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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.

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 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.