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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.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

This could have been written in the 1920s, although barnstorming then wasn’t done on a schedule. The American Barnstormers Tour continues its multiyear run with a new tour in the central United States from June to July.

Member Guide

Article | Oct 01, 2009

Answers for Pilots: Logbooks Logbooks mean many things to pilots—sentimental diaries of cherished time in the sky; reminders of people from years past who shared the cockpit with us; fond memories of aircraft we flew and destinations we enjoyed; journals of lessons learned. Logbooks, of course, also have a practical use, which includes keeping a record of time and training toward currency, and to demonstrate eligibility for additional certificates and ratings.

Enjoy the View

Article | May 01, 2009

The first time I saw Post Mills Airport (2B9) in Vermont was in 1984, back when I was in high school and dreamed of the pilot certificate I would have some day. Seeing airplanes tied down beside a runway made of grass changed my understanding of what an airport could be.

Let's Go Flying!

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2009

Whether you are a seasoned pilot or a new one, you probably remember that day you decided to try flying. Had you always looked skyward and wondered what it would be like to fly an airplane as you listened to a general aviation aircraft buzz through the sky? Had you marveled at the aerobatics at airshows and thought I can do that? Did a passing hot air balloon capture your imagination? Were you one of the lucky who had family or friends in aviation and they introduced you to the utility and convenience of flying without an airline ticket? Or did you stop by your local airport and follow the “Learn to Fly Here” signs? Whatever the means or ways you got to flying, you know one thing for sure—it changed your life.