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Final Ross Lake management plan supported

Advocacy | Jan 19, 2012

The decision to include seaplane access as a component of the final planning document for the Ross Lake National Recreational Area in Washington state resulted from an effective collaboration between government planners and aviation organizations during the plan's review process, AOPA said.

Challenges: River dance

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

Let's all tip our caps to aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss, who was one of the first to brainstorm the possibility of marrying a boat to an airplane. Curtiss attached pontoons to a biplane and managed to get airborne in 1911, and pilots have enjoyed both the utility and the fun of being able to land and take off on water ever since.

Curious cargoes

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2011

A commercial pilot recounts a number of "curious cargoes" he's hauled as a bush flyer in Northeastern United States.

The nation’s quirkiest airports

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2011

Illustrations by John Holmes Toss a casual question on the AOPA Forums, and you’ll come up with answers worth an article. The question was simple: “Which are the nation’s quirkiest airports?” On the advice of AOPA Pilot staff, I didn’t define the word quirky.

The iceway is open

Article | Jan 01, 2010

Picture this movie scene: The local airport has closed down. At a meeting of area businesspeople, everyone agrees the airport was a boon for the local economy and a much-loved attraction that should be restored.

'AOPA Pilot' 2008 General Aviation Photography Contest

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2008

There’s something inherently beautiful about general aviation and the places and people it touches. Take earth, water, or sky, add a sunset or a season, and mix in an aircraft, a person, or an event to portray its amazing culture.

America's Airports: Another Day in Paradise

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base (F57); Winter Haven, Florida; May 20, 2008 It’s an unusually cool morning for mid-May in central Florida. Low scud races overhead, indicative more of winter in this area than of the cusp of summer.

Pilotage: Recreational vehicle

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

Mark R. Twombly is a charter pilot on a Citation II based in Southwest Florida.

Pilotage

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2007

Mark R. Twombly is the AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer at Florida's Fort Myers airport.

The Can-Am Fly-In

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2006

"When you share a passion, it's easy to communicate" As a vicious evening thunderstorm roils across Lac Taureau, a large Canadian lake northeast of Montreal, lightning plunges the crowded banquet hall into darkness. My instant reaction, and probably that of many others from "south of the border," is to groan.

Beriev Be-103

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2004

Now landing in water country, U.S.A. Seaplane pilots looking at the Beriev Be-103 light amphibian for the first time express skepticism about its unusual low- to mid-wing configuration and are curious to know how such an airplane performs on water.

Cessna 206 Amphibian

Article | Sep 01, 2004

Forget the Hummer, this is your go-anywhere vehicle Cessna's 206 has long been known as one of the workhorses of general aviation. The airplane can squeeze itself in and out of tight strips with ease, swallow and carry a big load, is easy to maintain and operate, and — perhaps most important — has many modifications available in the aftermarket to increase its already impressive list of capabilities.

Pilotage

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2004

Mark R. Twombly, a writer, editor, and pilot, now lands on two different runway surfaces.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2004

Retired airline captain Barry Schiff has flown 290 types of aircraft, 10 short of his 300-type goal. Once in a while I am asked what aircraft I most enjoy flying.

California Flying

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2004

San Francisco — you know the area well and have done it all, right? Have you taken a seaplane tour yet? Didn't think so. Seaplanes still fly over San Francisco just as they did 60 years ago, thanks to San Francisco Seaplane Tours.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2004

Michael T. Vivion serves as a wildlife biologist and airplane pilot for the U.S.

Answers for Pilots

Article | Nov 01, 2000

Tackling the required flight review When's the last time your driver's ed instructor drove with you? Those critical of general aviation safety might want to consider the FAA regulation that requires pilots to undergo a review of their flying skills every 24 months — by another experienced pilot, a certificated flight instructor (CFI). Most pilots know it as a BFR — biennial flight review — though its official title is simply the flight review.

Pilot Briefing

Article | Nov 01, 2000

Oldest seaplane base shoves off On an early September morning Bob Mills was doing what he's been doing for nearly 80 years: Helping seaplanes launch from the Delaware River. Set on the south side of Philadelphia, modern life seems to have grown up around the Philadelphia Seaplane Base (9N2).

Postcards

Article | Nov 01, 1999

Earning sea wings on Europe's deepest lake If there is a more beautiful place in the world than Lake Como to learn to fly seaplanes, it is hard for me to imagine it. The lake, the deepest in Europe, is nestled among the foothills of the Alps near Italy's northern border.

AOPA Action

Article | Aug 01, 1999

Representatives Reject User Fees, Boost Airport Spending On June 15 the U.S. House of Representatives passed AIR-21, a landmark aviation bill that would unlock the Airport and Airway Trust Fund and permit all aviation taxes to be spent promptly on aviation needs.

Letters

Article | Nov 01, 1997

Airport of my own I thoroughly enjoyed Stephen Coonts' article "An Airport to Call My Own" (September Pilot). I fly off a 3,200-foot grass strip (O5Y) in an Aeronca 7AC Champ.

Pilots

Article | Nov 01, 1996

Life doesn't always turn out the way you thought it would. For instance, when Bob Munro and two friends founded the Kenmore Air Harbor floatplane business in Seattle in 1946, he never thought he would end up owning one of the largest floatplane FBOs in the world.

AOPA Action

Article | Sep 01, 1996

AOPA Presents its Case to GAO Against Closing Chicago's MEIGS During a July 25 meeting with General Accounting Office investigators, AOPA presented evidence demonstrating the national need to keep Chicago's downtown Meigs Field airport operating. Representative Bobby L.

Life on the Water

Article | Aug 01, 1996

One warm winter Sunday I was out on the boat, doing the 45-minute run across Pine Island Sound to Usseppa Island, a favorite southwest Florida munching spot of mine. The sun was blazing in a sky toned from deep indigo to light azure on the horizon, dusted by thin ribbons of high cirrus, harbingers of the next day's cold front.