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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.

AOPA FOUNDATION NAMES ITS 2014 "GIVING BACK" GRANT RECIPIENTS

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

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.

5 reasons you can’t miss Summit

Article | Oct 03, 2012

With Palm Springs, Calif., sporting a $200 million facelift for this year's AOPA Aviation Summit, the association is upping the ante. This event is one no pilot will want to miss.

Fly in to Summit: Download arrival, departure tips

Article | Sep 24, 2012

What better way to experience AOPA Aviation Summit than flying there yourself? AOPA has everything but a tailwind at your fingertips.

Clear prop: New training experiences at Summit

Article | Jun 29, 2012

Earn a tailwheel endorsement, fly a warbird, transition to a glass cockpit aircraft, go up in a hot air balloon, or just get back into flying during AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, Calif., in October.

Hot air balloons, the RAF, and D.I.A.B.E.T.E.S

Article | Jun 28, 2012

What do Beaumont, Miss., hot air balloons, the Royal Air Force, and diabetes have in common? Stick around and find out, all will become crystal clear! Diabetes is on the march with millions afflicted, and a couple of pilots are taking the lead in tackling this affliction.

Couple launches life together in hot air balloon

Article | May 10, 2012

Matt Deskiewicz had been planning for months with an engagement ring in hand, but had to wait for better weather. With a lift from pilot Patrick Smith, Deskiewicz took a knee in a gondola gliding through the sky over Frederick, Md., on May 6 and popped the question.

Flying, it’s not a 'boy thing'

Article | Mar 14, 2012

With a 360-degree view of the airport environment, tower tourists could imagine directing a conga line of general aviation aircraft making 10-mile circuits at Maryland's Frederick Municipal Airport. Others took control of aircraft for the first time in that conga line on March 10 for Women of Aviation Worldwide Week's Fly it Forward Day.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2012

How a hot air balloon looks from above and photographed from a Piper Super Cub. A hobby becomes a sideline Dave Tunge is, at age 66, moving into the “do what I want to do” portion of his life.

Epic Flights: 88 magical aerial miles

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2011

This is the fourth and final day of a dream assignment: ferrying a nostalgic-looking but thoroughly modern biplane from Frederick, Maryland, to AOPA Aviation Summit in Long Beach, California. The next leg - a short 88-nm hop from Moab to the Lake Powell area on the Utah/Arizona border - is the part I've most looked forward to since I began planning this journey 10 weeks prior.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2011

Fuller urges: ‘Let’s rally GA’ AOPA President Craig Fuller called on general aviation pilots to rally around GA so that collectively the industry can protect our freedom to fly. Delivering a keynote address at the Northwest Aviation Conference in Puyallup, Washington, Fuller said everyone has a role to play.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2011

Yves Rossy flew a loop for the first time with the aid of a wing strapped on his back, four jet engines each the size of a loaf of bread, and his body. He has made several previous flights with the wing, including one crossing the English Channel.