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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.

The Air up there

Article | Oct 01, 2010

Two jets of flame leap high into the predawn darkness, and a roar rolls across the high desert north of downtown Albuquerque. This happens again and again, with fire seemingly erupting everywhere in the large field.

Hangar Talk

Article | Oct 01, 2010

Flying in a hot air balloon is something Technical Editor Mike Collins has done several times over the years, but he’d never participated in anything on the scale of a mass ascension at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (“The Air Up There,”). “There are balloons in every direction.

'AOPA Pilot' Online

Article | Oct 01, 2010

The Air Up There Mike Collins loaded up his camera and his notebooks to tackle a tough assignment in the New Mexico desert. He’d have to rise before the sun, look to the skies all day, and maybe even share a glass of mandatory champagne—when you cover the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, it’s a tough gig.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

You probably haven’t heard of the “Empty Quarter,” and that’s why paraglider pilot and freelance author and photographer George Steinmetz traveled there. The Empty Quarter is one of the most remote deserts on Earth and includes portions of Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

General 1. The classic de Havilland DHC–2 Beaver is a large, single-engine, high-wing bush plane made in Canada.