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Historical Firsts in April

Article | Mar 12, 2014

Historical Firsts in April

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Dec 24, 2013

From reader Ralph Britton: Douglas DC–7Cs, Lockheed 1049G Constellations, and other aircraft were powered by Wright R-3350 turbocompound engines.

Litchfield Hills Aero Club makes ballooning affordable

Article | Dec 16, 2013

The Litchfield Hills Aero Club was formed to attract more people into ballooning, and help them do it economically.

AOPA Foundation grant funds Girls Inc. aviation program

Article | Nov 26, 2013

Girls in Oak Ridge, Tenn., learn STEM via the SkyGirls aviation program that recently launched thanks to a grant from the AOPA Foundation.

12-year-old ready to buy airplane

Article | Jun 11, 2013

A lot can happen on a 10-minute first flight. According to 12-year-old Landon Howard, he grew wise beyond his years during a short flight in a Mooney over Frederick and Middletown, Md., June 8 during Learn to Fly Day at AOPA’s headquarters at Frederick Municipal Airport.

Dogfight: Tower or no tower

Article | Apr 28, 2013

Uh, oh. Senior Editor Dave Hirschman takes on his boss—Editor in Chief Tom Haines—in this discussion on which is the better airport: one with an air traffic control tower or one without.

Dogfight: Tower or no tower

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2013

Uh, oh. Senior Editor Dave Hirschman takes on his boss—Editor in Chief Tom Haines—in this discussion on which is the better airport: one with an air traffic control tower or one without.

Stability

Article | Mar 25, 2013

The Weather Never Sleeps Stability How bubbles of air can upset the atmosphere BY JACK WILLIAMS (From Flight Training, November 1996.) Air stability is one of those theoretical-sounding subjects that pilots should learn for good, practical reasons. This knowledge helps you make sense of preflight weather forecasts and actual weather you encounter in flight.

Helicopter tows 'world's largest aerial banner'

Article | Dec 19, 2012

When the United Arab Emirates celebrated 41 years of independence on Dec. 2, participants in the UAE’s National Day observances witnessed a more than 50,000-square-foot banner towed by a Bell 412 helicopter.

Proficient Pilot: True confessions

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2012

Up, up, and away in a beautiful balloon.