October 1, 2010
By Julie Summers Walker
The Air Up There
Mike Collins loaded up his camera and his notebooks to tackle a tough assignment in the New Mexico desert. He’d have to rise before the sun, look to the skies all day, and maybe even share a glass of mandatory champagne—when you cover the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, it’s a tough gig. In between the exhausting experience of recording the beauty of early morning hot air balloon ascensions and sharing the camaraderie of balloonists from all over the world, Collins captured the excitement and drama of hot air ballooning in this online video. www.aopa.org/pilot (keyword: balloon fiesta)
Featured story: Something to Savor
Senior Editor Dave Hirschman is a big fan of Van’s Aircraft—he’s the proud owner of a Van’s RV–3. So it didn’t take much coercing to get him in the air in the new RV–12 light sport aircraft with Van’s East Coast rep Mitch Lock. Mike Collins captures Hirschman’s experience in this online video.
www.aopa.org/pilot (keyword: Van’s RV–12)
Out of Space
Ride along with the crew of the space shuttle Atlantis in the full-motion simulator as they practice emergency procedures in this online video by Jason Paur.
www.aopa.org/pilot (keyword: Space Shuttle)
Meet the founder of the Veterans Airlift Command in this AOPA Live video.
www.aopa.org/pilot (keyword: Walter Fricke)
Turbine Pilot: King Air C90GTx
Editor at Large Tom Horne flies the King Air C90GTx in this online video.
www.aopa.org/pilot (keyword: King Air C90GTx)
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.
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