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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.