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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.

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.