Dave Hirschman

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Cessna 185 Skywagon: Brawny, backcountry workhorse

Pilot Magazine | 2015, 05 13

Few single-engine piston airplanes can comfortably haul four adults in and out of rough, 1,200-foot airstrips.


Pilot Magazine | 2015, 05 13

Bill Harrelson’s weight-class world record flight over both the north and south poles almost ended before it began.

Nik Oekerman

Article | 2015, 04 13

Learning quickly and under pressure is nothing new to Nik Oekerman. The former Navy corpsman who served two combat tours in Iraq has faced more than his share of life-threatening situations. He welcomes the challenge of intensive flight training!

P&E: Technique

Pilot Magazine | 2015, 04 06

This takeoff made me nervous, even though the performance tables in the pilot’s operating handbook assured me there would be plenty of margin.

P&E: Avionics

Pilot Magazine | 2015, 04 06

It seems like the tail wagging the dog, but iPad apps that sell for $150 a year or less are beginning to drive avionics purchases that may total tens of thousands of dollars.

Wyoming transformations

Pilot Magazine | 2015, 03 11

Afton, Wyoming—Before their transformations can begin, the worn, hard-flown Cessna 152s selected for the AOPA “You Can Fly” program must get to this mountain valley.

P&E: Proficiency

Pilot Magazine | 2015, 03 10

Six general aviation pilots who live near sea level had strikingly different reactions to hypoxia when exposed to the rarefied air at the AirDocs high-altitude training chamber at Western Michigan University.

P&E: Frugal Flier

Pilot Magazine | 2015, 03 10

The adage that “A clean airplane is a safe airplane” has some truth in it.

Ageless aviators

Pilot Magazine | 2015, 03 10

Even in Florida, where Ponce de Leon searched in vain for a fountain of youth, the Mavericks know there’s no such thing.

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.