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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.

This bird really flies

Article | Apr 28, 2013

Imagine a take-it-out-of-the box-and-plug-it-in device that, within minutes, can transport you into aviation experiences and adventures anywhere in the world. Redbird Flight Simulations founder Jerry Gregoire thought that idea might be a winner, too.

Telling it forward

Article | Apr 25, 2013

It's a simple proposition: Tell Joe Richardson what you did in the war, and he'll give you a ride in his P-51.

A Fleet with a history shines in the Florida sun

Article | Apr 09, 2013

Stan Sweikar worked for 24 years to restore his award-winning 1929 Fleet Model 2 after engine failure forced a landing that clipped its wings.

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.

Proficient Pilot: Playing favorites

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2013

I've never met an airplane I didn't like

'Hat in the Ring' invests in aviation's future

Article | Dec 13, 2012

Don Bernard likes to say that submarines and aircraft have a lot in common. The medium in which they operate may differ, but with the right skills and instruments, you can get them where they are going.

Flying high with Aaron Tippin

Article | Dec 03, 2012

A flight in a T-6 Texas was the highlight of a day with country music legend Aaron Tippin, but that wasn't all of the stops the star pulled out for one AOPA member.

Ownership: Tube and fabric 101

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2012

Tips for the prospective owner.

Nose artist Jerri Bergen: Cowlings are her canvas

Article | Nov 27, 2012

Some artists paint portraits, others prefer landscapes. Jerri Bergen, however, paints noses--of aircraft.

Piper celebrates 75 years

Article | Nov 12, 2012

Hundreds of people were on hand and 84 aircraft - including Piper products that represented the company's lineage going back to the J-3 Cub - flew in to help Piper Aircraft Inc. celebrate its seventy-fifth anniversary Nov. 9 through 11.

Aviation-themed park debuts at SC airport

Article | Nov 02, 2012

Walk through an entranceway fashioned from an aircraft fuselage, picnic, watch aircraft, play in an aviation-themed playground, or stroll along "walking runways" or a "perimeter taxiway" at this park.