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AOPA Insurance offers guidance to pilots, owners

Article | Aug 01, 2013

AOPA Insurance Services representatives have played instrumental roles in EAA AirVenture 2013 panels, offering advice on insurance protection for pilots and aircraft owners and covering topics that include the right level of aircraft coverage and risk management for aircraft.

Safety Pilot: Set-up stall

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Distraction is almost always a factor during an accident sequence. Nowhere is there likely to be more distraction than when arriving at a fly-in where there are many more aircraft than usual to avoid. Pilots need to be on their game and recognize that even though special ATC procedures are in effect, standard aerodynamic rules still apply. In this loss-of-control accident, the NTSB’s determination was predictable. But there was also a systemic flaw, in my view, and the arrival procedure in use was the precipitating event.

Big jets a no-show at AirVenture

Article | Aug 01, 2013

Military displays and airshow acts nowhere to be found at EAA AirVenture, thanks to federal budget cuts known as "sequestration."

Commemorative Air Force narrows list of potential headquarters

Article | Aug 01, 2013

The Commemorative Air Force narrows down its list of potential new headquarters locations to eight.

EAA, CAF to hold heavy bomber weekend

Article | Jul 16, 2013

The Experimental Aircraft Association and Commemorative Air Force are holding a “Heavy Bomber Weekend,” a rare gathering of historic World War II aircraft.

East/West Fly Off

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

The Beech T–34 and Nanchang CJ–6 were built at the same time for the same purpose--military flight training--yet the two airplanes are a study in contrasts.

Fly in for Ohio benefit race

Article | May 30, 2013

Pilots can fly in to Portage County Airport in Ravenna, Ohio, on June 8; run in a race; and attend pay tribute to Col. William Marsh "Bill" Bower, who was the last surviving pilot in command of World War II's Doolittle Tokyo Raiders and a Ravenna native.

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.

Graves encourages GA activism

Article | Apr 13, 2013

Pleased with the success of a House of Representatives campaign to garner support opposing a federal $100-per-flight user fee for general aviation, Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) encouraged Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo attendees to assure that their representative and senators are members of the respective GA caucuses.

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.

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."

Meet AOPA AV8RS member Tyler Hoppe

AV8RS | Dec 01, 2012

Tyler Hoppe says he got hooked on aviation on his first commercial flight. But that feeling of flight is what has kept his interest soaring.

Last flying B-29 grounded by engine trouble

Article | Nov 16, 2012

The Commemorative Air Force is seeking donations to replace a bad engine on the B-29 Superfortress "Fifi," the last airworthy (pending repairs) B-29 left in the world.

Pilot, city commissioner honored with Let’s Go Flying Award

Article | Oct 11, 2012

Jamie Beckett of Winter Haven, Fla., is the recipient of AOPA's 2012 Let's Go Flying Award for his efforts in promoting and defending general aviation. The award was presented Oct. 11 during AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, Calif.

Glimpse the warbird display in a flash

Article | Jul 25, 2012

'Glacier Girl,' F4U Corsairs, P-51s, a B-25, B-17, MiG-21, L-19 Bird Dog, and F8 Bearcat are just a few of the aircraft showcases in this year's warbird display at EAA AirVenture. Here's a 360-degree look.

Fly-Outs: Warbirds with dinner

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

How about an aviation history lesson and a first-class meal?

Groundswell of opposition halts bid to ground warbirds

Article | Apr 30, 2012

The nation's airworthy warbirds have survived, for now, another attempt to knock them out of the sky. Warbird operators and enthusiasts bombarded lawmakers with calls and letters as word spread of a proposed amendment to defense legislation that would have grounded vintage military aircraft.

GA roots focus of Graves' town hall

Advocacy | Apr 02, 2012

Protecting pilots and antique aircraft, the beginning and foundation of general aviation, were the focus of a town hall hosted by Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) March 31 at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla.

Youth serves the future of the Commemorative Air Force

Article | Mar 31, 2012

The Commemorative Air Force has grown from a small band of pilots who purchased a P-51 in 1957 into a world leader in warbirds, with 9,000 members operating 156 vintage aircraft to honor American military aviation history and heritage. As the organization looks to the future, the door has been opened to the next generation willing and able to take up the mission.

Safety Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

Sorry to say that at this late date, we're still occasionally attempting to stay aloft on low-octane air--and just about the time you think you've heard it all, there's a different twist.