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.

Globetrotter

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.

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.