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Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2005

Made in America It's hard to buy anything totally American made these days. The auto business has become confusing to the point where it takes research to find out where your bumpers originated.

Flying With Passion

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2005

The military aircraft are flying close together, nose to tail. "Red Lead, Red Two has a bogey at 2 o'clock." The airplane in front rocks its wings, and all the aircraft smoothly maneuver into a fingertip formation.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2005

Laser pilot-warning system goes into effect If you're flying in the Washington, D.C., area and you see a strange light on the ground that quickly flashes red-red-green, it means you're special. You've been selected as the latest pilot to violate restricted airspace.

Welcome to Moontown

Article | May 01, 2005

The red Alabama clay is packed hard into a surface solid enough for lawn bowling — at just shy of 2,200 feet long this grass strip makes an excellent partner whether you're flying an old Piper Cub or an old Mooney. Whether you're as light as a Quicksilver or Blanik, or as heavy as a "Big Annie" Antonov AN-2, slip down below the ridgeline to the west, get down to just a few feet over the hayfield on short final, flare just past the runway end lights — this is a 24-hour operation — and roll onto the smooth grass.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2005

Monster Garage star flies a sports car The Discovery Channel's Monster Garage television show is all about making ridiculously powerful one-of-a-kind machines in ridiculously short periods of time. In five days' time the show's star, Jesse James, and crew converted a donated $90,000 Panoz Esperante sports car built at the Panoz Automobile Company near Atlanta into a flying car and launched it on a 5-foot-high hop on February 25 at the Currituck County Airport not far from Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

On Display

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2005

Assessing the latest traffic avoidance systems Art as well as science plays an important part in detecting traffic, whether you use a high-dollar system or the eyeballs originally issued to you. And while artists typically like to spread their paint around, the art of collision avoidance you practice in the airplane should keep your paint in one place.

On Display

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2004

Garmin challenges its competitors once again Two years ago Garmin's GPSMap 196 shocked the portable-GPS market with a $1,000 receiver that navigates on land, sea, or in the air ("Triple Play: The Garmin GPSMap 196," October 2002 Pilot). Still on the market, it features instrument approaches and a Panel page of realistic aircraft instruments that can be used to make a crude localizer-like approach (it is not certified for IFR flight).

Spitfire for 2

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2004

When Bill Greenwood of Aspen, Colorado, decided to buy a warbird he was a 450-hour Mooney pilot with zero tailwheel time. He realized that with his limited experience, he would need something a little more docile to fly than most warbirds.


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.