The 2016 Mooney Acclaim Ultra we flew for this report is the first Acclaim Ultra off the production line. It’s equipped with the Garmin G1000 integrated flight deck with dual redundant 10.4-inch displays, dual digital ADAHRS, ADS-B, GFC 700 flight control system and the Mid-Continent self-powered standby instrument. Price as flown: $689,000 Engine: Continental TSIO-550-G more »
Can Pipistrel’s fuel-saving magic translate to a high-performance personal plane?
“Four seats, 200 knots and 1,000 nm.” These were the magic numbers CEO Ivo Boscarol set as a challenge for the collective minds of Pipistrel’s research department one morning in 2007. Faster, farther and−yes−cheaper: a huge challenge for an ultralight manufacturer. It was left to the brilliant Tine Tomazic, a young engineer who was just more »
With the 2020 mandate looming, options abound as time grows short
While GPS navigation transformed general aviation in 1995, all eyes are now on the federal ADS-B mandate that will go into effect January 1, 2020. “ADS-B” is the acronym for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, which is a whole new way of tracking and controlling aircraft using satellites instead of ground-based RADAR. ADS-B is a key component more »
Can an innovative approach to regulations spark a GA renaissance?
We’re on the cusp of a major policy and regulatory shift that will accelerate the adoption of new technologies, from electric propulsion to autonomous vehicle operation, in general aviation, and likely will profoundly affect your flying experience in the future. You can see hints today of what the new approach heralds in the recent appearance more »
With a second door and an entirely new interior feel, the fastest production piston single on the planet feels like a whole new plane
It was a bright early spring day in the Hill Country of central Texas—well, it wasn’t really spring, but in Texas, a nice winter day feels decidedly spring-like. Which is nice when you’re exploring unheated hangars or wide-open expanses of tarmac. In addition to being pleasantly warm, it was bright on the Mooney ramp, too, more »
Fast, slick and certified, CubCrafters XCub is a clean-sheet, next-gen Part 23 taildragger with an attitude and a blue-skies future
Pulling the nose up, the forward visibility still surprisingly good for a tandem taildragger, I put the needle of the airspeed indicator—yes, there’s still a needle—right at best rate of climb, 70 mph—yes, there are still miles per hour, too. Mindful that this is the clean configuration stall speed for a lot of singles, I more »
The Pipistrel Panthera we flew for this report is a factory prototype outfitted with an Experimental Lycoming IO-390 four-cylinder engine of 210 hp. The to-be-certified Panthera will likely be equipped with a six-cylinder 260 hp Lycoming IO-540, so these specifications are only preliminary. SPECIFICATIONS Projected base price: $470,000 Engine: Lycoming IO-390 Seats: 4 Horsepower: 210 more »
Carbon Cub EX-2 SPECIFICATIONS Engine: 180-hp Aerosport Power CC340 Airfoil: Modified USA 35(B) (same as Super Cub) Wing loading: 7.4 lbs./sq.ft. @1,320 lbs; 10.44 lbs./sq. ft. @1,865 lbs. Power loading: 7.33 lbs./hp @ 1,320 lbs; 10.26 lbs./hp @1,865 lbs. Seats: 2 Length: 23 ft. 3 in. Height: 8 ft. 4 in. Wingspan: 34 ft. 3 more »
(click on image for full resolution desktop picture) The Zenith STOL CH750 cruises above ground fog-laden fields near Winter Haven, Fla. The CH750 was designed as a great bushplane for short takeoff and landing (STOL). The all-metal plane also features a spacious cabin and the latest in avionics. Photo Platform: Cessna 210 flown by Bruce more »
A reversible MT Prop gives added flexibility to the Aviat Husky
With only tiny ripples from a small wind gust disturbing the surface of Lake Nokomis, Dave Zawistowski gently pushed the left rudder pedal to the stop as the wavelets lapped against the sides of the Wipaire amphibious floats.