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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.