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Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2006

On the surface, Doug Shane's taste in airplanes seems a bit...incongruous. Standing in his hangar, he's faced with a sleek, composite Long EZ that looks fast even though it's standing still.

Never Again Online: My crazy ride on Friday the 13th

Article | May 01, 2006

Teaching people to fly has always been my special, favorite thing to do, and I thought it would be a lot of fun and an interesting change from our flying club's Cessna 150s to offer flight instruction in a conventional gear aircraft, better known as a taildragger. Several club members agreed, so I set out to buy one and lease it back to the club.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2005

Letters

Article | Nov 01, 2005

(From AOPA Pilot, November 2005.) Sport planes are here! At Oshkosh this year I was able to look at two examples of beautiful Cub-type aircraft from two different companies. They appeared to be well-built examples of this classic aircraft.

Pilotage

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2005

Mark R. Twombly has been reporting on general aviation for more than 20 years.

Wx Watch: Windwise

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2005

I once did a study of general aviation weather accidents for the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. It had many goals, but one objective was determining which weather phenomenon caused the most accidents.

First Look

Article | Mar 01, 2005

Maule goes retro to offer an economical model The first Maule ever certified is back, but not as it was certified. Maule Air has decided to go retro and bring back the company's first certified model, created by late founder B.D.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2005

Three chutes are better than one, company says Ever since Ralph Nader's book Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile was published in 1965, the auto industry, prompted by federal laws, has been on a safety kick. General aviation seems to parallel the car business, but innovation takes longer with the lack of numbers to justify mass production and the complex FAA certification process.

Pilot Counsel

Article | Jan 01, 2005

Aviation attorney John S. Yodice has been flying for 34 years and owns a Cessna 310.

GA Entrepreneurs

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2004

Orville Wright didn't have a pilot certificate when he launched from Kill Devil Hills on that first flight in 1903. And Jay and Mary Honeck had no background as hoteliers, nor did Jay Taffet have training as a photographer.

Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2004

Don't tell John Ball he's unstable. He's heard it all before.

Pilotage

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2004

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

Spitfire for 2

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2004

When Bill Greenwood of Aspen, Colorado, decided to buy a warbird he was a 450-hour Mooney pilot with zero tailwheel time. He realized that with his limited experience, he would need something a little more docile to fly than most warbirds.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2004

Memories of an adventure I just finished reading "Memories of an Adventure" (April Pilot) for the second time and I think you missed the mark with this article. I say this based on my impressions and discussions with two non-taildragger pilots who read the article.

Pilots

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2004

Pilots from six states have trained with Arthur A.C. (Tony) Markl in Marydel, Maryland.

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Article | Apr 01, 2004

Memories of an Adventure

Article | Apr 01, 2004

Looking for a little adventure? Then American Champion has just the airplane for you — its a Citabria (that's "airbatic" spelled backward) 7GCAA, also known as an Adventure. This past summer, AOPA staff pilots had a chance to spend some time with the airplane the manufacturer calls "a personal toy." And whether they were neophytes with no tailwheel experience or taildragger aficionados, they all agreed that the Adventure lived up to its name.

Flight of a Falcon

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2004

It is not often that a pilot takes off in a single-engine airplane with the intention of shutting down the engine once under way, but that is exactly what you can do when flying an Aeromot AMT-200S Super Ximango. (Ximango means falcon in Portuguese.

Touchdown!

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2003

It's like a ballet of hands, feet, and head that all pilots perform on every flight. Its procedures aren't on any checklist.

Postcards

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2003

Philadelphia fun during AOPA Expo While this year's AOPA Expo brings general aviation and pilots like you to Philadelphia, no one visits the City of Brotherly Love without soaking up at least some of the area's historic atmosphere. And for the aviation fanatic for whom the exhibits and activities at Expo aren't enough, Philadelphia and its surrounding communities offer attractions that showcase aviation, as well as must-see sights that honor its role in more than three centuries of U.S.

De Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2003

The Chippie was a favorite of the RAF It is said that the de Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk looks the way an airplane should look. Designed as a military trainer, the "Chippie" has a tapered wing and a narrow, sleek fuselage that give it the appearance of a petite World War II fighter.

Budget Buys

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2003

When a flying club feels like home A covey of pilots in lawn chairs recline under leafy branches. Their view on this warm evening takes in a cornfield with foot-high stalks waving green, bunches of mint growing in the shade of a white hangar, and the pencil line of pavement that is Runway 15/33 at Nelson Field, home of Green Castle Aero Club, near Oxford, Iowa.

AOPA Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2003

And ready for its new owner C'mon, it's a biplane, not an avionics showroom. Flying doesn't get any more basic than a 1940 Waco UPF-7.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2003

Heavy lifter I have just read Thomas Horne's article in AOPA Pilot regarding the Piper Aztec ("Heavy Lifter," March Pilot). I'm the owner of a Piper Aztec C (PA-23-250).

AOPA Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2003

AOPA members dream of hitting the jackpot AOPA members tell us they'd yell, scream, and run to the airport naked (please don't, as we will be videotaping the award ceremony) if they won AOPA's $250,000 Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes Waco UPF-7. Others would play with it until the tax bill arrives — then sell it and keep the $150,000 cash remaining, or sell it right away and buy an airplane that better meets their needs.