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Seeing the light

Article | Apr 10, 2014

After becoming a charter member of AOPA, Bill Bailey utilized general aviation to build a successfull lighting business, flying to make sales calls and solve problems. Today he is one of only a dozen charter members still on the AOPA membership rolls.

75 Years: The first to sign up

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

Seventy-five years after its founding in May 1939, a dozen charter members remain active on AOPA’s membership rolls

Craftsmanship: Where Wacos take wing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 11, 2014

There’s nothing about the two-story brick building in the small central Pennsylvania town of Emigsville to suggest that the two master craftsmen inside create some of the world’s finest vintage biplanes.

Rare Aircraft acquires Stearman inventory

Article | Mar 07, 2014

In a major deal between two of the best-known U.S. antique aircraft firms, Rare Aircraft has purchased a huge inventory of Stearman parts from Air Repair and will begin producing as-new Golden Age biplanes.

Craftsmanship: Rare find

Pilot Magazine | Jan 24, 2014

Pilots find breathtaking beauty in the curve of a propeller, the shape of a wing, even the thoughtful interface of a piece of avionics.

Can airshows come back?

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Airshows in the United States have endured many setbacks in their long history, but no single season has brought as much adversity as 2013.

AOPA Foundation auctions aviation items

Article | Nov 14, 2013

A flight in a P-51 D Mustang, an unusual attitude course, and your airplane in the pages of AOPA Pilot magazine are among the items up for bid in the AOPA Foundation's annual online auction.

Classic in the making

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

It happens at 125 miles per hour. That’s the speed at which the sound of the rushing wind drowns out the growl of the Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer’s 180-horsepower engine.

Remembering aviation great Fred Cabanas

Article | Jan 16, 2013

A mischievous smile, boundless enthusiasm, and a “type-A-plus character” made Fred Cabanas the kind of person those who met him never forget. Cabanas died Jan. 15 in Cozumel, Mexico, when the aircraft he was flying while giving a ride to a TV personality crashed. The passenger also was killed in the accident.

Dracula prepares for Franklin's Flying Circus debut

Article | Jan 03, 2013

After nine long years of work, Kyle Franklin of Franklin’s Flying Circus is unveiling a new aircraft in the fleet, a Demon-1 Biplane named Dracula, just in time for the 2013 airshow season. Franklin finished building Dracula and started the engine on Nov. 16.

Three vintage aircraft, Mooney move on in challenge

Article | Mar 21, 2012

Just like a certain other basketball bracket challenge, as teams - or in our case, aircraft - are eliminated, what is left in AOPA's Favorite Aircraft Challenge are some stellar matchups. Let's wrap up more second round contests, and try to determine which aircraft in the East Region will make it past the third round.

Which 'Challenge' aircraft will move to Round Three?

Article | Mar 19, 2012

Voting is reaching madness levels as pilots choose their second round choices in AOPA's Favorite Aircraft Challenge. Let's begin with some prognostications for the remaining three regionals scheduled this week.

Favorite Aircraft Challenge: Cessna seeks to be king

Article | Mar 15, 2012

Cessna dominated the first round of AOPA's Favorite Aircraft Challenge: None of its aircraft was eliminated from the first three brackets. The winning streak broke with the fourth bracket, in part because two Cessnas were pitted against each other. How did the 64 aircraft competing for the title fare?

Great Lakes biplanes back in production

Article | Jan 18, 2011

After about 30 years in hibernation, Great Lakes biplanes are going back into production this year with the first deliveries scheduled for 2012.