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Laser defense for pilots

Article | Nov 12, 2014

A thin film made with a cutting-edge technique could soon render laser attacks on cockpits harmless.

Cool Stuff WingBoard

Article | Nov 07, 2014

It resembles a wakeboard, but instead of being pulled by a boat, it’s pulled by an airplane.

Eyes in the sky

Article | Oct 21, 2014

Here’s a riddle: What job requires a private pilot certificate, but never asks you to leave the ground?

Briefing: ‘Battle of Britain’ movie airplanes sold

Pilot Magazine | Oct 03, 2014

The rare fighters from the 1969 Battle of Britain movie have been sold to restorers in the United States and Europe, according to the agent handling the sale.

FAA approves six companies for unmanned aircraft filming

Article | Oct 02, 2014

The FAA on Sept. 25 granted requests from six aerial photo and video production companies to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for film and television.

Air Force flying club expands membership to civilians

Article | Sep 22, 2014

The Robins Aero Club has opened membership to civilians in the Georgia area as a way to survive.

Santa Paula, California: The town time forgot

Article | Sep 17, 2014

The Santa Paula, California, airport evokes an old-time airfield, complete with antique airplanes dating back almost a century. Consider visiting the field when you attend the AOPA Fly-In at Chino, California, on Sept. 20.

Casting begins for 'Air Fare America'

Article | Sep 11, 2014

Television show Air Fare America has opened a casting call for a pilot, a chef, and a picker/hangar rat.

‘Battle of Britain’ movie airplanes sold

Article | Aug 28, 2014

The rare fighters from the 1969 Battle of Britain movie have been sold to restorers in the United States and Europe, according to the agent handling the sale.

Adrenaline insider

Article | Aug 19, 2014

Red Bull celebrates National Aviation Day with the first in a series of profiles of the Red Bull Air Force extreme athletes.

'Air Boss' takes No. 1 spot on iTunes Reality TV charts

Article | Aug 12, 2014

New reality docuseries Air Boss debuted at No. 1 on iTunes' Reality TV charts.

World premiere set for Bob Hoover documentary

Article | Aug 06, 2014

A documentary on legendary airshow pilot Bob Hoover is about to make its world premiere.

Briefing: Dusty flies again

Pilot Magazine | Aug 06, 2014

The action may be animated, but the production team behind Disney’s new film Planes 2: Fire and Rescue, sequel to the 2013 animated feature Planes, strove to keep every detail as realistic as possible.

Pilots: Helen Cernik, Piston Single Ferry Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Aug 05, 2014

Helen Cernik has made a dozen ocean crossings (nine Atlantic and three Pacific) in single-engine piston aircraft, mostly Cirrus SR22s and SR20s.

License to Learn: Media mania

Article | Aug 05, 2014

My approval/disapproval relationship (mostly disapproval) with the news-entertainment industry began in 1978, when a TV news anchor described how a collision occurred between a Boeing 727 and a Cessna 172 over San Diego.

Fly Well: Is your wiring firing correctly?

Pilot Magazine | Aug 05, 2014

Don’t blow a fuse from overload; let’s explore a few common and interesting human wiring issues.

Happenstance leads to WWI film

Article | Aug 04, 2014

A chance sighting in a book store led to the making of a documentary film about a group of college students who formed what became the basis for U.S. air power in both world wars.

Disney’s 'Planes' at AOPA tent

Article | Jul 23, 2014

Kids attending EAA AirVenture can join crop duster/air racer/firefighter Dusty Crophopper from Disney's "Planes: Fire and Rescue" for activities on the AOPA campus.

Animated firefighting

Article | Jul 07, 2014

The makers of Disney's Planes: Fire and Rescue strove to keep the animated action as realistic as possible.

Garmin tackles ‘misinformation’ on hacking aircraft avionics

Article | Jun 18, 2014

With much publicity the past several months focusing on hacking and security breaches—in the media, TV shows, and movies—Garmin is setting the record straight on the myths around one such possible breach: hacking aircraft avionics.

Companies seek approval for unmanned aerial filming

Article | Jun 04, 2014

Seven aerial photo and video production companies are asking the FAA for permission to use small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for television and movie filming, the FAA announced June 2.

Fresh search for Lost Patrol

Article | Apr 24, 2014

The vanishing of five U.S. Navy aircraft in 1945 remains one of the legendary mysteries of aviation, one that may soon be solved.

Never again: Snakes alive!

Pilot Magazine | Apr 08, 2014

Once upon a time, two men were flying in a Bonanza across Florida, from St. Petersburg to Vero Beach. It was a warm day, VFR weather, but with occasional isolated showers that are typical of that part of the country.

A plane-crazy America

Pilot Magazine | Apr 08, 2014

The realization may not immediately spring to mind, but the fact is that general aviation’s mass appeal has always been powerful over the past 100-plus years.