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Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

GENERAL From reader John Schmidt: During World War II, the Germans launched their Messerschmitt 321 glider using a Troika-Schlepp. What was a Troika-Schlepp? From reader Elwood Schapansky: During cruise flight, the pilot of a Cessna 182 rapidly pushes forward on the control wheel to create a brief zero-G condition.

Postcards

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2007

Click the image above to view a slideshow. Arizona's Piece of Heaven Flying into the "other" Grand Canyon Long ago an inland sea covered most of the southwestern United States.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2007

Cirrus, Cessna, Diamond top piston manufacturers First-quarter numbers from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) show Cirrus Design topping Cessna Aircraft in piston-engine aircraft shipments; Cirrus had 144 and Cessna 133. But closing not far behind was Diamond Aircraft with 115 shipments in the first quarter, including 42 DA42 Twin Star aircraft.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2007

GENERAL From reader Mike Piccola: What two aircraft were involved in the last dogfight in Europe as World War II came to an end in that theater? Pilots use METARs, aviation routine weather reports, to determine weather conditions at airports worldwide. What is the origin of the word metar? From reader David Hutchins: What is the difference between ASOS (automated surface observation system) and AWOS (automated weather observation system)? From reader Paul Reinman: A bombardier is a crewmember on a bomber.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2007

GENERAL From reader Rick Ray: What famous World War I fighter pilot was flying in formation with a bomber when he playfully reached out and grabbed the bomber's radio antenna, thus conceiving the idea of air-to-air refueling using a hose being handed from one aircraft to the other? Who was the first person to escape from an aircraft in peril via parachute? From reader Tony Bill: When and on what aircraft were variable-pitch propellers first used? A pilot walks into a flight school wanting to use the telephone there to file a flight plan. He notices three clocks on a wall that indicate 0800, 0850, and 0820.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2006

GENERAL A pilot often wore gloves when landing and/or taxiing one type of popular pioneer airplane but not because he needed protection from cold or fire. What type of airplane was it? Eugene Jacques Ballard served throughout World War I as a combat pilot in the French Flying Corps and received numerous decorations including the Legion of Honor, France's highest honor.

Silly Airplane Stunts

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2005

There's a bridge that links upper Manhattan with mainland America. It's the George Washington Bridge — "the GW," for short — and its span crosses a goodly height above the Hudson River.

AOPA Action in California

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2004

Palomar pilots seek residential disclosures Although they haven't yet given up the fight, pilots at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad recognize they are losing the battle to prevent homes from being built within half a mile of the busy general aviation field. Now they are directing much of their energy to a fight they hope they can win — the fight to ensure that future neighbors know just how close their homes are to the airport.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2003

Glider soars toward the heavens Taking a glider to 42,000 feet seems like more than just a test flight, but not if your ultimate goal is 100,000 feet. Members of the Perlan Project, named after rarely visible high altitude pearl clouds, have been flying their modified two-place DG-505M glider out of California City, California, carefully inching their way toward the world altitude record of 49,009 feet set by Bob Harris in 1986.

Riding the Wind

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2003

Imagine floating silently with the wind, looking down on a 360-degree view of the surrounding scenery. The silence is broken every 45 seconds or so by a quick "whoosh" of the propane burner as you gracefully hang above the Earth, suspended in space, floating like a cloud.