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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).

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.


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.


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.


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.