Taildragger

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Short Matters

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

There’s an island in the French West Indies where the jetsetters play, but you can’t land a jet there. It’s called Saint Barthélemy —St.

AOPA ePilot Custom Content

Article | Aug 01, 2008

The following stories from the August 1, 2008, edition of AOPA ePilot were provided to AOPA members who expressed an interest in the particular subject areas. Any AOPA member can receive information tailored to their areas of interest by updating their preferences online.

Technique: I Wear My Sunglasses at Night

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2008

The cold night wind swirls through the rear cockpit of the Waco YMF Super as I tuck my chin, turtle-like, into the warmth of my jacket’s upturned collar. I’ve flown this gorgeous biplane around the Atlanta area countless times in the last five years in my weekend job as a scenic rides pilot.

Childhood Dreams

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

“I’ve been infatuated with airplanes since I was really, really little.” Super Corsair owner Robert Odegaard says. One of his earliest memories is when he was about two or three years old, running from his mother’s arms to the living room window for a better view of a noisy yellow Stearman, spraying the family’s fields near Fargo, North Dakota.

Safety Pilot: Deja vu: 50 years of mishaps

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2008

Bruce Landsberg was named executive director of ASF in 1992. In looking back at nearly 50 years of general aviation accident reporting, what is surprising is how few surprises there are.

Light Sport Aircraft

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2007

Or maybe it's a Citabria-Champ Ladies and gentlemen, now entering the ring, wearing any of 20 colors, weighing 1,320 pounds, from Rochester, Wisconsin...the Champ! Florida dealer Larry Tague even paints boxing gloves on the tail. The American Champion 7EC Champ — certified under the old CAR 4 rules — is re-entering the market as a light sport aircraft, and thus has a 1,320-pound gross weight limitation.

Lockheed 12-A Electra Junior

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2006

The memory of Trans World Airlines is alive and well This is more than an article about an airplane. It is also a love story.

Glacier Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2006

My first Alaskan pilot job was in 1976 in Galena, on the Yukon river, as a flight instructor. I am a retired college professor with a doctorate in physics and, while teaching, had summers available to pursue a second career in flying.

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.

Low and Slow in New Jersey

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2005

As a student pilot, I was drilled in the perils of flying low and slow. So it's a guilty pleasure to be following this nameless river at 55 mph, below the level of the treetops, turning with each meander.

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.

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.