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Fly-Outs: Wings over the vines

Article | Mar 01, 2011

Prepare to be transported. Land at the friendliest little airport in Virginia—Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport (JGG)—travel just one mile to Wedmore Place at the Williamsburg Winery and take a step back in time.


Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

By the time I leveled off at 11,000 feet, a quick glance at the Garmin 530 showed that I was only 20 minutes from Freeport, Bahamas—20 more minutes of deep blue Caribbean below me. My Bonanza is a headwind magnet, but today we were tooling along with about 20 knots on the tail, so the miles to dry land were ticking by quickly.

AOPA’s Haines to receive Bahamas travel writer honors

Article | Dec 01, 2010

AOPA Senior Vice President and Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines has been named Bahamas Travel Writer of the Year by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation.

The place to be

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

It’s hard to imagine the balmy sea breezes of Southern California sitting here in my Frederick, Maryland, office on a day so hot and humid that eggs could fry on sidewalks and even the most fanatic flier can’t fathom stepping into his or her trusty Cessna 172. All the opening of the windows and/or doors and starting up the engine will do is move the oppressive air around, but provide no relief.

Fly-Outs: September

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

RIR Flabob AirportRiverside, California Glasair Aviation and Flabob Airport will co-host the Glasair Fly-In, marking the thirtieth anniversary of the debut of the Glasair design, September 10 through 13. Officials at Glasair are anticipating at least 50 Glasairs and 30 Glastars and Sportsmen at the airport for the weekend.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

FAA plan charts modernization through 2018 The FAA recently released its updated implementation plan for the transition to a modernized air transportation system. The plan outlines how the agency will act on recommendations from the industry and continue to expand satellite-based navigation and surveillance.

Pilot Counsel:

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2010

There is a relatively little known federal law called the Equal Access To Justice Act (EAJA) that benefits, and should continue to benefit, aircraft owners and pilots. It was enacted in 1980 to help persons who fight the government to recover attorneys’ fees and other costs if the government was not justified in taking action against them in the first place.

The Lucky Ones

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2008

In the 51 years since AOPA gave away its first prize airplanes on national TV, winners have received brand-new aircraft and painstakingly restored antiques. The fortunate few have won singles and twins, fixed gear and retractable models, fabric-covered and metal airplanes.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2007

FAA awards ADS-B contract Mark your calendar for 2020. The FAA recently awarded an ITT Corporation team the $1.8 billion contract to build and operate the automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) ground infrastructure.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2007

First VLJ show draws nearly all manufacturers Seven airframe manufacturers and a cadre of curious buyers and potential buyers attended the VLJ Exhibition and Trade Show at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in North Carolina on March 4. Produced and promoted by JetPool, the first-ever event was held in one of Wilson Air Center's hangars.

California Flying

Article | Feb 01, 2007

"Heaven ain't Las Vegas, but I can think of somewhere worse." — U-Haul by Reneé Austin"For the first time last year, shows, restaurants, and motels brought in more than gambling." — Doug McNeeley, North Las Vegas Airport manager These quotes say a lot about Las Vegas. Some see it as the planet's primary party place; recent homebuyers regard their rapidly growing city of 545,147 residents as a sunny place to live, with a thriving economy.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2006

New CRS Report Will Help AOPA's Efforts to Protect GA in Security Debate A new Congressional Research Service report, "Securing General Aviation," adds considerable ammunition to AOPA's lobbying efforts to make sure GA is treated fairly and rationally in any new security legislation. "This report from Congress' highly respected research agency provides an unbiased, realistic view of both the minimal threat that light GA aircraft represent and the significant social and economic impacts of ill-considered security regulations," said Andy Cebula, AOPA executive vice president of government affairs.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2006

Barry Schiff has logged more than 26,000 hours in 300 types of aircraft. The 155 passengers aboard an All Nippon Airways Flight last January probably had no concept of the jeopardy in which they had been placed by the fickle finger of fate while en route from Miyazaki to Itami, Japan.

AOPA Expo 2005

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2006

Members say Expo is everything they expected...and more "This is by far the best convention I have ever been to," exclaimed Wes Kilgore, of Gadsden, Alabama, as he enjoyed the balmy breezes off Tampa Bay and listened to Calypso music at Friday night's "Pirate's Party." AOPA Expo 2005 landed in Tampa in November, and general aviation celebrated the good life with sunny skies, a waterfront location, and perfect 75-degree Fahrenheit weather. Bill Young, program manager of Platinum Sponsor DTC DUAT, jokingly took credit for the spectacular weather.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2006

Mineta Discusses ADIZ, User Fees at AOPA Expo Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta announced on November 3 that he directed the FAA to extend the comment period to February 6 and hold an AOPA-requested public meeting on its plan to make the Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) permanent. Mineta's announcement, made during the opening general session of AOPA Expo 2005 in Tampa, came one day after the close of the original comment period.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2005

When longtime pilot and author Richard Axelrod went to a warbird owners awards dinner, he was struck by the diversity of the people present. He decided to find out what, if anything, they had in common.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2005

AOPA Input Helps Shape Radically Updated Flight Service The requirements for the flight service station contract won by Lockheed Martin on February 1 are the direct result of AOPA's involvement to protect the interests of general aviation pilots in the outsourcing study (see "President's Position: FS21," March Pilot). AOPA asked for — and received — a role in the so-called "A-76" study, named for the government publication that outlines how outsourcing studies are to be done.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2004

Firms ready for Light-Sport Aircraft initiative Imagine you were getting ready to run in a glorious footrace that had been talked about for a decade. The stands are starting to fill with people, but the judges haven't told you when it will start.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2004

Transportation Security Officials to Use GA Recommendations for New Guidelines In a tacit acknowledgement of the wide range of security requirements at general aviation airports and the wisdom of asking the people who know, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently accepted proposed guidelines from a general aviation panel on ways to improve GA airport security. AOPA's Airport Watch program is the backbone of the new FAA security guidelines, which are the work of a special committee made up of representatives from AOPA and virtually every facet of the aviation industry.

Member Guide

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2003

AOPA ASF Keeping your skills up to date The AOPA Air Safety Foundation's interactive online courses offer a free and easy way to keep your pilot skills updated. All have been approved by the FAA for Wings Pilot Proficiency Awards Program credit and offer official completion certificates suitable for framing.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2003

Judge dismisses Cessna product liability suit After years of legal wrangling, Cessna Aircraft Company has prevailed in the latest challenge to a 1994 law written to revitalize the general aviation industry. The ruling in Arizona set precedent after the judge denied the plaintiffs' arguments for exceptions to this relatively simple but groundbreaking change in the product liability world.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2002

AOPA Continues Fight to Keep GA From Becoming Security Scapegoat As 2002 draws to a close, AOPA staff members remain nearly as busy as in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, dealing with a whole new group of players who are attempting to regulate where — or if — you will be allowed to fly in the National Airspace System (NAS). Professional sports entities are pressing to prohibit flights near stadiums despite new rules from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the FAA (see "FAA Adopts AOPA-Proposed Clarifications of 'Blanket Stadium Notam'," page 18).

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2002

AOPA Contradicts FAA's GA Forecast Numbers, Sees Brighter Future In a major address before industry leaders in April, AOPA President Phil Boyer disputed new FAA figures forecasting a decline in the number of student pilots. Boyer told participants that the erroneous forecast could drag down the entire GA industry just as it is struggling to recover from restrictions imposed after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2002

New Mexico Scientist Wins AOPA 2001 Membership Sweepstakes Bonanza A scientist from Los Alamos, New Mexico, has won the 2001 AOPA Membership Sweepstakes Beechcraft Bonanza. The sleek 1966 V35 model had been transformed over the past year into the highest-technology aircraft ever awarded by AOPA.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2002

AOPA Expo Celebrates Return of GAPilots Push Airport Preservation, GA Restoration At AOPA Expo 2001 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in November, nearly 10,000 pilots and their friends and families celebrated the return of general aviation to "normal" — or as near to normal as possible following the September 11 terrorist attacks. This year's AOPA Expo also emphasized the need to preserve airports and educate government officials and the public.