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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.

Tailwheel Transition

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2000

Some flying lessons we learn more than once. And every so often, we don't realize what we've forgotten until its absence stares us in the face.

Lust for a Luscombe

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2000

They exist because of the determination of an affable scalawag to create and mass-produce all-metal airplanes. They have been the victims of unfairly critical accusations about their ground handling.

Grumman's Gosling

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2000

A pilot inspecting a Grumman G-44 Widgeon for the first time might think that a World War II tank manufacturer had built the airplane. The fuel caps weigh two pounds each; the landing gear assembly is so rugged that it can be extended safely at any airspeed; and the master switch is a hefty lever that, when moved through its several inches of lateral travel, goes "klunk" upon reaching its On or Off position.


Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 1999

Polished perfection You made my day when I opened my July copy of AOPA Pilot and saw the beautiful picture on the contents pages. Wow, an AT-7! I immediately thought, that has Pratt & Whitney R-985 AN-1 engines and Hamilton constant-speed propellers.

A Land Rover with Wings

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 1999

First of all, no, you can't buy a Land Rover Maule 260. This is a one-time, one-of-a-kind marketing arrangement between Land Rover North America, Inc.

Polished Perfection

Article | Jul 01, 1999

Every once in a while you see an airplane that prompts slack-jawed silence; you recognize the airplane's perfection as one of the best examples of its type. A few months ago, a Model G18 Twin Beech stopped by our airport and immediately captured the attention of all the classic airplane lovers on the field.


Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 1999

Life in the slow lane Like Stephen Coonts ("Come Fly With Me," April Pilot), I thought everyone else but myself had flown a Piper J-3. So I jumped at the chance when a friend called me and asked me if I wanted to go fly in his J-3 with him.

AOPA Access

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 1998

Every pilot is a student, whether you are a low-time student — say, with six hours under your belt, trying to learn landings — or a seasoned veteran flying the line with several dozen completed logbooks, trying to relearn landings in a Cessna 150. All good pilots are always learning and, therefore, are students.

Weekend Biplanes

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 1998

Dave Cleveland wheels his Waco UPF-7 out of the hangar and a crowd gathers. The brilliant red biplane would look at home on static display, yet Cleveland frets over a bit of oil on the belly, some dust on the cowling.

AOPA Access

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 1998

You rent an airplane too rarely, and your landings are awful. Unfortunately, landings aren't the only aeronautical skill getting rusty, and by flight review time you're positively corroded.

AOPA Access

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 1998

As winter departs, can the gusty winds of spring be far behind? Before you crank the engine after a winter layoff, consider your own readiness. Legally, you'll need a flight review and a currently valid medical certificate — and three takeoffs and landings within the past 90 days if passengers are going with you.

Choosing a VFR Panel

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 1997

Blue sky above faded into a dull white haze on the horizon. Twelve miles ahead, McMinn County Airport, southeast of Athens, Tennessee, lurked ahead in the haze.

Unconventional, Yet Alluring

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 1997

You never just fly a Seabee. You herd it through the air, curse its ground handling, revel in its abilities in the water, worry about what will break next, dread the preflight, and delight in its departure from the ordinary.

Cessna 195

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 1997

Cessna's elegant station wagon of the sky Some say that the Cessna 195 arrived too late. The Beech Bonanza, although smaller than the 195, was introduced in 1947 with a modern tricycle gear, a flat engine, and a low wing.

Taylorcraft F21B

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1997

N4418Y began life as a gambler Taylorcraft serial number 1521, an F21B tailwheel model, began life in the fast lane in 1988, hanging from the ceiling of the Stardust Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Pull a handle, win an airplane.

Measure of Skill

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 1997

Getting down safely and in style Fair or not, pilots and passengers alike assign tremendous importance to landings — especially the events surrounding the touchdown. A flight's takeoff and en route phases may have been perfectly planned and executed, but if the landing's a bouncer or a crabbed slam-in, the pilot's in the doghouse.

Ground encounters

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 1997

The issue of how to operate safely on the ground at nontowered airports was raised again in November with the collision between a regional airliner and a Beech King Air in Quincy, Illinois. According to preliminary reports, the airliner, a Beech 1900, had just touched down and was on the rollout.

Bush Hawk

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 1996

The big taildragger rumbles up the taxiway and waddles onto the grass, sniffing for a place to tie down. It looks at home against the north woods backdrop — a bushplane back from some wilderness outing, perhaps.