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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.

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.

Dogfight: Experimental versus Standard

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2011

Editor at Large Tom Horne and Senior Editor Dave Hirschman have a lot of things in common: lots of ratings, lots of experience in lots of airplane models - and lots of opinions (and similar haircuts). We last turned them loose on the topic of running the tank dry on occasion and the response to two different schools of thought garnered some of our most interesting musings from a large number of readers. So with a "Dogfight" this month regarding lean vs. rich of peak, we hope you'll enjoy these two takes on a topic - and let us know what you think, too.

Rally GA: So you want to have a fly-in?

Article | Jun 01, 2011

Imagine a sky full of Golden Age museum pieces, the thunder of splendid warbirds, the buzz of lightplanes, and a ramp lined with these monuments from aviation history. This vision danced in our heads like the sugar plums they were.

Cessna L–19 Bird Dog: A soldier’s best friend

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2011

Cessna's Model 305 became better known as the L-19 Bird Dog - an apt name because of how well it enabled pilots and their rear-seat observers to search for and locate enemy ground positions. Once found, such targets were identified and their locations radioed to those who would respond with an air assault, artillery, or ground troops. When enemy ground troops spotted a Bird Dog flying low and overhead, it gave them good reason to believe that something bad might soon happen. Although the L–19's slow speed made it vulnerable to ground fire, enemy soldiers often would not shoot at one for fear of revealing their position.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2011

The B–17’s four cranky Wright engines coughed and barked to life one by one, each leaving a trail of gray exhaust until all nine of the cylinders could agree that, yes, we’re going flying today. The staccato of the big radials broke the early morning’s quiet, commanding attention from everyone in the Sun ’n Fun Fly-In’s warbird area.

Never Again:

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2011

I fondly remember many memorable flights with my dad when I was a little boy. No matter what the circumstance, he always seemed to be as cool as a cucumber.

Flying Yellowstone and ‘The Grand’

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2011

Fog and rain left behind by storms that delayed my airline flight the previous evening fill the mountain-ringed bowl of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

The disagreeing articles on pattern entries (“Dogfight: Pattern Entry,” January 2011 AOPA Pilot) prompted me to comment. I agree with Dave Hirschman in principle (less time in the air and less radio chatter is good), but I have to disagree that “The Bonanza pilot’s pattern entry procedure is time-honored, FAA approved.” I have yet to see any approval for anything other than the 45-degree entry to the downwind.