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Astronaut with GA roots prepares new generation of explorers

Article | Feb 27, 2012

The main engines lit six seconds before liftoff, filling the space shuttle Discovery with a low rumble. Liftoff was instant. NASA astronaut Nicole Stott's second trip to space was a highlight of a space flight career launched, in many ways, by a Skybolt.

Deaf pilot spreads the word: You can fly

Article | Jan 25, 2012

Greg Lawrence's aviation career, logging 3,000 hours over the course of nearly a half century, would be relatively unremarkable by general aviation standards, but for one thing.

AOPA fields team of talented representatives

Advocacy | Jan 03, 2012

The new crew is ready for takeoff. The mission: build strong local general aviation communities and strengthen AOPA's relationships with state and local governments across the country.

April 1, 2011, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition' newsletter

Article | Apr 01, 2011

Training Tips: Practical pattern politics; FLIGHT TRAINING NEWS: California instructor named CFI of the Year; AOPA News: Spread out your premium payments; Trainning Products: Zuluboard Mini Economy kneeboard; Final Exam question: Question: What does LAHSO mean and can a student pilot accept one?

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2010

Reading Rod Machado’s column about fuel gauges (“License to Learn: Show Me the Money,” January 2010 AOPA Pilot), I was reminded of one of the most bizarre experiences of my aviation career. (Keep writing, Rod; I am approaching the point where I can use all the reminders I can get.) My ex-wife and I were visiting South Africa with friends Jack and Donna.

Turbine Pilot: Old Idea, New Terms

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2009

The transition from piston aircraft pilot to commander of a turboprop or even a pure jet often demands a variety of new skills based on concepts first learned during private pilot training. Consider the efforts to sort out the differences between a glass cockpit and one with steam gauges.

Answers for Pilots: Threats of enforcement

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2008

The FAA has included new language into temporary flight restriction (TFR) notams that has gotten AOPA’s guard up, by stating that criminal penalties can be assessed as the result of violations. AOPA had feared that the FAA would seek criminal penalties against anyone who violated a TFR—even if the incursion was inadvertent—and called on the FAA to clarify its intentions.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2007

FAA funding debate: Congress listens That was an excellent article in last month's AOPA Pilot ("FAA Funding Debate: Congress Listens," June Pilot). I haven't been so involved in an issue that affects aviation like this in years even though my aviation career is almost over.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2007

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines has flown FTDs and simulators for many models of aircraft over the past 20 years.

AOPA Online Members Only -- AOPA ePilot Flight Training Edition -- Vol. 7, Issue 22

Article | Jun 01, 2007

To view the AOPA ePilot archives, click here. Volume 7, Issue 22 • June 1, 2007 In this issue:Michigan College helps Cessna reach milestoneSoar into the flight levels with AOPA Career PilotSet your approach to AOPA's Fly-In and Open House This ePilot Flight Training Edition is sponsored by Advertisers Do not reply to this e-mail.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2006

The boss says fly! I read your recent article ("The Boss Says Fly!" February Pilot) and I was wondering if AOPA would be able to assist my employer in the steps we would take to set up a company flying club like the ones you mentioned in the article. My boss (and the president of the company) has urged me to research this project, and I was hoping that you might be able to at least steer me in the right direction.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2006

Like many middle-aged pilots, Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines sometimes wonders what life might have been like flying for the airlines.

Never Again Online: Hurricane fool

Article | Sep 01, 2005

As an aspiring professional pilot living in southern Florida I had committed myself to building actual instrument time. I flew in the system, had flown several approaches to minimums as pilot in command, and achieved my commercial ticket at a great flight school.

Pilots

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2005

Iris Critchell began a 65-year-long exciting and successful career in aviation in 1939. She was one of the few women, nationwide, accepted into the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP) at the University of Southern California.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2005

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines travels throughout the country in his A36 Bonanza.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2004

Captain Barry Schiff retired from Trans World Airlines in 1998 after a 34-year career. The road through life presents a fascinating series of forks, turns, and twists that often takes us to unlikely and unpredictable destinations.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2003

Iditarod Air Force to the rescue Each year nearly 70 dog-mushing teams race across Alaska's frozen landscape more than 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome to re-create a dog-team run of medicine nearly 100 years ago that quelled an epidemic — only this year Alaska wasn't quite so frozen. With the Iditarod Trial Sled Dog Race set to start on March 1, organizers decided in mid-February to move the race to central Alaska where temperatures were lower.

AOPA Online Members Only -- AOPA ePilot--Vol. 4, Issue 44

Article | Nov 01, 2002

Volume 4, Issue 44 • November 1, 2002 In this issue: NTSB releases report on Engen, Ivans glider crash Yeager retires after amazing career AOPA appeal restores island flying waiver Advertisers Got news? Contact ePilot. Having difficulty using this service? Visit the ePilot Frequently Asked Questions now at AOPA Online or write to epilot@aopa.org.

Turbine Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2002

Avoiding confusion in the cockpit We hear a lot about CRM (crew resource management) and about the value it can bring to the safe operation of an aircraft. However, there is a flip side to CRM that is worth considering.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2001

My wife and I flew a Piper Tri-Pacer from Fort Worth, Texas, to my sister's home in Washington, D.C., on December 22, 1952, to visit my mother for the last time before she passed away from cancer. L was a young, struggling flight instructor, and this was the third time in three months that my boss had graciously lent me one of his airplanes and given me the time off to make the trip.