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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.

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.

'Less of a stunt, more of a sport'

Article | Mar 20, 2014

A California man has moved to Europe to make a mark on the extreme sports world, mastering the art of filming fellow wingsuiters in flight.

Time traveler

Pilot Magazine | Mar 11, 2014

The last of the 1.5 gallons of oil chugs into the left engine’s tank, satisfying the big Pratt & Whitney R-985—for now.

Pilots: Steve Stafford

Pilot Magazine | Mar 06, 2014

Pilots who saw the 1998 motion picture, Six Days, Seven Nights, might have wondered how a de Havilland Beaver could be ditched near the rugged shoreline of Kauai.

Documentary chronicles earliest combat pilots

Article | Mar 06, 2014

A documentary film tells the story of the “first to fly and the first to die for the United States in the Great War.”

Journalist Miles O’Brien loses arm to accident

Article | Feb 26, 2014

Surgeons amputated the left arm of PBS science correspondent and pilot Miles O’Brien when complications arose during surgery for an injury to the arm.

Iowa DOT spin-off promotes aviation in state

Article | Feb 24, 2014

The Iowa Aviation Promotion Group uses volunteers across the state to promote the industry to the public.

Moments of truth

Article | Feb 14, 2014

With words drawn directly from cockpit voice recorders, "Charlie Victor Romeo" is a film that depicts aviation emergencies like no other—and deliberately so.

Fly Well: Check your undercarriage

Pilot Magazine | Feb 12, 2014

“T” is frequently paired with the word “level” and the phrase “should I take some?”

AOPA fights back over incomplete story on GA airport spending in Wisconsin

Advocacy | Feb 10, 2014

AOPA sets the record straight in an inaccurate story on Airport Improvement Program grant spending in Wisconsin.

Trailer released for 'Planes: Fire & Rescue'

Article | Feb 07, 2014

Disney has released a trailer for the second installment of the “Planes” franchise.

Fairmount club: Getting more students into airplanes

Article | Jan 28, 2014

The goal of the Fairmount Flying Club is to get more students into general aviation aircraft.

News video touts benefits of Boulder Municipal Airport

Advocacy | Jan 15, 2014

A video highlights how Boulder Municipal Airport was a community asset during devastating floods in September.

'Inside Air Shows' features Goulian team

Article | Jan 14, 2014

Check out Episode 2 of LiveAirShowTV’s new series "Inside Airshows" as it takes a special look inside Goulian Aerosports.

My $1 Million Education

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

Senior Editor Dave Hirschman had an epiphany: What have all his years of flying cost him? And what else has he gained? Readers could relate.

Quick Look: Gulfstream V

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

The Gulfstream V was the world’s first ultra-long-range corporate jet.

Weekend seaplane odyssey

Article | Nov 13, 2013

As a baker's dozen of pilots discover, moving five seaplanes--four of them on straight floats--1,200 nm from Minneapolis to Florida is an adventure in flying, and a lesson in human relations.

Question of the Month

Article | Nov 13, 2013

What began as a discussion of flying club web sites and recruitment evolved into a larger discussion of other marketing techniques.

What's your favorite airplane movie?

Article | Nov 05, 2013

Pilots have discriminating taste when it comes to aviation movies. It’s not just about the actors or special effects, but about the plot’s trueness to aviation, historical accuracy, and physics of flight. With that in mind, what's your favorite aviation movie?

A memorable day

Article | Nov 05, 2013

A New Jersey pilot with a quarter-century of aviation under his belt will count Oct. 24 among the more memorable days of his flying career. Not everyone can say they were surrounded by armed men with FBI vests, and smile about it.

Cops for Kids fly-in marks fifteenth year

Article | Oct 31, 2013

When police from 10 law enforcement agencies converged by air and land on a target in Loma Linda, Calif.,the mission was clear.

Embraer announces upgrades, design changes

Article | Oct 21, 2013

Embraer today revealed several big changes now in the works for its line of executive jets.

AOPA AV8RS at Summit 2013

Article | Oct 03, 2013

AOPA and Youth Aviation Adventure (YAA) are sponsoring a free three-hour hands-on discovery program for teens ages 13-18 at Airportfest at Meacham International Airport on October 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Cool Stuff: Lawn chair balloonist

Article | Oct 03, 2013

Joe Barbera didn’t “imagine” himself stuck in a tree. Yet that is just what happened hours after the Washington state man sat back in his lawn chair contraption, attached to 80 helium balloons, and lifted off.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines received many comments on his column, which suggested that “aviation is our common ground, but not much else.”

New blog spotlights AOPA's advocacy

Article | Sep 25, 2013

AOPA members know that advocacy is a vital component of the association’s mission of preserving the freedom to fly. How does the advocacy process work?

IFR Fix: BADDA BINGG

IFR Fix | Sep 13, 2013

Even if you never fly to this destination, the IAP makes good review material for a ground session of an IFR proficiency session.

Spreading aviation

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

It’s a bright, breezy day at the seaplane base in Lakeland, Florida, the second day of the 2013 annual Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In and Expo. The winds are a little strong—gusting to 20 mph—but the crowds are gathering for the events.

Pilots Peanut pilot

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

From the time Craig Schulz, 60, built aircraft models and briefly flew his Cox U-Control Curtiss P–40, he wanted to fly. The P–40 model was wrecked by a friend of his father, Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, shortly after it was purchased.

East Hill Flying Club: Recruiting is the heart of the beast

Article | Aug 09, 2013

An award-winning flight school, social memberships, and a strong fleet are among the reasons to join Ithaca, N.Y.-based East Hill Flying Club.

Honor Flight salutes veterans

Slideshow | Aug 05, 2013

As the B-29 Fifi and three B-25 North American Mitchell bombers flew overhead at EAA AirVenture for a missing man salute, a hush fell over the crowd while taps played through loudspeakers.