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Letters

Article | Sep 01, 2007

Beyond the border I enjoyed the article on the use of Predator UAVs by Homeland Security ("Beyond the Border," July Pilot), but I couldn't help thinking that the same mission could be performed in a much more cost-effective manner using a FLIR (forward looking infrared camera) equipped general aviation aircraft. The military uses UAVs primarily because they can loiter over "bad guy country" for long periods of time without risking a pilot or requiring the extensive support (suppression of air defenses, armed search and rescue on call, escorts, tankers) that manned aircraft need.

Beyond the Border

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2007

With the sun setting behind the snow-capped mountains west of the airfield at Fort Huachuca near Tucson, Arizona, tonight's mission has been delayed a bit by a wiring harness that just arrived from Phoenix. As the ground crew works on the tarmac in dropping temperatures, pilot Cassandra Hunt sits warm and comfortable at the controls as she fires up the 750-shaft horsepower Honeywell turboprop.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2007

Our report this month on the Turbo Cessna T182T by AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton K. Marsh was part of a three-story trip in February from Denver to Wichita to Orlando (see "Garmin's GFC 700: Meet the Automatic Turbo Skylane," page 64).

AOPA questions FAA's 'stealthy' UAV TFR on Mexican border

Article | Sep 01, 2006

AOPA questions FAA's 'stealthy' UAV TFR on Mexican border The FAA on Friday suddenly and somewhat unexpectedly established a temporary flight restriction (TFR) area near Nogales, Arizona, along the Mexican border for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flights. "While there has been ongoing discussion regarding TFRs for U.S.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2006

AOPA Tops 408,000 Members AOPA has reached another milestone — 408,000 members! AOPA President Phil Boyer made the announcement to more than 500 members during the launch of AOPA Day at Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida. "Members are always telling me, 'AOPA is the best,' but really, it's you — the members — who make this organization so strong," Boyer told the crowd.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2006

GENERAL A pilot often wore gloves when landing and/or taxiing one type of popular pioneer airplane but not because he needed protection from cold or fire. What type of airplane was it? Eugene Jacques Ballard served throughout World War I as a combat pilot in the French Flying Corps and received numerous decorations including the Legion of Honor, France's highest honor.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2005

Everest helo landing triggers an avalanche of debate It seemed about as likely as seeing a yeti. A helicopter landing on Mount Everest? How could that be? The landing of a Eurocopter Ecureuil/AStar AS350 B3 helicopter on the Earth's highest point on May 14 and again the following day touched off a debate within the mountaineering community.

AOPA Action

Article | Oct 01, 2004

AOPA to Pilots: Take Election Security Concerns Seriously The 2004 presidential election is only a few weeks away, and security officials remain extremely concerned that terrorists will try to disrupt or influence the outcome with renewed attacks within the United States. The specter of the attacks on Spanish trains in March, which helped sway national elections there, looms large for security agencies in the United States.

The Coast Guard's Air Force

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2003

Coast Guard Lt. Todd Fisher is flying patrol in his orange Aerospatiale HH-65 Dolphin out over the Florida Straits when he looks down and spots what he calls "a target of interest." A fishing boat.