July 1, 2011
AOPA Publications staff
STORIES WITH ENHANCED CONTENT
Come along with Editor at Large Tom Horne as he takes the Crossover Classic, our 2011 sweepstakes Cessna 182 , from an aged disco queen to a speedy steed that will make any owner proud. In this online video, Horne starts with the purchase process, celebrates the sale, flies its first cross-country, rips out the dated interior, strips off the nasty paint job, refurbishes the interior, adds fantastic avionics, picks out a new paint scheme, and shows off at the airshows. The Classic is winner-ready!
Affair of the Heart
Meet Charles Stites and his dog Sophie. What’s so interesting about this man and his dog? Well, Sophie probably helped save Stites’ life and Stites, through dogged determination and follow-through, saved his medical certificate. In this online video, Stites discusses how he got his medical certificate back after heart problems.
Brits Invade Florida
Editor in Chief Tom Haines interviews Piper Aircraft Executive Vice President Randy Groom about Piper’s first jet project, the Altaire, in this online video. Groom is one of a group of executives who bring wide-ranging expertise in building business jets to Piper from Hawker-Beechcraft Corp. and others.
Safety and Education,
Pilot Health and Medical,
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
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