Dave Hirschman

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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.