June 1, 2011
AOPA Publications staff
STORIES WITH ENHANCED CONTENT
The stylized photography that accompanies AOPA President Craig Fuller’s State of the Association report features many of the people from the great stories we have featured in AOPA Pilot, Flight Training, and on AOPA Live over the past year. They reflect the spirit of “Rally GA” as they include videos from our series on how general aviation serves America, interviews with industry leaders and movers and shakers, and insights into how aviation impacts life in these United States. Meet “Miracle on the Hudson” passenger Clay Presley and learn why he decided to get his pilot certificate; meet pilot Wilma Melville, founder of the National Search Dog Foundation; hear actor/pilot Harrison Ford describe his passion for GA; meet the people who helped clean up the Gulf oil spill disaster: and many more in this collection of video stories.
Prime Time for the Jabiru
The Florida elements couldn’t stop our team from reporting on the the Jabiru LSA. Senior Editor Al Marsh flew the rugged Australian import, Senior Photographer Mike Fizer captured the photography, and videographer Dan Pixton shot this pilot report.
Skydiver, former fighter pilot, member of the U.S. Aerobatic team, Red Bull Air Race pilot, and current airshow, airline, and Reno air race pilot—Mike Mangold has excelled at every type of flying. Hear him in this video as he discusses air racing and other extreme feats of aviation.
State of the Association
More information about AOPA’s history and mission and financial statements will be available online in a digital edition of the State of Association annual report.
Will Medicare pay for This?
Senior Editor Dave Hirschman spends some time with A&P mechanic Adrian Eichhorn as he puts a Bonanza through its annual, a medical exam for aircraft using an unlikely tool—a dental and surgical endoscope. See where we go in this video.
Piper Pressure Points
Editor in Chief Tom Haines interviews Piper Aircraft Executive Vice President Randy Groom about the long history and new features of Piper Aircraft and the Piper Mirage. Pressurization and a roomy cabin make the Mirage very turbine-esque, as you’ll see in this video.
A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.
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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