January 1, 2012
By AOPA Communications staff
A single FBO offers all this: aerial tours of the Grand Canyon; a chance to shoot down an aerial foe in mock combat using world-class Extra 330LT aerobatic aircraft; a flight school; and aircraft maintenance. View the video for more excitement than a casino.
Air Mobile Joe
When the TV show Extreme Makeover chose missionary Joe Hurston for a new home, its producers also decided to upgrade the Cessna 337 Skymaster Hurston uses to deliver water purifying equipment and other critical supplies throughout the Caribbean. Watch the video to see the airplane, which looks sharp with a new interior and paint job.
Swearingen’s SX300 Experimental hot rod can fly high or low and cover long distances with exceptional speed and efficiency. Author Rick Durden became enamored with the four-seat, 300-horsepower bullet during a series of flights that included long-range IFR and local yanking and banking. A slideshow of photography shows the beauty of this aircraft.
Favorite Cover of 2011
See our readers’ top choice for favorite AOPA Pilot magazine cover of 2011—and prepare to be as surprised by the results as the AOPA staff. (Hint: A Bonanza over Greenland’s Disko Bay didn’t make the cut, and neither did our 2011 Sweepstakes “Crossover Classic” Cessna 182.) See all of our 2011 covers in this slideshow. Which would you have chosen?
At Your Fingertips
Now there’s an app for the digital edition of AOPA Pilot magazine made especially for the iPad and iPod. If you’re among the legions of pilots who consider an iPad essential equipment, you won’t want to miss this. Editor in Chief Tom Haines explains all of the unique features in this video.
Pilot Training and Certification,
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
Ice protection and a gross weight increase are improving the utility of the Lancair Evolution turboprop, according to Doug Meyer, CEO of the Oregon aircraft kit manufacturer.
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