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Wonderful Wacos

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

--> The first glimmer of dawn is beginning to lighten the eastern horizon as I lower myself into the Waco YMF-5D at W.K. Kellogg Airport in western Michigan.

Fly-Outs: July

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

It's July and summer is in full swing. What a great time to celebrate your freedom to fly.

Pilotage

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

The airplane has been parked on the sweltering ramp since 10:45 this morning. The shades I tucked between the front windshield and dash are blocking the worst of the sun’s blistering rays, but even so that cabin will be turkey-roasting hot when I pop the door open in about an hour.

Fly-Outs: June

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

Calling all dads! June is the month to celebrate your dad and what better way to honor the old man than with an aviation event, cross-country, or road trip? From the unusual to the sublime—if you have a pilot in your midst, you can go just about anywhere with your father. Enjoy dad this month at one of these events or check our online calendar for other ideas.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

The first day you fly your new airplane is a day you will never forget. At 43 years old, I decided to fulfill a lifelong dream and learn to fly.

Tin Goose

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

Personal letters arriving in the U.S. mail are so rare these days that when one arrives it’s guaranteed to draw my attention.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

Editor at Large Tom Horne got a taste of the test-pilot life when he went to Diamond’s Canadian factory to fly the company’s new D-JET (“Turbine Pilot: Dawn of the D-JET”). Because the airplane is in the pre-production prototype stage, only a few test pilots had been flying it as of early August 2009—when Horne made the voyage.

Member Guide

Article | Oct 01, 2009

Answers for Pilots: Logbooks Logbooks mean many things to pilots—sentimental diaries of cherished time in the sky; reminders of people from years past who shared the cockpit with us; fond memories of aircraft we flew and destinations we enjoyed; journals of lessons learned. Logbooks, of course, also have a practical use, which includes keeping a record of time and training toward currency, and to demonstrate eligibility for additional certificates and ratings.

B-25D 'Grumpy' retraces WWII flight path

Article | Sep 01, 2009

The route across Canada and the North Atlantic that World War II ferry pilots used to supply the Allies with aircraft and supplies is active once again: A restored B-25D Mitchell is retracing the route.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2009

NATIONAL New caucus educates lawmakers on GA issues A new congressional caucus to help ensure the future of general aviation, founded and co-chaired by Reps. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.) and Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.), is picking up steam as members of Congress in key aviation-related committees add their names to the ranks of those supporting GA.

Pilots: Tony Buechler

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2009

Tony Buechler took his first airplane ride in a P–51 Mustang. No joke.

Airshows expect record 2009 attendance

Article | Apr 01, 2009

The airshow industry launched its 2009 season last month with strong attendance at the Florida International AirShow.

Let's Go Flying: Youth Movement

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

A flaming red sunset begins to take hold over the nearby Pacific Ocean as a graceful, long-winged motorglider appears over Santa Paula Airport. After several low passes and tight, precise patterns, the single-seat aircraft that resembles a baby U-2 touches down on its single main wheel and taxis to the open door of a hangar beside the single, east-west runway.

Never Again: Glider Passenger

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2008

We all enjoy sharing our flying obsession, and usually those flights in which we introduce aviation to friends or family members go smoothly because we make extra efforts to ensure that our guests have comfortable, pleasurable flying experiences. But even the best-laid plans can go awry.

A Stearman Smile

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2008

I have Doug DeVries to thank. He is making a movie called The Stearman Spirit, and he remembered my book, The Cannibal Queen.

Turbine Edition: Acquisitions

Article | Oct 01, 2008

For the guy who has everything OK, Father’s Day rolled around again and you, once again, committed the buy-him-a-tie copout. Now nears a landmark birthday.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2008

Barnstorming is catching on A new fad called “barnstorming” is catching on. It seems that pilots are flying town to town offering airplane rides.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2008

Thielert bankrupt: Founder Frank Thielert fired by executive board, company to be restructured After three years of investigation, suspicions about the financial health of Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH (TAE) culminated in late April with the company’s filing for bankruptcy, the termination of founder Frank Thielert as chief operating officer, and a renewed criminal investigation against both Thielert and management board members. At issue is an “urgent liquidity crisis” according to a detailed report in Defense Industry Daily.

AOPA's Get Your Glass Sweepstakes: More Than Skin Deep

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2008

Engine overhaul. Just saying these two costly words strikes fear in the heart of aircraft owners everywhere.

America's Airports: In the Conch Republic

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2008

The week leading up to Christmas is a quiet time in Key West, Florida. “The calm before the storm,” Joshua Pavia calls it.

Safety Pilot: What makes an aircraft old

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2007

Bruce Landsberg is the executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. News flash: a generation of aircraft is getting older.

The Great Circle Air Safari

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2007

I'm at 29 degrees south latitude, 134 degrees east longitude, at 3,500 feet above sea level, traveling southeast at an airspeed of 90 mph, and I'm cold, very cold. These coordinates place me roughly in the middle of the great Australian Outback, in the open cockpit of a 1942 Stearman biplane.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2007

AOPA Pilot Editor in Chief Tom Haines owns a Beechcraft Bonanza A36. Five hundred dollars versus $15,000.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2007

Cirrus, Cessna, Diamond top piston manufacturers First-quarter numbers from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) show Cirrus Design topping Cessna Aircraft in piston-engine aircraft shipments; Cirrus had 144 and Cessna 133. But closing not far behind was Diamond Aircraft with 115 shipments in the first quarter, including 42 DA42 Twin Star aircraft.