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Movie night: Hanging out at the hangar

Article | May 04, 2015

As Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines played in a large hangar at the AOPA National Aviation Community Center, airplanes and helicopters took off and landed outside on a calm spring evening.

'Millionaires Unit' documentary nets award, screenings

Article | Apr 28, 2015

A documentary film about an unusual group of World War I aviators is appearing at film festivals from coast to coast.

Popcorn and props

Article | Apr 13, 2015

Where better to kick back, relax, and watch an aviation-themed movie than at an airport? On April 18, AOPA is kicking off a season of free aviation-themed movies that will be shown in the association’s new National Aviation Community Center.

MOVIES, AIRPLANES AND FUN AT THE AOPA NATIONAL AVIATION COMMUNITY CENTER

News release | Apr 10, 2015

MOVIES, AIRPLANES AND FUN AT THE AOPA NATIONAL AVIATION COMMUNITY CENTER

'Living in the Age of Airplanes' premieres at Air and Space Museum

Article | Apr 09, 2015

Living in the Age of Airplanes, a documentary described as “a love letter to airplanes and what they mean to us,” premiered April 8.

Documentary recalls Israel's foreign pilots

Article | Apr 02, 2015

Above and Beyond, The Untold True Story, is a documentary about the Jewish American pilots who flew in Israel's 1948 war for independence.

Rutan drops hints about SkiGull

Article | Mar 16, 2015

Legendary aircraft designer Burt Rutan dropped fresh hints about his final design, a work in progress called SkiGull, through a film production crew.

Club Spotlight

Article | Mar 15, 2015

The Palm Springs Aviators Inc. Flying Club was incorporated less than three months ago. Since it was founded in December with 5 members, the club is on the verge of doubling its membership and has been featured on local TV news and in the newspaper. Club President Kent Pramhus shares some of the steps the club is taking to get off the ground.

Did 'The Lost Aviator' murder his rival?

Article | Mar 12, 2015

Australian filmmaker Andrew Lancaster’s great uncle Bill was a dashing aviator from the golden age of flight. Was he also a rival's killer?

Droning on

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

From search-and-rescue missions to crop surveying; from capturing movie action sequences to starring in them—unmanned aircraft systems have progressed from a niche hobby to a booming industry.

Filmmakers moving forward on Burt Rutan documentary

Article | Feb 24, 2015

A career spent “democratizing flight” is entering the realm of documentary movie-making as two filmmakers launch a project to tell Burt Rutan’s story.

Command performance

Article | Feb 18, 2015

An online video service launched to give enthusiasts an aerobatic ride-along from multiple camera perspectives is expanding into a more interactive experience.

Reach hard-to-reach places in your airplane

Article | Feb 04, 2015

You can’t take a major airline to see the swimming pigs in Staniel Cay in the Bahamas, or to see the natural hot springs at a remote corner of Death Valley National Park.

FAA approves eight drone requests

Article | Feb 03, 2015

If your address is Van Nuys and you have anything to do with the movie industry, chances are you can get FAA approval to fly drones.

Bob Hoover documentary in digital release

Article | Jan 20, 2015

A documentary on the life of aviation legend Bob Hoover that premiered last August has arrived on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

Safety

Article | Dec 21, 2014

In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?

Pilot Briefing: Milestones

Pilot Magazine | Dec 05, 2014

49 state capitals in two weeks

Waypoints: Flying versus the Kardashians

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2014

Recent headlines noting gasoline prices dipping below $3 a gallon have caused many pilots to wonder why avgas prices—which stubbornly remain above $6 a gallon in many locations.

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.