November 1, 2010
By Julie Summers Walker
What’s it like to cruise smoothly around a beautiful, rugged island in a classic Waco biplane, the wind kissing your cheeks and the rumble of the big radial making music as you fly? Ask Senior Editor Dave Hirschman, who experienced this epic flight around Maine’s Mount Desert Island on a gorgeous autumn afternoon. View this online video and slideshow, which celebrates the freedom flying gives us to enjoy spectacular vistas only general aviation can deliver.
www.aopa.org/pilot Keyword: Epic Flight in Maine
Senior Editor Al Marsh and Chief Photographer Mike Fizer visited Mississippi and Louisiana this summer to see the work that general aviation did in helping to clean up the BP oil spill. Fly along in this online video as the Civil Air Patrol completes its final mission.
www.aopa.org/pilot Keyword: Above the Spill
It took awhile, but 2011 sweepstakes project manager Tom Horne finally found the Cessna 182 that will become next year’s giveaway airplane. Follow along with him to see the chosen airplane’s prebuy inspection, purchase, and first flight in this online video. You’ll also see the buyer’s and seller’s emotional “dances” on the way to sealing the deal.
www.aopa.org/pilot Keyword: Sweeps 2011
Can an upside-down Cirrus right itself at the touch of a button? Watch as we put the “straight & level” button on Avidyne’s new DFC90 autopilot to an extreme test.
www.aopa.org/pilot Keyword: Avidyne DFC90 Autopilot
AOPA Director of Publications and Managing Editor for AOPA Pilot and Flight Training, Julie Summers Walker joined AOPA in 1998. She is a student pilot still working toward her solo.
Among the very first lessons a pilot learns is that a control yoke is not a steering wheel. Research underway in Europe could change that.
AOPA President Mark Baker and AOPA Foundation Executive Director Jim Minow are challenging one another to see who can recruit the most Hat in the Ring Society members for the foundation before the end of the year.
Two general aviation airports located two miles apart in a remote section of northeast Oregon are coming alive, thanks to pilots and area residents.
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