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Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2008

Aquatic life blocks Florida airport Tropical Storm Fay threw a new challenge at Melbourne International Airport staff in late August. A routine check of the airport’s runway for debris turned up two gopher tortoises, four walking catfish, an alligator, and a blue indigo snake.

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.

AOPA's Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes

Article | Apr 01, 2004

Texas member takes home the grand prize Even three weeks after learning that he was the winner of America's most coveted Waco, Mark Zeller still couldn't believe his luck. "Every night I've been going down there to look at it," said Zeller, AOPA 3835012.

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.

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 | 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.

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.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2003

Becoming a real pilot Phil Boyer's article "You're Not a Real Pilot," appearing in the January issue of AOPA Pilot, was "déjà vu all over again" for me. Last year, after flying tricycle-gear-equipped aircraft for 25 years, I received my taildragger endorsement in a 1946 Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2003

Retired airline captain Barry Schiff has logged more than 26,000 hours in 275 types of aircraft. When taildragger pilots gather at their local watering hole for post-flight imbibing, they occasionally engage in that ageless debate about whether the wheel landing is superior to the three-point, or vice versa.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2003

AOPA Pilot Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines has landed on everything from skis to skids in his flying career.

AOPA Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2003

Or how I learned to fly a taildragger Throughout my 35 years of private flying I have consistently been admonished by fellow pilots that "you're not a real pilot until you have flown a taildragger." I hate to admit it, but during my entire flying career, accumulating more than 6,500 hours, I have never logged any time in a tailwheel-equipped airplane. Don't be too quick to criticize me, since I am probably the typical private pilot who learned to fly in the past three or four decades.

Back to Basics

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2002

Fifty miles southeast of Washington, D.C., where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay, a U.S. Navy aviation officer crosses the ramp at the Navy's Test Pilot School.

Budget Buys

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2001

A little airplane that could Born in poverty, nurtured in adversity, and forced from production by the machinations of an egocentric airline president, the Piper Clipper nevertheless persevered because it was a good, simple airplane. Spartan, small, and cheaply built, but surprisingly pleasant to fly, its backseat introduced more than a few young baby boomers to the world of flight.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2001

Day-tripper I really enjoyed "Budget Buys: Day-Tripper" (July Pilot) about the Piper Tomahawk. Finally, someone did an honest evaluation of this fine little airplane.

Surviving the 709 Ride

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2001

The shiny yellow Piper Cub sat up expectantly like a puppy. It was dwarfed on one side by a Stearman's huge radial and on the other by a spit-shined Beech Baron.

Budget Buys

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2001

Citabria and Decathlon pilots have more funSlick ads and new-aircraft displays entice you, but somehow, after the kids get their lunch money and the sport-ute is filled with gas, there isn't an extra $130,000 or $200,000 around for the purchase. So the goal becomes, as Bellanca-Champion Club President Robert Szego puts it, "access to the beauty of the sky" at an affordable price.

Tough Love

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2001

I have an admission to make concerning my flying, or in the recent context, my lack of flying. The fact is that an unsightly layer of dust lies upon my aeronautical skills.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2001

Helio Courier mystique I have loved the Helio Courier ("Helio's Macho Machines," January Pilot) since the first day I saw it, and have been fortunate to work around them and with them for about three years. The tricycle-gear Helio that Thomas A.

Wx Watch: Working the Wind

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2001

Pilots can view strong winds as either a curse or a blessing. Fifty-knot tailwinds aloft for that long cross-country flight? Great! Twenty gusting to 30 knots, blowing at 90 degrees to your destination's 2,000-foot-long, 50-foot-wide active runway? Bad, bad news.

Fairchild 22

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2001

A young airplane woos a young man Charles W. "Bill" Worman has been infatuated with aviation since he was six years old and spent much of his youth building and flying rubber band-powered model airplanes.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2000

Remembering our roots I just read Vince Czaplyski's article on flying Piper Cubs at Hampton Airfield in Hampton, New Hampshire ("Tailwheel Transition," July Pilot). Strong memories instantly flooded back, for I flew my Cessna Cutlass from Palo Alto, California, to Hampton Airfield a few years ago.

Sportplane Reborn

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2000

Too often in these pages we focus so much on an airplane's attributes in getting us quickly and efficiently from point A to B that we lose focus on what prompted most of us to get our pilot certificate in the first place, the fact that flying is fun. One flight in Micco's new SP20 sportplane can bring you right back to the days when you walked around with a smile on your face for several days after a flight.

Piaggio Royal Gull

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2000

The CEO of seaplanes The 1957 magazine advertisement painted an idyllic picture of the unusual and elegant Italian-built, twin-engine, and gull-winged amphibian: "Here's a working ship that's specially designed for the man who's going places. Be he an air-minded executive, aerial survey, or company pilot, he'll go 'sky-wide and handsome' in the exciting new Royal Gull." Francis Trecker, the Milwaukee machine tool magnate, was one of those "sky-minded executives." Although not a pilot himself, he was the man who brought the twin-engine, five-seat Piaggio Royal Gull pusher to the United States and built an organization to assemble, equip, market, sell, and support it.