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Warbird community mourns two

Article | Feb 08, 2016

Jeff Pino, who led Sikorsky from 2006 to 2012, and Nicholas Tramontano, also a warbird owner and pilot, had departed Stellar Airpark in Chandler, Arizona, for a sightseeing flight Feb. 5 in Pino's vintage P-51 Mustang, which crashed and burned for unknown reasons.

Budget-friendly aviation gift guide

Article | Nov 18, 2015

The holiday season is here, and there are a variety of aviation-oriented gifts to keep pilots happy and safe without breaking the budget of friends, loved ones, or fellow pilots.

Pelton named EAA CEO

Article | Nov 11, 2015

Jack Pelton has been named CEO of the Experimental Aircraft Association, after serving for three years as its volunteer chairman.

Letters From Our October Issue

Pilot Magazine | Nov 10, 2015

Have complicated modern avionics affected airmanship? Barry Schiff’s take on the subject struck a chord with readers.

Pilot Getaways: Earn a floatplane rating vintage style

Article | Nov 09, 2015

If you’ve never flown a Piper J-3 Cub (or if it’s just been a while), you can try your hand at the stick while earning your seaplane rating at Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base in quiet central Florida.

Pilot Briefing: Gift Guide

Pilot Magazine | Nov 03, 2015

Collapsible, gadget and gear, hangar fliers

Beech central

Article | Oct 06, 2015

The Beechcraft Heritage Museum will host AOPA's final 2015 Regional Fly-In on Oct. 10 at Tullahoma Regional Airport in Tennessee.

'Doc' needs help to fly

Article | Sep 30, 2015

Volunteers restoring the B-29 Superfortress Doc have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money needed for the flight test program.

Travel Airs fly 1,000 miles to homecoming

Article | Sep 29, 2015

Five Travel Airs, all of them 86 to 88 years old, flew more than 1,000 statute miles to honor the ninetieth anniversary of the founding of the famous manufacturer.

Tony Hawk hosts Sky Combat Ace premiere

Article | Sep 22, 2015

World-renowned former pro skateboarder Tony Hawk will help host the grand opening for aerial battle specialists Sky Combat Ace during their San Diego location premier Sept. 26.

'From barnstormers to jets'

Advocacy | Sep 21, 2015

A Texas airport named for a pioneering aviation family is marking a century of continuous operation in 2015.

Doc's heart is beating again

Article | Sep 18, 2015

For the first time in decades, Doc, a B-29 in restoration, started all four engines on Sept. 18, although engine No. 2 was a little reluctant.

Bringing history to life

Article | Sep 17, 2015

“Most people would see that and say, ‘Take anything you can get,’” said WestPac President Bill Klaers, pointing to a mangled section of a Lockheed P-38 Lightning. At WestPac Restorations in Colorado Springs, however, it’s the start of a project.

'Cannibal Queen' honors vets

Article | Sep 11, 2015

The Boeing Stearman "Cannibal Queen," made famous by author Stephen Coonts in a book by the same name, spent Labor Day taking World War II veterans for a ride.

Airplanes arrive in droves for Antique Airplane Association fly-in

Article | Sep 09, 2015

Hundreds of antique and classic aircraft, including Curtiss Robins, Stinsons, Fairchilds, Wacos, Howards, and a rare Bentzen Sport, descended on Antique Airfield's 2,350-foot main turf runway Sept. 2 through 7 for the Antique Airplane Association/Airpower Museum fly-in in Iowa.

Fire spares vintage aircraft

Article | Sep 03, 2015

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, a Rhinebeck, New York, destination where airshows feature replica and vintage aircraft, is recovering from a fire.

P&E: Dogfight

Pilot Magazine | Sep 03, 2015

Editor at Large Dave Hirschman and frequent contributor Chip Wright debate the merits of glass versus steam.

Safety Spotlight: A sign of things to come?

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2015

Pilots lament the glacial pace of progress when it comes to installing affordable modern technology and equipment into the cockpits of their aircraft.

Loose part downed Ford

Article | Aug 11, 2015

Harrison Ford lost power and landed short of the runway on March 5 because of a failure within the vintage airplane’s carburetor, the NTSB found.

Super Cub: 'The airplane that started it all'

Article | Aug 10, 2015

The aviation world owes much to an easy-to-overlook Piper Super Cub that will be on display at the AOPA Fly-In at Anoka County-Blaine Airport in Blaine, Minnesota, on Aug. 22. The airplane painstakingly restored to its original 1950 condition is the first PA-18 ever built, N5410H.

FAA resumes approving vintage aircraft for paid pax flights

Advocacy | Jul 22, 2015

Organizations that hope to offer the public paid rides in vintage warbirds and other historically significant aircraft may once again petition the FAA for permission.

'Welcome to Oshkosh'

Article | Jul 19, 2015

Pilots who had arrived early to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, basked in the warm, sunny weather, lying on the grass along the flight line and beneath aircraft wings as they watched their fellow aviators arrive on Runways 36R and 36L.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Jul 19, 2015

For clubs looking for an affordable, tricycle-gear LSA to train new pilots or transition existing ones to Sport Pilot, the Ercoupe may be just what you’re looking for. The twin-tail and bubble canopy will attract your eye, but the linked rudder and ailerons and design to prevent stalls are what make it noteworthy. It has proved a popular plane for the Green Castle Aero Club in Oxford, Iowa, and Chief Instructor Terry Koehn shares the club’s experience with the airplane that was far ahead of its time.

Many hands lift historic aircraft

Article | Jul 09, 2015

The Douglas C-47 Skytrain that led the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944, drew a huge following, and donations that went beyond dollars.