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.
The Type Club Coalition is the latest group to join AOPA in urging a quick review of proposed reforms to the third class medical.
Aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin stirred the pot with an Oct. 15 announcement that compact fusion could power vehicles, even aircraft, within a decade. Skeptics were quick to speak up, while Lockheed filed for patents and hopes to find partners in government, academia, and industry.
Elbit Systems has upgraded infrared systems that see through darkness and weather for nearly visual landings and takeoffs, as well as taxi operations.
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