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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2003

Burnet airport is home to the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Highland Lakes Squadron At the moment, I wished I were flying a seaplane. On a typical thermal-filled Texas summer day, letting down on Lake Buchanan's inviting waters looked like the cool thing to do.

California Flying

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2003

The locals call it simply Paso because El Paso de Robles ("The Pass of the Oaks") has more syllables than can be easily said. A small town located a dozen miles inland from Morro Bay and the famous section of State Highway 1 that progresses up the Big Sur coast, Paso straddles Highway 101 and the Salinas River.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2003

Aviation Specialties' GATS jar Did you know that some state laws (including Florida's) prohibit dumping on the ground any fuel sumped from aircraft tanks? When you take a sample of fuel, you typically drain six to 12 ounces (cumulative) into the fuel tester from the drain points on a given aircraft. This amounts to roughly 3 million gallons of fuel poured — and wasted — onto airport property each year, according to Aviation Specialties, manufacturer of the GATS (gasoline analysis test separator) jar.


Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2003

Mark R. Twombly co-owns a Piper Twin Comanche that is sometimes based in Florida.

California Flying

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2002

The awful events of September 11, 2001, hammered the airline industry. Estimates say that 100,000 airline employees have been laid off in the past six months.

Going F.A.S.T.

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2002

The four-ship stack of airplanes slaloms through the sky in extended trail over the Chesapeake Bay. Two Nanchang CJ-6As couple with two Yakovlev Yak 52s and follow the leader as though through gates down a snow-covered ski run.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2002

Flying in formation takes caution, planning, and skill — and flying formation in the skies over summer airshows also requires a special kind of training. Last fall, AOPA Pilot Associate Editor Julie K.

California Flying

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2001

Ripples from the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks are strangling general aviation in California a week after the event. At one small California airport, VFR restrictions have stopped cash flow and fliers have stopped spending.

California Flying

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2001

Nearly 60 years ago Wally Reichelt bought a 1930 American Eagle Eaglet airplane for $1,250. An Eaglet is a very light, fabric-covered, parasol-configured monoplane with a maximum gross weight of 882 pounds.

California Flying

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2001

She caught "the bug" in her early childhood when she would ride in the lap of her uncle at the controls of a light twin flying over the pastoral landscape near Buffalo, New York. She would continue to experience the symptoms when, during her teen years, she and a beau would spend countless hours watching airplanes come and go at what is now western Pennsylvania's Pittsburgh International Airport.


Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2001

Mark R. Twombly is an aviator writer and columnist for AOPA Pilot and AOPA Flight Training magazines.

California Flying

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2000

The Camarillo Airport seems to be a vortex, drawing airplanes during the VFR weekends of the long California flying season. To anyone who is uninitiated to the nonstop flying action so common at this coastal airport, it may seem as if Camarillo hosts a come-one-come-all fly-in every weekend.

Rocketing Out of Obscurity

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2000

Figure this out on your E6B: At 500 knots and a 60,000-foot-per-minute initial climb rate, you are (a) in awe; (b) well behind the airplane; (c) high above show center in a couple of nanoseconds. The correct answer, of course, is (d) — all of the above.

Flying History

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2000

What is it about the sight and sounds of a Douglas DC–3 that universally evokes such nostalgia? Is it the distinctive wheeze of its 14-cylinder Pratt & Whitney radial engines as they first strain to turn those giant three-blade propellers? Is it the familiar puff of white smoke from behind the cowl as the engine signals it's about to come alive? Or perhaps it's simply our innermost desire to return to the glory days of aviation. This same desire was strong enough to bring together a group of pilots in late July with an offer to fly a DC–3 from Prescott, Arizona, to Oshkosh for EAA AirVenture 2000.

California Flying

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2000

Years ago, San Diego’s North County area had a reputation for plenty of sunshine, great surfing, lots of golf courses, and not much else. The sun, the surfing, and the golf are still abundant, but now there are plenty of newer attractions for pilots and their families.

California Flying

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1999

Pete Bonofiglio, with his Czech-built Aero L-29 Delfin jet trainer, is a pilot for whom blue sky is an ever-present beacon. With some 30,000 hours in his logbooks, the retired Delta captain is always ready to roll.

Mustangs and Legends

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 1999

Fifty-five years ago the North American P-51 Mustang defended freedom. What's it defending now? Itself.


Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 1999

Overbuilt, slow, but a joy to fly It just wasn't as fast as it looked. This sad, true, but overly simple phrase is the requiem expressed by those who have not learned the secrets of the Navion.


Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 1999

Smiling pilots The article "Ercoupe Pilots Smile a Lot" (November 1998 Pilot) was excellent. Credit for the complete restoration of this beautiful blue 'Coupe goes to John Wright Sr.


Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 1998

An airplane, a tent, and two weeks to explore the country Have you ever wondered about just topping off and crossing the whole country, exploring the geographic fabric of America? It's not difficult to fly beyond your sectional into new horizons. For my wife and me, it's become a summer ritual in our Grumman Cheetah.

Papa Louie, the Old Radio, and Flying

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 1998

When I was a very young boy, my father and I had a plan. Maybe it was just so much blue-sky dreaming, but it was our plan, and it was great.

Weekend Biplanes

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 1998

Dave Cleveland wheels his Waco UPF-7 out of the hangar and a crowd gathers. The brilliant red biplane would look at home on static display, yet Cleveland frets over a bit of oil on the belly, some dust on the cowling.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 1997

Paris air show The Paris Air Show, traditionally a showcase for military and airline hardware, this year featured a number of developments on the general aviation front. The biggest news involved the record sale of new Cessna Citations to Executive Jets' NetJets fractional ownership fleet.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 1996

Garmin GPSMAP 195 While the warbird procession and the return of Bob Hoover fired up the flightline at Oshkosh this past August, there seemed to be just as much excitement and as many ooohs-and-aahs at the latest offerings from the GPS manufacturers inside the exhibition hangars. One particular product at Garmin's booth created quite a stir — the GPSMap 195, a model that joins the growing field of cartography-equipped moving- map handhelds.