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AOPA sweeps Debonair debuts at Sun ’n Fun

Article | Apr 09, 2013

The AOPA Sweepstakes airplane, a 1963 Debonair, debuted at the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In and Expo. The team at Santa Fe Aero Services worked overtime to install the aircraft’s brand-new, upgraded instrument panel in time for AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne to fly the Debonair to Lakeland, Fla., in time for the show.

Sun ’n Fun welcomes thousands

Article | Apr 09, 2013

Sun 'n Fun President John Leenhouts has shifted the event's focus from "spring break for pilots" to a year-round effort to educate, inspire, and promote the love of aviation. Sun 'n Fun President John Leenhouts, right, is interviewed by AOPA Live Executive Producer Warren Morningstar on April 8 as final preparations were nearing completion.

Georgia pilots band together to inspire

Article | Mar 26, 2013

The distinctive paint scheme, along with patches and insignia, are used by TigerFlight both to capture the interest of children, and honor the Flying Tigers of World War II. Photo courtesy Phil Cataldo/TigerFlight Foundation.

Visual Approach

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2013

Aviation photography by Mike Fizer

Group works to preserve hangar with a history

Article | Feb 21, 2013

A Connecticut aviation museum is raising funds to restore one of the original hangars Glenn Curtiss built on the grounds of a racetrack turned airport, the birthplace of modern helicopters and the Corsair fighter.

Air museum closed, emptied in ownership spat

Article | Feb 20, 2013

When a dispute between the National Park Service and a Vancouver, Wash., aviation museum located on park property boiled over, the museum operators walked--taking 15 vintage airplanes and other displays including a 3,350-pound R-4360 radial engine with them.

A B-29 flies again after donors back 'Fifi'

Article | Jan 28, 2013

The last airworthy B-29 in the world is airworthy again, after donors stepped up to help the Commemorative Air Force fix "Fifi."

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2013

letters.html A former AOPA vice president of public relations, Charles Spence, celebrated the life of William Piper Sr. on the seventy-fifth anniversary of Piper Aircraft.