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Test Pilot

Article | Nov 07, 2014

What was America’s first production turboprop-powered airplane?

Top 10 reasons to come home to Frederick

Article | Sep 23, 2014

A high-adrenaline aerobatic demonstration, warbird rides, and gourmet food trucks are among the highlights of AOPA’s Homecoming Fly-In at Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland Oct. 4.

Homecoming Fly-In: General aviation in action

Article | Sep 09, 2014

AOPA is bringing the celebration of general aviation to its home in Frederick, Maryland, for the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4.

Keeping the history in historic

Article | Sep 08, 2014

The historic aircraft that fill Chino Airport don’t restore and maintain themselves. A cadre of dedicated owners, pilots, and mechanics keeps them airworthy and exercised.

Letters: Tall Tale (That’s True)

Pilot Magazine | Sep 04, 2014

The rare warbirds Senior Editor Dave Hirschman found on a Texas ranch—and the story of their owner—elicited many comments from our members.

‘Battle of Britain’ movie airplanes sold

Article | Aug 28, 2014

The rare fighters from the 1969 Battle of Britain movie have been sold to restorers in the United States and Europe, according to the agent handling the sale.

Fun in the Southern California sun

Article | Aug 19, 2014

Southern California is the place to be as AOPA makes final preparations for the Chino Fly-In on Sept. 20. Chino Airport is about 40 nautical miles east of Los Angeles.

Plymouth Fly-In

Pilot Magazine | Aug 08, 2014

Blue skies and temperatures in the 70s greeted the more than 2,300 visitors to the third AOPA fly-in in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Saturday, July 12.

The Bonanza goes to war

Pilot Magazine | Aug 06, 2014

Few students of the Vietnam War know much about the QU–22B Pave Eagle, the most unusual Bonanza you’ve never seen. Well, it’s mostly Bonanza; the highly modified airframe has a number of unique parts. Only 27 were built, plus six predecessor YQU–22A models.

Pup redux

Article | Aug 05, 2014

Pilot Glenn Burt has the rakish grin, twinkling eye, and handlebar mustache to match his vintage Royal Flying Corps uniform with full effect.

'One heck of a week'

Article | Aug 04, 2014

Experimental Aircraft Association Chairman Jack Pelton said Aug. 3 that AirVenture 2014 was one of the best in years, and previewed coming attractions for 2015.

Fly-Ins: Indianapolis

Article | Aug 04, 2014

Three dozen pilots camped under their wings at Indianapolis Regional Airport the evening before the second AOPA Regional Fly-In of the year. Another 500 aircraft and more than 2,000 attendees joined May 31, including students pilots; families with generations of pilots; and area pilots, EAA chapters, and Civil Air Patrol members who volunteered to cook, direct traffic, and park airplanes.<

TALL TALE [ that’s true ]

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

Hang around aircraft restorers and you’ll inevitably hear tales of priceless historical relics hidden in barns, buried in shrink wrap, or otherwise stuck in time awaiting discovery.

WomenVenture to celebrate seventh year at EAA AirVenture

Article | Jul 22, 2014

Women attending EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, can participate in a slate of events focused on excitement and career possibilities within the aviation community.

Tall tale: Historical relics hidden in barns, awaiting discovery

Video | Jul 07, 2014

Warbirds to depart Edwards Ranch

Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina

Video | Jul 01, 2014

Barry Schiff flies the PBY and thinks it should be included into the group of famous warbirds.

AOPA Live This Week - June 26, 2014

Video | Jun 25, 2014

We fly the Howard 500. The breakfast bunch flies a C-45 named Chow Hound. The USA Today debacle continues. The National Park Service clamps down on drones.

Chow Hounds

Article | Jun 23, 2014

Bob Trinque has done as much to support general aviation as just about any pilot.

Plymouth Airport Chow Hounds DE

Video | Jun 11, 2014

For 24 years, Bob Trinque has been flying friends to breakfast in The Chow Hound, a C-45.

Debonair to debut new paint scheme at Indy

Article | May 21, 2014

AOPA's freshly painted Sweepstakes Debonair, a seven-eighths scale P-51 Mustang, Curtiss JN-4 Jenny replica, and other rare aircraft will be on display for pilots to ogle at the Indianapolis Regional Fly-In May 31. Plus, go for a flight in a B-17 Flying Fortress, Fairchild PT-26 Cornell, Consolidated Vultee BT-13 Valiant, Boeing PT-17 Stearman Kaydet, or Pitts S2C.

Top 10 reasons to attend AOPA’s Indy Fly-In

Article | May 21, 2014

AOPA’s second regional fly-in of the year, Indianapolis on May 31, is shaping up to be a grand event with plenty of fun, flying, and food. Check out these top 10 reasons you won’t want to miss the fly-in.

A rare bird: The ‘Hot Stuff’ PV-2 Harpoon

Article | May 14, 2014

Hot Stuff turns heads on ramps wherever it goes. The warbird’s twin tails are a hallmark of the famous B-25 Mitchell bomber, but Hot Stuff has a tailwheel instead of nosewheel. It’s a rare Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon.

The crush and the rush

Pilot Magazine | May 13, 2014

I pick up Bones’ Yak streaking below me in the opposite direction, 6,000 feet above the Southern California desert.

CAF headquarters moving to Dallas Executive

Article | Apr 29, 2014

The Commemorative Air Force will move its headquarters to Dallas Executive Airport, where the organization plans to build a world-class, $40 million aviation attraction.

AOPA Fly-ins: Indianapolis

Pilot Magazine | Apr 10, 2014

The airport’s FBO, Indy Jet; Indianapolis-area EAA chapters; and the Indianapolis Aviation Authority are working with AOPA to make the May 31 fly-in an event to remember.

Sticking around San Marcos? There's a lot to do

Article | Apr 07, 2014

If you're planning to spend some time in San Marcos, Texas, for AOPA's regional fly-in, these suggestions may inspire you to get to know the city a little better.

AOPA offers safety seminars, more at Sun ‘n Fun

Article | Mar 20, 2014

Seminars at AOPA’s expanded Sun ‘n Fun campus feature safety topics presented by the Air Safety Institute, John and Martha King, and flight instructor and author Rod Machado.

Briefing: Spend a Saturday with AOPA

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

For the first time in its seventy-five year history, AOPA will meet its members where they fly and share the joy of flight at a series of one-day regional fly-ins.

Historic FAA DC-3 moving to new home in Texas

Article | Feb 05, 2014

A Douglas DC-3 retired by the FAA is moving to its new home at the Texas Air & Space Museum in Amarillo.

History on parade

Pilot Magazine | Jan 23, 2014

For 50 years, members of the Commemorative Air Force have gathered each fall to present an airshow featuring the organization’s vintage military aircraft.

Pilot Briefing: AOPA announces fly in locations and dates

Pilot Magazine | Jan 23, 2014

For the first time in its 75-year history, AOPA will meet its members where they fly and share the joy of flight at a series of one-day regional fly-ins.

Visual Approach

Pilot Magazine | Jan 06, 2014

From any perspective, the Boeing B–17G Flying Fortress is an impressive machine.

Can airshows come back?

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Airshows in the United States have endured many setbacks in their long history, but no single season has brought as much adversity as 2013.

CAF members vote to move HQ

Article | Nov 26, 2013

The Commemorative Air Force will announce a new headquarters location.

Meeting Mr. Baker

Pilot Magazine | Nov 19, 2013

They came to Texas to meet the new guy—AOPA’s 2013 Aviation Summit was held for the first time in the center of the country, but the draw wasn’t longhorns and beefsteak.

Preserving a lost art

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

I’m concentrating so intently during this formation checkride that my whole world is reduced to lining up two small and normally unrelated objects: the lead airplane’s aileron hinge and spinner.

Warbirds, weather headline 50th CAF Airsho

Article | Oct 16, 2013

Vintage aircraft and the weather steal the show at the Commemorative Air Force's 50th Airsho.

Country star rocks Summit

Slideshow | Oct 11, 2013

Country music star Aaron Tippin performed a patriotic tribute to the military and shared his own flying adventures during an Oct. 10 concert.

Summit shaping up to be Texas-sized

Slideshow | Oct 09, 2013

The old saying, "Everything's bigger in Texas," is holding true for AOPA Aviation Summit 2013. About 400 exhibitors are filling the Fort Worth Convention Center in Texas, and nearly 100 aircraft are flying in to Fort Worth Meacham International Airport for the static display at Airportfest.

Fly in 'Fifi,' other warbirds at Summit

Article | Oct 02, 2013

The Commemorative Air Force AirPower History Tour and Cavanaugh Flight Museum will have warbirds on display and give flights at AOPA Aviation Summit in Fort Worth, Texas.

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.