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Storms cut large swath

Slideshow | Jun 24, 2015

Powerful storms struck the High Plains and Midwest June 22, destroying homes and other buildings including a hangar at an Iowa airport.

Swifts flock to Corvette country

Slideshow | Jun 22, 2015

Pilots of sleek World War II-era Temco Globe Swift aircraft showed off their flying skills, modifications, and camaraderie at the 2015 Swift annual convention.

AOPA Homecoming draws thousands to airport

Article | Jun 06, 2015

A steady breeze and partly sunny skies brought welcomed relief to AOPA Homecoming Fly-In attendees from the Mid-Atlantic region who had been deluged with a week’s worth of rain. More than 3,300 people attended the Frederick, Maryland, event, with 375 aircraft flying in.

D-Day lead aircraft found

Article | Jun 05, 2015

A Wisconsin company preparing to hang turboprops on a vintage C-47 stopped when a researcher discovered it had played a uniquely significant role in history.

Embracing the Mustang

Article | May 14, 2015

Cal-Pacific Airmotive on Salinas Municipal Airport never set out to become a P-51 parts source and premier rebuilder of Mustangs.

Pilots prep historic DC overflight

Article | May 07, 2015

In commemoration of the seventieth anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, 56 vintage World War II military aircraft are completing a once-in-a-lifetime mission: crossing the skies of the nation’s capital in the Arsenal of Democracy: World War II Victory Capitol Flyover.

Broad shoulders

Pilot Magazine | Apr 06, 2015

America’s B–52s are operated by the Global Strike Command, an evolution of the Strategic Air Command.

P&E: Ownership

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

For both buyers and sellers, there are things to know about hiring a broker that can make or break a deal.

Harrison Ford injured in aircraft accident

Article | Mar 05, 2015

Actor, pilot, and general aviation advocate Harrison Ford was hospitalized March 5 after sustaining injuries in an emergency landing at a California golf course, according to multiple news reports.

P&E Dogfight: Making Training Relevant

Pilot Magazine | Feb 05, 2015

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines and Editor at Large Dave Hirschman debate the merits of pilot education—old-school rules or new-school style?

‘Seattle II’ to retrace 1924 epic flight

Article | Jan 22, 2015

It has an engine from the Golden Age of Aviation, an open cockpit, and a long-range cruise speed of about 90 mph. For the Seattle II, a Douglas World Cruiser reproduction, a brief first flight in December started a new chapter in a Seattle couple’s quest to fly it around the world in 2016.

Brent Taylor to lead Antique Airplane Association

Article | Jan 06, 2015

The Antique Airplane Association has named its veteran executive director, Brent Taylor, its new president.

Cub's coronation

Article | Dec 09, 2014

So probable is it that anyone you meet knows something about the little yellow airplane pilots call the J-3 Cub that the phenomenon helped persuade Pennsylvania’s legislature to bestow official recognition on the aircraft this year.

DC-3 made for cruising

Article | Dec 03, 2014

The DC-3's reputation as a heavy hauler is unmatched. But for Georgia-based Lance Toland, the airplane is all about connecting to history and having fun.

Debrief: Blade flier Jeffrey Cain

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

Flying vintage biplanes requires pilots to develop an intuitive feel for their aircraft and keen rudder acuity. But can a double-leg amputee develop such sensitivity?

Briefing: Gifts for the vintage pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

Short of going out and buying a taildragger, a biplane, or a silk scarf, we’d like to show you a couple of accessories that just might give a pilot that retro feeling.

Formation education: Repurposed 'Yak club' trains, entertains

Article | Oct 20, 2014

RedStar is one of a handful of organizations authorized to provide the standardized training that earns a pilot formation flying credentials for airshows.

‘Great day to be at an airport’

Article | Oct 04, 2014

Rain the night before may have dampened the grass at Frederick Municipal Airport, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of about 3,000 attendees who turned out for the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In in Maryland Oct. 4.

Pilot Getaways: The town time forgot

Article | Sep 17, 2014

The Santa Paula, California, airport evokes an old-time airfield, complete with antique airplanes dating back almost a century. Consider visiting the field when you attend the AOPA Fly-In at Chino, California, on Sept. 20.

Presidents meet in Wyoming

Article | Sep 11, 2014

The first fly-in meeting of the Young Presidents' Organization's Aviation Network drew more than 150 people to Alpine Airpark, an upscale fly-in community in the natural beauty of far western Wyoming.

Keeping the history in historic

Article | Sep 08, 2014

The historic aircraft that fill Chino Airport don’t restore and maintain themselves. A cadre of dedicated owners, pilots, and mechanics keeps them airworthy and exercised.

10 things to do in Southern California

Article | Sep 02, 2014

If you're thinking about attending AOPA's Chino Fly-In on Sept. 20, why not add a day or two and take in some of the area's sights? From amusement parks to museums and from Hollywood landmarks to an observatory, SoCal has it all.

Chicago steakhouse features vintage aviation photos

Article | Aug 29, 2014

A new steakhouse on Chicago’s North Shore is decorated with more than 200 vintage aviation photographs.

‘Battle of Britain’ movie airplanes sold

Article | Aug 28, 2014

The rare fighters from the 1969 Battle of Britain movie have been sold to restorers in the United States and Europe, according to the agent handling the sale.

Flying Tigers rebirth

Article | Aug 25, 2014

“I never went to an FBO I thought was fun,” said Michael Thayer. Determined to change that, he opened Flying Tigers Aviation at Chino Airport in Chino, California, in June 2013.

Outrageous outdoors

Article | Aug 06, 2014

Aviation in the West started at places such as Spokane's Felts Field (SFF). The historic airfield was once known as Parkwater because it is situated along the south bank of the Spokane River.

Pup redux

Article | Aug 05, 2014

Pilot Glenn Burt has the rakish grin, twinkling eye, and handlebar mustache to match his vintage Royal Flying Corps uniform with full effect.

'One heck of a week'

Article | Aug 04, 2014

Experimental Aircraft Association Chairman Jack Pelton said Aug. 3 that AirVenture 2014 was one of the best in years, and previewed coming attractions for 2015.

Fly-Ins: Indianapolis

Article | Aug 04, 2014

Three dozen pilots camped under their wings at Indianapolis Regional Airport the evening before the second AOPA Regional Fly-In of the year. Another 500 aircraft and more than 2,000 attendees joined May 31, including students pilots; families with generations of pilots; and area pilots, EAA chapters, and Civil Air Patrol members who volunteered to cook, direct traffic, and park airplanes.<

AOPA Live This Week - July 24, 2014

Video | Jul 24, 2014

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta visits AOPA and is speaking out about third class medical reform. We fly with Patty Wagstaff in Kenya, and we fly the PBY-5A Catalina. Its an unsung hero of WWII.

Tall tale: Historical relics hidden in barns, awaiting discovery

Video | Jul 07, 2014

Warbirds to depart Edwards Ranch

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.

Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina

Video | Jul 01, 2014

Barry Schiff flies the PBY and thinks it should be included into the group of famous warbirds.

AOPA Live This Week - June 26, 2014

Video | Jun 25, 2014

We fly the Howard 500. The breakfast bunch flies a C-45 named Chow Hound. The USA Today debacle continues. The National Park Service clamps down on drones.

Chow Hounds

Article | Jun 23, 2014

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

Plymouth Airport Chow Hounds DE

Video | Jun 11, 2014

For 24 years, Bob Trinque has been flying friends to breakfast in The Chow Hound, a C-45.

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.