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Wild weekend with Sean Tucker

Article | Aug 29, 2012

It's your first aerobatic routine, and you're performing for an audience of one - airshow performer and aerobatic champion Sean D. Tucker. No pressure.

YouTube accident pilot: ‘I was going to abort’

IFR Fix | Aug 10, 2012

The June 30 crash of a Stinson 108-3 in Stanley, Idaho, has been viewed--from an inside-the-cockpit perspective--a million times since one of the passengers posted video on Aug. 4. Pilot Les Gropp, who suffered a broken jaw (his passengers walked away), said a gust of wind lifted him into the air as he was about to abort the ill-fated takeoff.

Reconciliation of former combatants inspires, heals

Article | Aug 09, 2012

Retired Brig. Gen. Dan Cherry shot down one MiG during his combat tours in Vietnam, and wondered as he watched the parachute deploy (narrowly missing it) what would become of the pilot. Amid the intense tempo of aerial combat, such thoughts were pushed aside until a chance encounter 36 years later with the F-4 Phantom he flew in Vietnam sparked a search. What Cherry found has led to healing and reconciliation for many veterans on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.

MT breathes new life into old propellers

Article | Jul 31, 2012

MT-Propeller will begin producing two-blade ground-adjustable aluminum propellers for the vintage market.

Flight of 75 Cubs marks 75th

Article | Jul 23, 2012

Piper Cub pilots and their passengers in Hartford, Wis., were up before dawn July 22, eating breakfast and getting an updated briefing before 75 vintage Piper J-3s began launching just after sunrise--heading for EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh and continuing their celebration of the iconic airplane's seventy-fifth anniversary.

Cubs 2 Oshkosh deadline approaching

Article | Jul 05, 2012

The registration deadline for Cubs 2 Oshkosh - the mass arrival of Piper Cubs at EAA AirVenture on July 22 to commemorate the iconic airplane's seventy-fifth anniversary - is fast approaching.

Former gang member helps save a piece of Air Force history

Article | Jul 03, 2012

A decade ago, Hualdo Mendoza was in trouble, mixed up with the gang life and kicked out of school. Today, he is a leading expert on a highly specialized aviation art: the restoration of fabric aircraft skins. That skill recently landed him a seat in a U.S. Air Force supersonic trainer, a thank you from the Hat in the Ring squadron.

As 'old school' as it gets

Article | Jul 02, 2012

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome has for half a century fielded a vintage fleet of pioneer, World War I, and barnstorming aircraft in weekend shows that test the skills of a select group of pilots.

FAA seeks input on warbird passenger flights

Article | May 30, 2012

Soon after an aborted effort to ground warbirds, the FAA is gathering public comment on whether they should be subject to new restrictions. The input gained will help the FAA decide the fate of future requests to exempt vintage military aircraft from revenue passenger restrictions.

Field of yellow: Cubs 2 Oshkosh plans mass arrival

Article | May 24, 2012

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Piper J-3 Cub, hundreds of Cub owners and pilots plan to fly from Hartford, Wis., to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh on Sunday, July 22, according to Rick Rademacher, one of the organizers of Cubs 2 Oshkosh.

Groundswell of opposition halts bid to ground warbirds

Article | Apr 30, 2012

The nation's airworthy warbirds have survived, for now, another attempt to knock them out of the sky. Warbird operators and enthusiasts bombarded lawmakers with calls and letters as word spread of a proposed amendment to defense legislation that would have grounded vintage military aircraft.

Become an ambassador for GA

Advocacy | Apr 26, 2012

Pilots can help promote general aviation and serve their communities by creating charitable events at airports, or adding a charitable element to an existing aviation event. Here are tips for creating a charitable event or helping an existing cause.

British team finds cache of Spitfires buried in Myanmar

Article | Apr 18, 2012

A British farmer's 15-year quest turned up a treasure trove in Myanmar, where as many as 20 Spitfire fighters have been buried since the end of World War II.

Veteran airshow, race pilot Howard Pardue killed in crash

Article | Apr 06, 2012

The airshow, warbird, and racing communities all mourned the loss of Howard Pardue, 77, who died April 4 when his vintage Grumman F8F Bearcat crashed just after takeoff from Stephens County Airport in Breckenridge, Texas.

Youth serves the future of the Commemorative Air Force

Article | Mar 31, 2012

The Commemorative Air Force has grown from a small band of pilots who purchased a P-51 in 1957 into a world leader in warbirds, with 9,000 members operating 156 vintage aircraft to honor American military aviation history and heritage. As the organization looks to the future, the door has been opened to the next generation willing and able to take up the mission.

P-51, DC-3 emerge as 'Challenge' finalists

Article | Mar 31, 2012

The Douglas DC-3 win sets up the dream contest of AOPA’s Favorite Aircraft Challenge between it and the powerful P-51 Mustang.

P-51, DC-3 advance to 'Four on Final’ round

Article | Mar 29, 2012

As the AOPA Favorite Aircraft Challenge now enters the home stretch toward the finals on April 1 and 2, March 29's round of eight voting was some of the busiest so far in the tournament. By late afternoon some of those Round Four contests were still too close to call, so watch the AOPA website for the latest results after final votes are tallied.

Classics, warbirds march to 'Challenge' finals

Article | Mar 27, 2012

The P-51 Mustang continued slicing and dicing, eliminating the King Air in a blowout in AOPA's Favorite Aircraft Challenge. The unstoppable F4U Corsair took out the popular Cessna 172; the Mooney M20 couldn't best the lovable Piper J-3 Cub, and the Beech Staggerwing eliminated the Stearman PT-17.

High school student earns a T-6 flight at Sun 'n Fun

Article | Mar 27, 2012

Hard work and good grades bring many rewards. For Joshua Gutierrez, a student at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy, the rewards include a college scholarship to study aeronautical engineering, and, on March 26, a ride in a vintage warbird.

Spitfire kit makes inaugural appearance at Sun ‘n Fun

Article | Mar 27, 2012

The 90-percent scale, all-aluminum Spitfire kit offered by Supermarine Aircraft, an aerobatic two-seater, commands plenty of attention.

Clear skies, smiles as Sun 'n Fun prepares for opening day

Article | Mar 26, 2012

Mike Porter paused in mid-sentence and cocked his head, listening to the distinctive sound of a radial engine overhead. A veteran restorer of Stearman biplanes, Porter explained apologetically that radials always make his ears perk up. There was a lot of that going around as aircraft converged on Lakeland, Fla., for Sun 'n Fun.

Skylane joins vintage, warbird aircraft in advancing

Article | Mar 22, 2012

The final results of Round Two in the West Region of AOPA's Favorite Aircraft Challenge demonstrated that the older vintage and warbird aircraft have come to play, and are not going to let many modern flying machines stands between them and the finals.

Three vintage aircraft, Mooney move on in challenge

Article | Mar 21, 2012

Just like a certain other basketball bracket challenge, as teams - or in our case, aircraft - are eliminated, what is left in AOPA's Favorite Aircraft Challenge are some stellar matchups. Let's wrap up more second round contests, and try to determine which aircraft in the East Region will make it past the third round.