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America's Airports: In the Conch Republic

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2008

The week leading up to Christmas is a quiet time in Key West, Florida. “The calm before the storm,” Joshua Pavia calls it.

Never Again Online: Lost dances

Article | Sep 01, 2007

PodcastLost DancesListen to this Never Again Online read by AOPA Senior Editor, Al Marsh.Our adventure began flying low over the watery plains of northern Minnesota. My brother and I were vacationing in his 1958 Cessna 180 on Edo 2700 amphibious floats, with western Washington as our ultimate destination.

High Art

Article | Aug 01, 2007

This is about art. High art.


Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2007

Mark R. Twombly is the AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer at Florida's Fort Myers airport.


Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2007

User-fee debate: Battle brewing One argument that might well be advanced in the user-fee debate is the degradation of air safety ("User-Fee Debate: Battle Brewing," February Pilot). I started flying in the days before flight service and flight plans.

Washing the Bird

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2006

Washing an airplane is nothing like washing a car. You can't just take it to the drive-through and enjoy the thrill of soapy water squirting at your face behind the windshield, big roller brushes thrashing away, and the air dryer sweeping away the beads of water.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2006

Filmmakers chronicles aviation's dark days September 10 slid by with little fanfare, overshadowed by another anniversary more recently burned into the American conscience. The first grounding of civil aircraft did not occur on September 11, 2001; rather, it happened 41 years earlier under the guise of national security.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2006

Winnie Mae's pants A signed wheel pant that went along on Wiley Post's record-making flight around the world in a Lockheed Vega named Winnie Mae has been found in a California woman's basement. Her parents were both aviators and apparently knew Lockheed engineer and mechanic Otto Sanloff, who replaced the wheel pant before the aircraft went to the Smithsonian Institution.

Curtiss-Wright CW-1 Junior

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2006

Waddling and sputtering into our heart The silhouette of a Curtiss-Wright CW-1 Junior is distinctive and unmistakable. It has a petite radial engine perched atop a parasol wing that shades a fuselage resembling the hull of an amphibious flying boat.

Fishing in Canada's Remote Wilderness

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2006

I sit as motionlessly and as quietly as possible as a heavy mist again becomes a steady rain. The gray Canadian sky has grown grayer still as somewhere in the clouds the sun is dropping low on the horizon.