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A proposal to remember

Article | Feb 12, 2015

When everything seemed to be going wrong, the perfect moment emerged for a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter pilot to propose to his girlfriend—in a hot air balloon with snow falling all around in Southern California.

Balloonists claim trans-Pacific records

Article | Feb 05, 2015

Two balloonists who flew a helium-filled craft across the Pacific Ocean have staked their claim to new distance and endurance records.

Balloonists cross Pacific in bid for distance record

Article | Jan 26, 2015

Two veteran balloonists were aloft above the Pacific Ocean in a bid to break the world’s distance record for a gas balloon flight.

Lake Havasu Balloon Festival mixes (hot) air and water

Slideshow | Jan 21, 2015

The fifth Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair brought 78 balloons to an Arizona island that can be accessed only by driving over the London Bridge (Yes, the one from England that since 1971 has connected Lake Havasu City with an island resort.); by boat; or by hot air balloon.

Cub's coronation

Article | Dec 09, 2014

So probable is it that anyone you meet knows something about the little yellow airplane pilots call the J-3 Cub that the phenomenon helped persuade Pennsylvania’s legislature to bestow official recognition on the aircraft this year.

AOPA Foundation names 2014 Giving Back grant recipients

Article | Oct 09, 2014

The AOPA Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2014 Giving Back grants that recognize good works done through general aviation by nonprofit organizations.


News release | Oct 08, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation has announced its 2014 “Giving Back” grants that recognize good works done through general aviation by non-profit organizations.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Oct 03, 2014

1. Popular film actor Steve McQueen (1930-1980) loved flying, and his last airplane was a Boeing/Stearman PT-17 bearing registration number N3188. What was special about the number 3188?

Attendees enjoy AOPA Learn To Fly Day events

Article | Jun 09, 2014

Free flights and a static display were among the highlights of AOPA’s annual Learn To Fly Day.

Historical Firsts in April

Article | Mar 12, 2014

Historical Firsts in April