November 1, 2008
Machteld A. Smith
Where do the presidential candidates stand on key aviation issues, and how do their positions stack up against each other? What should we expect from Congress regarding user fees and FAA funding? And how can your vote on November 4 strengthen the future of general aviation? Let us help you explore the issues and answers. Be informed when you go to the polls. Remember, you have the power—your vote counts.
The gorgeous 1942 Boeing Stearman that shared an adventurous summer with aviation novelist Stephen Coonts—inspiring his book about that journey, The Cannibal Queen—will be the subject of a movie called The Stearman Spirit, another Doug DeVries film in the works (see “ The Great Circle Air Safari,” September 2007, AOPA Pilot). While the Stearman film is still in production DeVries and his partner Mark Schoening recently completed the Great Arctic Air Adventure in two de Havilland Beavers on floats. Enjoy their adventures as they have shared them with us.
Interested in a GA trip around the world, but don’t have the time? No problem. AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne takes you on a flying adventure of a lifetime with Air Journey LLC through words, photos, and a slide show. See the striking locales come to life.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to own or fly a turbine aircraft? If you’re curious about dimensions, cabin and cockpit layouts, how fast they fly, or what they cost to own and operate—we’ve got answers. AOPA Pilot has compiled a directory of single-pilot turbine aircraft with photos and all the nitty-gritty details you should know.
Logan Flood’s story in the October issue of AOPA Pilot and on AOPA’s Web site received an overwhelming response. It spawned poignant reactions to Flood’s courageous recovery—and his remarkable stamina—to achieve his lifelong goal of becoming an airline pilot after surviving a terrible aircraft accident several years ago. Read the blog and member reactions, and listen to his story online.
Movies and Television,
Aircraft Power and Fuel,
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
The Aircraft Spotlight feature looks at an airplane type and evaluates it across six areas of particular interest to flying clubs and their members: Operating Cost, Maintenance, Insurability, Training, Cross-Country, and Fun Factor.
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