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Above NY

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2011

At the Downtown Manhattan Heliport (JRB) - the first heliport in the United States to offer scheduled passenger service and the only place today where one can begin commercial tours of the city in a helicopter - people are happily anticipating their 15- to 20-minute rides. There are five operators here, each offering a bird's-eye view of the city that never sleeps, the home of Hearst and Trump and Giuliani - and, of course, the worst terrorist attack in the twenty-first century.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2011

GA leaders seek relief for losses from TFRs Six association presidents have requested that the Transportation Security Administration work with general aviation on ways to reduce business losses sustained under airspace restrictions during presidential travel. In a letter to TSA Administrator John H.

“Methodical Risk Taker”

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2011

Like other confirmed fixed-wing pilots, I’ve always regarded helicopters with deep suspicion. Their method of flight seems unnatural, unintuitive, and exceedingly fragile.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2011

Solar Impulse makes international flight Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are a step closer to their goal of circling the Earth, nonstop, in a solar-powered airplane. In May, the delicate craft flew from Switzerland to Brussels, Belgium.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2011

The article and video by Jill W. Tallman covering helicopter flight training were well done (“Challenges: Fling-Winging It,” April 2011 AOPA Pilot).

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2011

What sort of airport terminal would you expect a city of 2,000 to have? Would it even be called a “terminal”? It would be tiny—1,100 square feet, to be exact—and would be called an FBO. The airport manager would have a closet-sized office.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2011

Three green. Out of five general aviation economic recovery indicators, three—flight activity, corporate profits, and tax policies—are showing positive signs, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reported February 22 during its State of the Industry address.

Challenges: Fling-Winging It

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2011

From the high-pitched, powerful whine of a Eurocopter Dauphin launching on a Maryland State Police mission to the frequent dartings of Robinson R22s, helicopters are a big part of life at Maryland’s Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK). Fitting themselves neatly into the flow of traffic, they’re like your older teenage brother—you know, the one who drifted in and out at all hours—and you never knew exactly what he was up to, but you sure wanted to find out.

GA Serves America: Back to life

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

This past fall, the state of Maine “killed” one of its most pristine, isolated wilderness trout ponds in order to save it. Seaplanes (and two Black Hawk helicopters) played a necessary, vital support role in making it possible.

Mission ready

Article | Mar 01, 2011

Small red cameras record the markman's accuracy. When the AS350 AStar was introduced in 1977, its design and manufacture led the industry with extensive use of advanced polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2011

My first two years as president of AOPA were filled with travel—there’s no substitute for the face-to-face meetings I have had with members. And, there is no better way to show elected officials just how passionate we are about aviation than to hold our GA Serves America gatherings.

Bell 47 Helicopter: Movie and TV star

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2011

The Bell 47 is as hard-working as seen on screen: Anyone who has ever seen M*A*S*H (the 1970 feature film or the subsequent television series) will instantly recognize one of the stars, a Bell 47 helicopter. The distinctive bug-eyed aircraft with the skeletal-framework fuselage and uncowled engine also was a central character in the television series, "Whirlybirds" (1957-1960).

Terrafugia joins Transformer ‘flying Humvee’ team

Article | Dec 01, 2010

Roadable airplane developer Terrafugia Inc. has joined a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program to develop a military vehicle that combines Humvee ground capabilities with the advantages of a helicopter.

Letters

Article | Dec 01, 2010

As a longtime AOPA member, I count myself among the millions of folks who love to fly. I’ve been lucky to have piloted many variants of single-engine airplanes, one floatplane, a few multiengine airplanes, sailplanes, and many exciting (some a little too exciting) flights in my 1979-era Quicksilver ultralight.

Robinson R66: Triple crown

Article | Dec 01, 2010

“Affordable” is not a word that is often associated with helicopters. However, for one aeronautical engineer, it is a tenet of his design philosophy.

Hangar Talk

Article | Dec 01, 2010

“The Fiftieth Anniversary Edition Baron G58 has a strikingly modern paint job that’s almost Batman-like in the upper nose section of the airplane,” says Pete Bedell, author of “The Baron Turns 50.” But the modern touches are balanced with a prominent nod to the past, evidenced by the huge Beechcraft shield logo painted on the tail. That logo, which has all but disappeared in the past few decades, has reemerged dramatically in recognition of the Baron’s golden anniversary.

Pilot Briefing

Article | Nov 01, 2010

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.’s X2 Technology demonstrator reached its goal in mid-September, a speed of 250 knots true airspeed in level flight. The speed is an unofficial speed record for a helicopter, the company claimed in a statement.

Every man a tiger

Article | Oct 01, 2010

December 4, 1950, dawned windy and bitterly cold. The bow of the aircraft carrier USS Leyte cut sharply through the rolling whitecaps of the Sea of Japan.

The Red Bull effect

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2010

Rough roads through an industrial park on the New Jersey side of New York Harbor lead to a cobblestone street that signals the entrance to Liberty State Park. Ahead lies a historic rail station, its tracks buried under a parking lot for ferry passengers headed to Manhattan.

Live in the sky

Article | Jun 01, 2010

Markets change. Take the music industry, for example.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

The April 2010 eruption of a volcano on Iceland may or may not have subsided by now, depending on the interplay between neighboring hot spots on that mid-Atlantic island. The offending unpronounceable volcano, Eyjafjallajokull (pronounced EYE-a-fyat-la-jo-kutl for those willing to give it a try), has a neighboring volcano that has a history of erupting after Eyjafjallajokull does.

Pilots: Ruedi Hafen

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

This isn’t the story about Ruedi Hafen’s first helicopter rescue, although we’ll get to that part. Hafen is president of Niagara Helicopters, which gives aerial tours of Niagara Falls.

'AOPA Pilot' Online

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

GA Serves America: Eyes in the Sky Editor at Large Tom Horne and Photographer Chris Rose joined in a pursuit with Virginia Beach, Virginia, master helicopter pilot David J. Cook as he piloted his Bell 407 along the coast to catch a bad guy.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

No user fees in the budget! For the past year, AOPA and the general aviation community have made it clear that user fees are not the best way to fund the nation’s aviation system. That message was repeated loud and clear by aviation supporters in the House and Senate, including more than 100 members of Congress who declared that user fees would be a “non-starter.” The budget proposal released February 1 makes it evident that aviation’s voices were heard.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

This could have been written in the 1920s, although barnstorming then wasn’t done on a schedule. The American Barnstormers Tour continues its multiyear run with a new tour in the central United States from June to July.