maximum Range: 383 nm (no reserve) Maximum Takeoff Weight: 1,320 lbs. Payload: 401 lbs. (full fuel) more »