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Swift loses champion

Article | Jul 02, 2014

No one worked harder to keep the Globe Swift flying than Charlie Nelson. The Tennessee aviator died June 30 after a long battle with illness, a loss to both his family and the friends Nelson made around the world.

Chow Hounds

Article | Jun 23, 2014

Bob Trinque has done as much to support general aviation as just about any pilot.

CAF headquarters moving to Dallas Executive

Article | Apr 29, 2014

The Commemorative Air Force will move its headquarters to Dallas Executive Airport, where the organization plans to build a world-class, $40 million aviation attraction.

Club Spotlight

Article | Apr 24, 2014

Lehigh Valley Flying Club in Pennsylvania has adjusted its incentives and policies to keep members involved.

Tri-Motor offers vintage flying experience

Article | Apr 02, 2014

The Ford Tri-Motor passenger briefing covers the usual items, with a few twists—like the fact that one emergency exit is through the roof, or that you’ll need to climb uphill through the aisle to get to your seat.

Craftsmanship: Where Wacos take wing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 11, 2014

There’s nothing about the two-story brick building in the small central Pennsylvania town of Emigsville to suggest that the two master craftsmen inside create some of the world’s finest vintage biplanes.

Letters: Legendary Popularity

Pilot Magazine | Mar 11, 2014

Barry Schiff's story on the Cessna 180 seemed to indicate the author did not find the venerable aircraft attractive.

Proficiency: To new heights

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2014

The FAA’s recent proposal to decrease the amount of flight simulator experience that students can log toward instrument ratings comes just as computer-based simulation is rapidly becoming more realistic than ever.

Rare Aircraft acquires Stearman inventory

Article | Mar 07, 2014

In a major deal between two of the best-known U.S. antique aircraft firms, Rare Aircraft has purchased a huge inventory of Stearman parts from Air Repair and will begin producing as-new Golden Age biplanes.

Bugatti 100P re-creation to debut in museum exhibition

Article | Mar 03, 2014

Aviation buffs love the idea of a classic airplane hidden in a barn. The tale of the Bugatti 100 may be the ultimate example.

Briefing: Spend a Saturday with AOPA

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

For the first time in its seventy-five year history, AOPA will meet its members where they fly and share the joy of flight at a series of one-day regional fly-ins.

Historic FAA DC-3 moving to new home in Texas

Article | Feb 05, 2014

A Douglas DC-3 retired by the FAA is moving to its new home at the Texas Air & Space Museum in Amarillo.

History on parade

Pilot Magazine | Jan 23, 2014

For 50 years, members of the Commemorative Air Force have gathered each fall to present an airshow featuring the organization’s vintage military aircraft.

Pilot Briefing: AOPA announces fly in locations and dates

Pilot Magazine | Jan 23, 2014

For the first time in its 75-year history, AOPA will meet its members where they fly and share the joy of flight at a series of one-day regional fly-ins.

Earthshaking aircraft heads for history

Article | Dec 11, 2013

Though unrivaled in its capacity for scooping and dumping water on wildfires--nearly 30 tons of water can be released in a single drop, enough to make the ground shake nearby--work for the Martin Mars has dried up amid competition from newer aircraft.

Yacht in the air

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

There’s a good chance you’ve used Row 44’s satellite-based, in-flight Wi-Fi system as an airline passenger.

CAF members vote to move HQ

Article | Nov 26, 2013

The Commemorative Air Force will announce a new headquarters location.

IFR Fix: Worse weather wanted

Article | Nov 18, 2013

Before this phase of the flight, terrain was of no concern—a state of situational awareness underscored by the topographic blankness of IFR charts.

Classic in the making

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

It happens at 125 miles per hour. That’s the speed at which the sound of the rushing wind drowns out the growl of the Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer’s 180-horsepower engine.

Room enough for all

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

When we start flying, many of us dream of the day when we can load up the entire family—including the dog, all the luggage we desire, and plenty of fuel for a memorable cross-country trip.

Warbirds, weather headline 50th CAF Airsho

Article | Oct 16, 2013

Vintage aircraft and the weather steal the show at the Commemorative Air Force's 50th Airsho.

Flying Particles: Safe aircraft at a low cost

Article | Sep 27, 2013

One of the Flying Particles flying club's goal is to provide safe aircraft at the lowest reasonable cost.

Greatest Generation Aircraft to offer C-47 rides at Summit

Article | Sep 23, 2013

Attendees at AOPA Aviation Summit's Airportfest will have the chance to ride in or fly a C-47.

Letters: East/West Fly-Off

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

Our continuing series—“Fly Off”—pitted two trainers in an aerial drag race. Readers had some interesting thoughts.