Dave Hirschman

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My toughest student

Pilot Magazine | 2015, 02 04

My most challenging flight student was the one I wanted most to succeed: My mom, Wilma Melville.

Pilot Briefing: 2015 Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | 2015, 02 04

The canary yellow AOPA Reimagined 152 looked right at home on the ramp at the 2015 Light Sport Aviation Expo, but FAA rules needlessly set it apart.

Bahamas Fishing Adventure: Fresh catch

Pilot Magazine | 2015, 01 12

The indescribably blue ocean around the Bahamas is intriguing from any height, but when seen from the close proximity of a seaplane, it dazzles.

The Meridian Club: Luxury, with a runway

Pilot Magazine | 2015, 01 12

A luxury hotel at one of the world’s most idyllic beaches sees its paved, 2,500-foot runway both as part of its heritage, and a key to its future.

P&E Frugal Flier

Pilot Magazine | 2015, 01 09

I recently had the pleasure of changing the spark plugs in the Lycoming O-320 that powers my Experimental Van’s Aircraft RV–4, and, for a change, it really was a pleasure.

P&E Technique

Pilot Magazine | 2015, 01 09

“Simulated electrical fire,” I said. “What are you going to do?”

Pilot Briefing: 2015 Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | 2015, 01 09

The “Reimagined” AOPA 2015 Sweepstakes 152 was built on an overly optimistic forecast.

Pilot Briefing: 2015 Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 12 05

Larry Hill’s face lights up as a slight tug on N152UC’s yoke causes the AOPA Sweepstakes 152 airplane to ease off the ground and into the air at AOPA’s home base in Frederick, Maryland.

FAA site makes finding notams easier

Article | 2014, 12 03

Finding the notams relevant to your planned flights just got easier. The FAA's new online search tool streamlines the burdensome and confusing process of wading through scores of safety notices filled with obscure acronyms.

Controlling the situation

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 12 01

How ATC worked together in the aftermath of the Chicago Center fire

Sweepstakes 2015: Meet your new 152

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 11 12

Your “Reimagined” AOPA 2015 Sweepstakes 152 is just like all the 30-something trainers you’ve ever flown—and it’s nothing like them.

P&E/Frugal Flier: Aircraft logs you just can’t lose

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 11 07

If you’ve ever felt a pit in your stomach when searching for—and not immediately finding—your aircraft logbooks, there’s now a solution for that.

Debrief: Blade flier Jeffrey Cain

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 11 07

Flying vintage biplanes requires pilots to develop an intuitive feel for their aircraft and keen rudder acuity. But can a double-leg amputee develop such sensitivity?

'ATC Zero': Inside the Chicago Center fire

Article | 2014, 11 06

Without warning, radar scopes went dark and radio frequencies fell silent. In the basement of Chicago Center early Sept. 26, investigators say a contract employee destroyed the communications network, forcing an “ATC Zero” situation. Controllers from Chicago and around the nation banded together to overcome the act of destruction.

Technology: iPad best practices

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 10 07

As the quantity and variety of flight-related information on tablets increases, the question for pilots becomes how best to employ them without becoming overwhelmed.

AOPA surprises Debonair winner in the air

Article | 2014, 10 05

The AOPA 2014 Sweepstakes Debonair was awarded Oct. 5 to Steve Lagergren of rural Litchfield, Minnesota, after an elaborate ruse in which the much sought-after and highly customized airplane was delivered to him in the sky near his home airport.

Presidents meet in Wyoming

Article | 2014, 09 11

The first fly-in meeting of the Young Presidents' Organization's Aviation Network drew more than 150 people to Alpine Airpark, an upscale fly-in community in the natural beauty of far western Wyoming.

Sweepstakes 2015: GA Aircraft Reimagined

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 09 08

Among the many exotic aircraft at the world’s largest airshow, a once-common Cessna 152 trainer at the AOPA tent at AirVenture drew more than its share of curiosity.

Pilots: AOPA Ambassador R. Anderson 'Andy' Pew

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 09 08

As AOPA’s longest serving board member, R. Anderson “Andy” Pew has helped guide the organization through times of tailwinds and turbulence.

P&E Frugal Flier: iPad screen protection

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 09 05

As iPads become ever more central to flying, accessories that make them work better in the cockpit take on new importance.

P&E Technology: Smarter smartphone photos

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 09 05

The smartphones that have become our constant flying companions also are fairly sophisticated still and video cameras.

‘Battle of Britain’ movie airplanes sold

Article | 2014, 08 28

The rare fighters from the 1969 Battle of Britain movie have been sold to restorers in the United States and Europe, according to the agent handling the sale.

P&E Avionics: Touché

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 08 07

The Touch’s 10.6-inch screen dominated the narrow Carbon Cub panel.

P&E/A&P: Early warning of valve trouble

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 08 07

In a development that could improve the safety and reliability of piston aircraft engines, Savvy Analysis founder Mike Busch has created an automated warning system for impending exhaust valve failures.

Pilots: Helen Cernik, Piston Single Ferry Pilot

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 08 05

Helen Cernik has made a dozen ocean crossings (nine Atlantic and three Pacific) in single-engine piston aircraft, mostly Cirrus SR22s and SR20s.