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Pilot Briefing: One fast cat

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

On a recent visit to Spokane, Washington’s Felts Field, AOPA Pilot got a first look at Northwest Turbine’s latest conversion undergoing certification. The Cougar Baron is a Beechcraft 58P outfitted with a pair of 500-shaft-horsepower Pratt & Whitney PT6A-21 turboprops. Rocket Engineering is doing the certification legwork for partner company Northwest Turbine LLC, which also markets the Royal Turbine conversion of the Beechcraft Duke.

Summit Goes Southwestern

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

Four years ago, AOPA's annual convention broke several longstanding traditions, changing its name to AOPA Aviation Summit and tweaking its format to encourage engagement and interaction among those attending. Now, AOPA Summit is breaking with another tradition--that of alternating between East Coast and West Coast locations. AOPA Aviation Summit 2013 will be held in Fort Worth, Texas, October 10 through 12.

Mission: Remembrance

Article | Jun 06, 2013

Chris Polhemus has flown over the beaches of Normandy on the anniversary of D-Day before, but in 2014 he hopes to return at the controls of a C-47, dropping paratroopers in the early-morning darkness.

Visual Approach

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Shiprock was visible from more than 30 miles away as Dave Hirschman and Chris Rose flew toward it from the southeast on a cool and crisp autumn morning.

Commemorative Air Force seeks national base

Article | May 21, 2013

Based in Texas with dozens of warbirds and volunteer wings operating around the country, the Commemorative Air Force now plans to build a national attraction.

News from HQ

Article | May 13, 2013

Flying back to Maryland from Sun ’n Fun in my trusty old Cessna 180, I took a small detour and dropped in at Peach State Aerodrome (GA2) in Williamson, Georgia.

New course, old ties for 2013 AirVenture Cup

Article | May 09, 2013

Organizers of a cross-country air race that is flown just before EAA AirVenture gets under way in Oshkosh, Wis., each summer announced a new race course--and a reconnection with the world's largest gathering of general aviation aircraft and pilots--for 2013.

Ready to race? Sport Air Racing League has an event for you

Article | May 07, 2013

If you've been wanting to take your flying to a more competitive level, the Sport Air Racing League's 2013 season is under way.

Aaron Tippin buys ‘Little Toot’ biplane

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Country music performer and general aviation pilot Aaron Tippin recently purchased a tiny biplane--Georgy Meyer's "Little Toot."

Fly Off: A tale of two biplanes

Article | May 01, 2013

Photography by Chris Rose; illustrations by Steve Karp Lined up on the runway behind the blue-and-yellow Stearman in its original Army Air Corps markings, the colorful Waco biplane seems as though it belongs in a historical black-and-white newsreel, not today’s reality. The airplane that taught America’s “greatest generation” to fly rumbles forward, its tailwheel quickly rising off the pavement, followed by its main wheels after a total ground roll of about 600 feet.