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Pride of WWII

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

Distraught by the attack on Pearl Harbor and a series of defeats in the Pacific, America desperately needed a victory during the early months of World War II to bolster morale at home and give a shot in the arm to U.S. armed forces struggling to contain Japan’s drive across the Pacific.

Fly-Outs: July

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

It's July and summer is in full swing. What a great time to celebrate your freedom to fly.

Technique: Running on empty

Article | Mar 01, 2010

We’ve all heard the maxim—“The only time there’s too much fuel in an airplane is when it’s on fire.” That’s not entirely true, of course, but carrying an insufficient amount of fuel, or not being able to get it to the engine(s), has been a frustratingly persistent cause of aircraft accidents for generations. About 200 GA accidents in the past five years were attributed to pilots running out of fuel, according to the AOPA Air Safety Foundation.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2010

There’s not a lot of demand for a Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT type rating, given that only three of the 13,700-pound aircraft still fly, but nine pilots have completed the course since it was first offered at Arizona’s Grand Canyon Valle Airport in 2008. Ford Tri-Motor N414H is owned by John Siebold, owner of the airport, who once owned Scenic Airlines and Grand Canyon Airlines.

Frugal Flyer: Finding a tailwind

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2010

In the world of compromises known as aviation, it’s rare for all indications to point in one direction. But while planning a recent flight from the Madison, Wisconsin, area home to Frederick, Maryland, in AOPA’s 2009 Sweepstakes Cirrus SR22, all signs pointed the same way to an economical trip: Higher! Sure, aircraft engines consume less fuel (and make less power) as they breathe thinner air at high altitudes.

Enjoy the View

Article | May 01, 2009

The first time I saw Post Mills Airport (2B9) in Vermont was in 1984, back when I was in high school and dreamed of the pilot certificate I would have some day. Seeing airplanes tied down beside a runway made of grass changed my understanding of what an airport could be.

Proficient Pilot: Home is where the heart is

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

Barry Schiff has logged more than 27,000 flight hours in 300 types of aircraft. I was a 13-year-old kid when I first stepped onto Clover Field, now known as Santa Monica Airport (SMO).

Childhood Dreams

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

“I’ve been infatuated with airplanes since I was really, really little.” Super Corsair owner Robert Odegaard says. One of his earliest memories is when he was about two or three years old, running from his mother’s arms to the living room window for a better view of a noisy yellow Stearman, spraying the family’s fields near Fargo, North Dakota.

Vibrant Community

Article | Aug 01, 2007

A picture-perfect morning greets the Clermont County Airport in Batavia, Ohio. All you can hear is the static sound of the interstate a few miles away and birds chirping incessantly.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2006

The dawn of human-powered flight You might think you need Lance Armstrong's quads to attempt human-powered flight, but a group in Canada says you really don't need to be a seven-time Tour de France winner to leave the ground. The project is the brainchild of a retired research scientist with an appropriate last name, Richard Synergy, of Toronto, Canada.