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Hartzell launches backcountry, seaplane sweepstakes

Article | Apr 23, 2015

If you're up for an adventure that will improve your piloting skills, Hartzell Propeller's "Trailblazer Sweepstakes" could take your flying to the next level.

Super Legend Cub boasts 180 hp

Article | Apr 22, 2015

American Legend won approval two years ago to put a 180-horsepower engine on the Super Legend Cub, and now they've done it.

A steep departure from the ordinary

Article | Apr 22, 2015

The Just Aircraft SuperSTOL Stretch XL has more power than the original model, and puts it to good use.

New Cub kit features airframe upgrades

Article | Apr 21, 2015

CubCrafters located in Yakima, Washington, has introduced the $75,000 Carbon Cub EX-2 with aileron and flap changes to make rolls crisper and speeds slower.

P&E: Dogfight

Pilot Magazine | Apr 06, 2015

To dazzle or not to dazzle—that’s this month’s “Dogfight” topic.

SuperSTOL stretched

Article | Apr 01, 2015

Just Aircraft has stretched the SuperSTOL, giving the backcountry-capable kitplane a longer fuselage that allows for larger engines.

Time running out to bid on tailwheel package

Article | Dec 18, 2014

Time is running out for potential tailwheel pilots to bid on a package of tailwheel training at Lakeland, Florida-based Tailwheels Etc.—including two hours in a 1940 Stearman Kaydet biplane—in this year’s AOPA Foundation online auction.

P&E Technique: Think like a ratchet

Pilot Magazine | Dec 09, 2014

As a glider pilot I’d been taught that when flaring to land, if I overdid it a bit, to move the stick forward just enough to allow the airplane to resume level flight.

DC-3 made for cruising

Article | Dec 03, 2014

The DC-3's reputation as a heavy hauler is unmatched. But for Georgia-based Lance Toland, the airplane is all about connecting to history and having fun.

Debrief: Blade flier Jeffrey Cain

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

Flying vintage biplanes requires pilots to develop an intuitive feel for their aircraft and keen rudder acuity. But can a double-leg amputee develop such sensitivity?

Triple Tree magic

Article | Sep 09, 2014

A cannon fires after Pat Derrick makes a low pass over the grass strip in a Vultee BT-13 Valiant. Derrick is the unofficial alarm clock for hundreds of pilots, their family and friends, camping under the wings of their aircraft at the 400-plus acre Triple Tree Aerodrome in Woodruff, South Carolina.

Dynon adds video to glass cockpit

Article | Jul 25, 2014

Dynon Avionics, the pioneering company that provides fully featured glass cockpits for light sport and experimental aircraft at half the cost of fully certified displays, adds more sophistication with video input, upgraded weather, and wide-angle synthetic vision.

Greg Koontz wins airshow performer award

Article | Jul 11, 2014

Greg Koontz, who performs amazing aerobatics in a Super Decathlon available to the average pilot, is the 2014 Bill Barber airshow performer of the year.

Father and son restore the original Super Cub

Video | Jun 09, 2014

Super Cub -- part of the craftsmanship series.

P&E Technique: Tipping point

Pilot Magazine | May 14, 2014

I bear on my forearman enduring reminder of the fallibilities of three-wheel vehicles.

XtremeAir ready for demos

Article | Apr 10, 2014

A Florida flight school dove into airplane dealership when the opportunity to handle a new and aerobatic star came along last fall.

Sherpa Aircraft deal with Chinese investor fails

Article | Apr 03, 2014

A deal announced in January 2013 for an infusion of cash from a Chinese investor to certify the Sherpa 650T utility tailwheel aircraft has failed.

Tailwheel tango: 'Dance on the rudders'

Article | Jan 30, 2014

Tailwheel aircraft aren’t as forgiving of bad technique as nosewheel airplanes, causing trouble during transition training for pilots with sloppy footwork.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Helicopter flight controls

Rotorcraft Rookie | Nov 27, 2013

If you are going to learn to fly a helicopter you first have to learn how to control it.

No more ground loops, Beringer says

Article | Aug 01, 2013

Beringer Wheels and Brakes is developing a new tailwheel that promises ground-loop-free landings for taildragger pilots. The company explains that its double-pivot tailwheel can be made to move as the rudder moves.

Technique: All the way to the chocks

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

The windsock indicated a direct and very strong crosswind as the clipped-wing J–3 Cub touched down on the runway. The pilot, Jimmy Gist, was doing a masterful job of putting the feather-light airplane down on its main wheels and tracking the centerline despite the stiff winter wind.

Technique: The third wheel

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

For such a tiny part of the airplane, the third wheel of a taildragger has a vicious bite if it's not treated with proper respect. "You can't get lazy in a tailwheel," instructor Ron Rapp explained early in 5G Aviation's tailwheel endorsement training program at Southern California's John Wayne Airport-Orange County.

Club Spotlight

Article | May 13, 2013

The Bowman Eagles was formed 10 years ago for one purpose--to have tailwheel aircraft available to fly.

Club Spotlight: Flabob Aero Club

Article | Feb 13, 2013

The club’s 1946 J-3 Cub The Flabob Aero Club has been operating for about three years and grown quickly with more than 100 members. Its relationship with the non-profit Wathen Center provides extremely low costs, and the club operates an interesting mix of aircraft.

Don't let the ground loop get you

Article | Jan 17, 2013

The sense of being powerless in an aircraft is terrifying. Pilots are trained to control the airplane and correct dangerous situations that arise. But in this developed, low-speed ground loop demonstration, I'm powerless. Applying full right rudder during the uncontrolled left turn yields no results. Brakes are no help.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2013

letters.html A former AOPA vice president of public relations, Charles Spence, celebrated the life of William Piper Sr. on the seventy-fifth anniversary of Piper Aircraft.

Proficient Pilot: Playing favorites

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2013

I've never met an airplane I didn't like

Found Aircraft lands certificates for three variants

Article | Oct 17, 2012

Found Aircraft added turbocharging and a taildragger configuration, and landed certificates for three new variations on the Expedition (formerly the Expedition 350) - an aircraft built for back country and big city flying.

Husky out of hiding

Article | Oct 01, 2012

The AOPA Tougher Than a Tornado Sweepstakes Husky will emerge from its undisclosed location for AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, Calif., where AOPA will reveal the new owner of the rugged taildragger.

Topsy-turvy course hooks lifetime flyers, customers

Article | Jul 11, 2012

In the skies over northern Massachusetts, generations of pilots have taken their first taste of a world turned upside down, an introduction to flight inverted that leaves a lasting impression. Many have gone on to learn aerobatics, or get a taildragger endorsement: this kind of flying is pure fun. There's also a serious purpose behind unusual attitude training--just ask any small airplane pilot who has been caught in the wake vortex of an airliner. Learning to master spins, and spin recovery, is another step to building confidence as a pilot, and the skills needed to stay in control no matter what.

Safety Pilot: Transitions

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

“Hey, if it’s got wings, I can fly it.” Well, maybe. With the jet age, some airline pilots had to retire early because they couldn’t make the transition.

From first ride to 2nd Lt.

Article | Jun 11, 2012

After a ride in a family friend's Cessna 172 instilled a lifelong fascination with aviation in 6-year-old Nicholas DeLuca, the youngster set his sights on the goal of becoming a fighter pilot.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2012

Editor at Large Tom Horne and Senior Editor Dave Hirschman debated the merits of expensive analog versus cheap digital watches in their last “Dogfight.” “I still have my solid-gold, 12-diamond Rolex, which I wear when I feel the need to impress folks who value style over substance. BTW, I bought it for $12 from a street vendor in Philadelphia.” John Corradi, AOPA 2656039Rixeyville, Virginia I have to agree with Tom Horne: Anything mechanical, or even anything man-made, with parts that fit together and function with elegant synchronicity is inherently beautiful (“Dogfight,” April 2012).

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

Mike Collins touched my heart with his article "Honoring the Tuskegee Airmen" (December 2011 AOPA Pilot). Lt. Col. William Holloman III of the famed 332nd Fighter Group was a dear friend and passed away in 2010. Bill was a national treasure. Prior to his passing, he was looking forward to climbing back into a Stearman.

Tecnam taildragger makes first flight

Article | Jan 17, 2012

Tecnam taildragger makes first flight

Dogfight | The perfect trainer

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2012

What's the best primary trainer? That's easy--it's a Cessna 150 or 152. This series of airplanes has proven its worth as trainers for decades, having churned out a huge chunk of the general aviation pilot population. In the glory days of the 1960s and 1970s, Cessna's Pilot Centers built a hugely successful training program around the Cessna 150. Why is that, you ask?

Affordable aerobat

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2012

Pitts biplanes dominated U.S. and international aerobatic competition in the 1960s and 1970s before eventually being eclipsed by bigger, faster, more powerful monoplanes in the late 1980s and beyond.

Training topics

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2012

Say "online training course" and most people think of countless hours staring at a computer screen while a pleasant-sounding voice drones on about the topic. Jeppesen's new G1000 VFR, IFR, and VFR/IFR online training courses couldn't be more different. These courses are well worth the time and money.

The Maine Event

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

The AOPA 2012 Sweepstakes "Tougher Than a Tornado" Husky can seem as out of place at a big airport as a monster truck on the streets of Manhattan. The Husky was designed and built in Wyoming for flying throughout the rugged and expansive West - so what happens if its eventual winner is an East Coast city slicker? Could an airplane optimized for rough, high-altitude airports be useful in other regions where elevations are low, distances are short, and paved airports are plentiful?