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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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2006

A T-REX is born Scientists are unleashing a multi-pronged effort to understand the structure and evolution of some of nature's most powerful and mysterious forces: mountain waves. This represents a high-tech follow-on to earlier projects where gutsy glider pilots risked their skins by exploring the waves firsthand (see "In the Lee of Giants," December 2001 Pilot).

Saving Aircraft Inc.

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2006

To find Chino Airport, drive an hour east of Los Angeles, turn south at Ontario, California, and when you reach the 1,000th Holstein milk cow on the right, you're there. A short distance from that cow is The Air Museum: Planes of Fame; some 25,000 people find it every year to attend shows on aviation history, see historic aircraft fly, and see aircraft from all eras in restoration.

Up and Out

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2005

Last year, Pilot published an article on VFR arrivals (see "Approaching the Airport," May 2004 Pilot), describing how best to approach an airport in visual conditions, and in response received the following e-mail from flight instructor Mark Hutchins in Virginia: "As a person who flies in and out of the traffic pattern a lot, I appreciate your article on pattern entry. I hope you will do an article on VFR departures from a nontowered field.


Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2005

Mark R. Twombly has been reporting on general aviation for more than 20 years.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2005

When longtime pilot and author Richard Axelrod went to a warbird owners awards dinner, he was struck by the diversity of the people present. He decided to find out what, if anything, they had in common.

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 | 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.