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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.

AOPA Action in California

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2003

Tuolome County airports adopt land use plan In a move designed to protect Tuolome County's two publicly owned airports from incompatible development, the Airport Land Use Commission for the county recently adopted an airport land use compatibility plan. The 5-1 vote was the culmination of four years' work on that plan, which affects Columbia Airport and Pine Mountain Lake Airport.


Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2003

A 17-day festival that has something for everyone Dayton is justifiably proud of its contribution to the birth of powered flight, and this summer the city is going all out to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' breakthrough. The events planned for the 17-day-long Inventing Flight festival will interest even the nonpilots in your family.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2003

What was the first airplane to have interconnected controls (roll and yaw control combined)?

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2001

GENERAL Name at least one type of well-known general aviation airplane in which nosewheel steering is accomplished by depressing a toggle switch in the desired direction (as compared to moving rudder pedals or applying differential braking). From reader Tom Renfro: How is it possible to legally use for navigation in IFR flight a VOR receiver that has been checked and found to be in error by as much as 180 degrees? The Short Wing Piper Club is a national organization whose members own or have an interest in short-wing Piper aircraft.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2001

Mooney officials stay the course during bankruptcy Officials at Mooney Aircraft remain optimistic that a buyer will soon emerge to purchase the company out of bankruptcy. The Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer filed for bankruptcy protection in July.

Test Pilot

Article | Nov 01, 2000

GENERAL An attitude indicator shows changes in pitch and roll because of the way in which a spinning gyroscope remains fixed in space. Why, then, doesn't the conventional artificial horizon indicate an inverted attitude following a nonstop flight from the North to the South Pole? An airplane with a fully functioning groundspeed indicator is being flown at a constant altitude in no-wind conditions.

The A-Team

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2000

This is the city—Los Angeles, California. Four hundred and sixty-eight square miles of the worst automobile traffic and crime this side of Bangkok.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1999

Is a flying career for you? Recently a member called the AOPA Pilot Information Center with what appeared to be bad news: His government job was being downsized, and he needed a new career. Could his passion for flying offer new job possibilities? It sure could, replied Kitty Pultorak, AOPA's technical services manager and a former customer service representative for a fixed base operator.

Quiet on the Slope

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 1998

After more than 25 years of yearning to fly, I finally earned my private certificate in 1975. Until active noise-canceling headsets came on the market, however, I was bothered by the noise in piston-engine airplanes.