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Collier Trophy awarded for carrier-based unmanned system

Article | Apr 15, 2014

The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the Collier Trophy for “the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier.”

FAA needs to speed unmanned-aircraft rulemaking

Advocacy | Apr 08, 2014

A judge’s recent ruling that cast doubt on the FAA’s power to regulate small unmanned aircraft systems underscores the need for a safety framework.

FAA asks NTSB to review unmanned-aircraft ruling

Article | Mar 10, 2014

The FAA has asked the National Transportation Safety Board to review a judge’s ruling reversing a fine it levied in an unmanned-aircraft case.

Report: Small UAV market worth $582.2 million by 2019

Article | Mar 04, 2014

A new report values the small UAV market at $582.2 million, while the FAA clears drone misconceptions.

Drone deliveries can delight

Article | Nov 19, 2013

Drones may be best known for their military use to target militants and perform reconnaissance missions. But civilians are also touting the possibilities that drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, can bring. Some uses aren’t too surprising. For instance, drones can be used by journalists to record aerial video and photos, by law enforcement officers or firefighters to see without putting officers at risk or by farmers to keep an eye on crops. But media reports show that drones can do more than just take pictures or provide a unique view.

Efficiency: Perfect pitch

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Unmanned aircraft and airboats would seem to have little to offer general aviation, but growth in the two industries is spurring advancements in propeller design and other technologies—with positive implications for aircraft owners and pilots.

AOPA AV8RS in the News

Article | Jun 01, 2013

AOPA AV8R Tayler Evans of Middletown, MD was part of a seven-member team that won the prestigious Design Viability National Merit Award as part of the National Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) recently held in Washington, D.C.

Research UAV probes supercells

Article | Jan 23, 2013

Flying an unmanned aircraft on the fringes of a supercell is not as challenging as navigating the airspace restrictions.

NASA launches five-year hurricane hunt

Article | Sep 12, 2012

What do the Saharan Air Layer and hurricanes have in common? NASA is banking on Global Hawk UAVs overflying the storms to see if a connection lies between the two.

AOPA seeks changes to large military airspace proposal in Alaska

Advocacy | Jun 28, 2012

AOPA is urging the Department of Defense to work with the aviation community to solve access and routing problems posed for general aviation by a revised special-use airspace plan for the Joint Alaska Pacific Range Complex.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

There’s nothing unusual about two pilots enjoying spectacular scenery above a thin cloud layer on a moonlit night, except these pilots both are disabled by spinal injury. Heather Schultz, 26, is a quadriplegic, although she can walk with a cane and electronic devices, while Sean O’Donnell, 32, has lost the use of his legs.

Quest Kodiak: A higher calling

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

After logging thousands of flight hours in iconic Howard DGA–15s beginning as a teenager, California rancher Bruce Dickenson developed his own ideas for making the relatively fast and powerful airplanes from the 1930s and 1940s even better.

Proficient Pilot

Article | Nov 01, 2010

Since retiring from TWA in 1998, I have made it a point to submit to an instrument proficiency check almost every year. In each case, I have used an airplane equipped with analog gauges.

Waypoints: Will electrons rule your next flight?

Article | Jan 01, 2009

Editor in Chief Tom Haines owns a 1972 Beechcraft Bonanza with panel gear from four different decades. One of the big issues with updating the electronics in our “legacy” airplanes (that’s PR-speak for “old”) with modern systems is the uncertainty of what you’ll find not just behind the panel but throughout the airplane when you start the installation.

AOPA Action: California Edition

Article | Jul 01, 2008

Van Nuys ‘Prop Park’ gains ground AOPA is pleased to report that plans to turn the former Air National Guard ramp area at Van Nuys Airport into a parking area for light general aviation aircraft are gaining both clarity and momentum. A $6-million contract to level existing buildings and remove hazardous materials has been signed, and construction of new facilities is slated to begin in May 2009.

AOPA Action: California Edition

Article | Apr 01, 2008

Reid-Hillview faces renewed closure threat A decade after losing a battle to close Reid-Hillview Airport, Santa Clara County officials are again considering selling off the busy Silicon Valley general aviation field—this time as a means of filling a projected $150-million budget shortfall. In his January 29 “state of the county” address, County Supervisor Peter McHugh said the sale of Reid-Hillview could best realize the area’s economic potential, while eliminating the need to lay off county employees.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2007

GENERAL From reader John Tiller: A sign indicating the halfway point of the runway is installed next to certain unimproved runways. How is a pilot supposed to utilize this information? From reader Tom Travis: What is the origin of the idiomatic expression, "putting your [backside] in a sling." What is the only U.S.

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.