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Pilot Briefing

Article | Dec 01, 2010

Virgin Galactic ‘Enterprise’ completes glide test The suborbital commercial tourist spaceship VSS (Virgin Spaceship) Enterprise—also known as SpaceShipTwo—owned by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company completed its first unpowered glide test October 10. You can see a video of the flight on the Virgin Galactic website.

Answers for Pilots: Alaska!

Article | Jun 01, 2010

It’s June and flying activity is in full swing in Alaska! For those of us in the lower 48 states, flying there can be the adventure of a lifetime. If a trip of this magnitude is on your radar, here is some practical information to help make that dream a reality.

Technique: Seeking your own level

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2009

Where do you go—high or low—when picking an altitude for flight? The right altitude may seem obvious at first glance. But you may gather information and find yourself torn between factors that tell you to go high and others that say to fly lower.

Answers for Pilots: Some like it hot

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2008

Two general aviation pilots flying VFR through an active military operations area (MOA) recently experienced close encounters with F-16s in two separate incidents. Conflicts like these encourage us to review the rules for flying in special use airspace.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

Oldest Boeing returns to the air Scud running in 1928 was no safer than it is now, but a pilot tried it in a monster biplane called a Boeing 40C that flew passengers in an enclosed cabin and the mail. The pilot sat in the breeze of an open cockpit.

Proposed N.C. MOA would limit flight over Outer Banks

Article | Nov 01, 2007

Proposed N.C. MOA would limit flight over Outer Banks AOPA opposes the Marines' proposed Core Military Operations Area (MOA) near the Outer Banks because it would squeeze general aviation into a narrow corridor.

Topics Airspace, SUA

FAA aims to establish new GPS route in Georgia

Article | Jun 01, 2007

FAA aims to establish new GPS route in Georgia For nearly a decade, AOPA has been pushing for low-altitude T routes through busy airspace for GPS-equipped aircraft. Now the FAA is proposing to establish one near Augusta, Georgia.

California Flying

Article | Apr 01, 2007

Surfing has grown so much since Jan and Dean sang Surf City in 1963 that schools in Southern California have surfing teams. It makes sense — schools in the upper Midwest have ice hockey teams.

AOPA Pilot - Technique

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2006

A compass, a clock, and a sectional chart "Meanwhile, Pancho Barnes was following the pilot's friend, the iron compass — railroad tracks. The pilots all agreed that they were never lost, simply momentarily disoriented." — The Powder Puff Derby of 1929 by Gene Nora Jessen Once, during my youth, I flew a 1947 Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser from Corpus Christi, Texas, to Soldotna, Alaska.

40 Top Technologies

Article | Aug 01, 2006

Attitude heading reference system (AHRS) The future of attitude and directional control during instrument flight lies in a more stable, nearly bulletproof device: the solid-state attitude heading reference system. AHRS is an inertial system that uses MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) gyros and accelerometers to determine roll, pitch, and heading in dynamic conditions.