November 1, 2011
AOPA Publications staff
What better way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest than from the cockpit of a de Havilland Beaver? Kenmore Air has been flying Beavers and Twin Otters in the blue skies of Seattle—oh, the rainy skies, too—for more than 60 years. Seattle-ite Jason Paur grew up hearing the hum of those Pratt & Whitneys and gets to fly a Beaver for the first time in our feature story. Enjoy his experience and a day in the life at Kenmore Air in this online video.
Walking Back On
Jane Wicker missed wing walking, so when the idea struck her again, up she went. And up we went with video camera in hand to record the amazing stunts and feats of daring only an accomplished wing walker can execute. You're going to be amazed.
We Have a Winner!
First—we’re sorry it wasn’t you. But Crossover Classic winner Eric Short certainly provided some interesting video footage when we met him at Dulles International Airport in the middle of the night. Would you have reacted the same? See this video to compare.
The 5-Percent Solution
Learn how a pilot’s unexpected use-tax bill added momentum to the battle to save Maine from the tax man in this online video.
Flight for Survival
General aviation’s versatility can be a lifesaver for remote areas hit by natural disasters. We flew in with Bahamas Habitat relief airplanes after the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene. See the successes of a GA mission in this online video.
How does a fixed-wing engine-loving pilot take to flying gliders? Let’s ask Dave Hirschman how it feels to be powerless in this online video.
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.
If you wanted to visit Jekyll Island in the early 1900s, you would have been out of luck unless your name appeared on a social registry with the likes of the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and Pulitzers. Now, all are welcome. Consider stopping by while you are in the area for AOPA's St. Simon Fly-In Nov. 8.
Does automation lead to a lack of professionalism? The acting NTSB chief thinks it does, and calls for a new approach to the man-machine interface.
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