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Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2011

‘Gucci Girls’ fly Air Force tanker It took lots of arranging, since there is only one female Boeing KC–10 flight engineer in the U.S. Air Force, but for one mission an all-female crew operated an aerial refueling tanker above the Middle East.

Fly-Outs: Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2011

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in New York's Hudson River Valley redefines the word "old." Or should we say "really old"? For in 2011, a World War II vintage aircraft, at more than 60 years old, is old, but a World War I aircraft? That's really old. And not only are these aircraft really old, but they are performing, active flying machines from a time when aviation was in its infancy.

Above NY

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2011

At the Downtown Manhattan Heliport (JRB) - the first heliport in the United States to offer scheduled passenger service and the only place today where one can begin commercial tours of the city in a helicopter - people are happily anticipating their 15- to 20-minute rides. There are five operators here, each offering a bird's-eye view of the city that never sleeps, the home of Hearst and Trump and Giuliani - and, of course, the worst terrorist attack in the twenty-first century.

Flying skeletons and electric hummingbirds

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2011

Extreme flying doesn't always mean speed. It can refer to a lack of speed, too. Here are two model airplanes that are polar opposites, as are their pilots. One lingers on the edge of an aerodynamic stall for more than a half hour and will star in its own documentary called "Float", while the other zooms about with electric power, hovering on its tail - or nose - teaching even the birds new tricks. Both have a greater connection to general aviation than you'd think.

Bell 47 Helicopter: Movie and TV star

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2011

The Bell 47 is as hard-working as seen on screen: Anyone who has ever seen M*A*S*H (the 1970 feature film or the subsequent television series) will instantly recognize one of the stars, a Bell 47 helicopter. The distinctive bug-eyed aircraft with the skeletal-framework fuselage and uncowled engine also was a central character in the television series, "Whirlybirds" (1957-1960).

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2011

Barry Schiff has had a pocketful of helicopter (and gyroplane) ratings for 47 years. “Trouble is,” he says, “I haven’t had my hands on a collective and a cyclic very much in the interim.” So it was that he had mixed emotions when invited by Jim Magglos to fly his fully restored Bell 47G-3B-1, the subject of “Movie and TV Star.” “You see,” Schiff says, “most pilots—including Magglos—suffer from the oft-mistaken notion that aviation writers are fantastic aviators.

Discovery Channel's 'Flying Wild Alaska' to premiere Jan. 14

Article | Jan 12, 2011

It's not just the spectacular scenery, the crazy flying weather, or the everyday natural hazards that will thrill television viewers who tune in to the new Discovery Channel show about the other-worldly brand of aviation pilots must practice in Alaska. Each flight tells a story of people whose every connection on the human level is made with the help of airplanes.

AOPA Aviation Summit: Celebrating our freedom to fly

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2011

It’s opening day of AOPA Aviation Summit 2010 in Long Beach, California, the keynote speech featuring AOPA President Craig Fuller is being broadcast on AOPA Live, and it’s standing room only on the convention floor. Sean D.

Postcards: Long Beach

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2010

In 1910, aviators from around the world gathered at Dominguez Field, northwest of Long Beach, California, for America’s first aviation meet. Spectacles included dirigible and airplane races zooming past the grandstands at up to 60 mph (downwind, of course).

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

The April 2010 eruption of a volcano on Iceland may or may not have subsided by now, depending on the interplay between neighboring hot spots on that mid-Atlantic island. The offending unpronounceable volcano, Eyjafjallajokull (pronounced EYE-a-fyat-la-jo-kutl for those willing to give it a try), has a neighboring volcano that has a history of erupting after Eyjafjallajokull does.

Turbine Pilot: Robert Luketic

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

In a world of glamour, Hollywood director Robert Luketic has found the antidote. “The responsibility that comes with flying a large powerful machine that must be respected, that takes constant vigilance, and that you can’t be casual about—there’s no glamour in flying a jet.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

This could have been written in the 1920s, although barnstorming then wasn’t done on a schedule. The American Barnstormers Tour continues its multiyear run with a new tour in the central United States from June to July.

Pilots: Francesco 'Paco' Chierici

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2010

“I used to be a total military airplane snob,” says Francesco “Paco” Chierici, a former U.S. Navy fighter pilot and producer of Speed and Angels, a documentary film that follows two pilots through military flight training.

Something for everyone:

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2010

There’s an expression in the surfing culture that says, “You should have been here yesterday”—implying that you missed a great day at the beach. That expression could have applied to AOPA Aviation Summit, except that through technology and the efforts of many, highlights of Summit are available online.

Hope in a hopeless time

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2010

Two great forces were at work during the tumultuous days of 1930s America. The predominant experience of that decade was, of course, the profound economic depression.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2009

Summit sessions Thursday, November 5 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

AOPA Action

Article | Oct 01, 2009

Late-breaking news: Summit events just keep getting better It’s an aviation first. Representatives from the aviation alphabet groups—AOPA, EAA, NBAA, WAI, AEA, GAMA, NATA—will meet on a center stage at AOPA Aviation Summit November 5 through 7 in Tampa, Florida.

Waypoints: One pilot's influence

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

Harrison Ford strode in through his open hangar doors, stopping along the way to introduce himself to the busy crew transforming his hangar into a mini-movie set. “You look familiar.

AOPA Expo 2008: That's A Wrap

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2009

Click the image above to view a slideshow. When broadcasters end their newscasts or film directors finish a movie, they happily proclaim, “That’s a wrap.” It means that all the hard work is finished and they are pleased with the product.

Masters of the Air

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2009

With its deep-red paint and standing tall on its Wipline amphibious floats, the beautiful Cessna Airmaster parked amongst the Seabees, Grummans, and more contemporary Cessna amphibious aircraft at a fly-in was hard to miss. But wait—a Cessna Airmaster on amphibious floats? Someone familiar with float installations and the difficulties of certification would simply have to find out more about this rare apparition.

A Stearman Smile

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2008

I have Doug DeVries to thank. He is making a movie called The Stearman Spirit, and he remembered my book, The Cannibal Queen.

AOPA Pilot Online

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2008

Featured story: Ladies and gentlemen: The next president of the United States! Where do the presidential candidates stand on key aviation issues, and how do their positions stack up against each other? What should we expect from Congress regarding user fees and FAA funding? And how can your vote on November 4 strengthen the future of general aviation? Let us help you explore the issues and answers. Be informed when you go to the polls.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2008

Smithsonian aviation photos to tour next year Unlike the movie, Carolyn Russo’s Night at the Museum was real, and there were many nights while she took photographs for her book and museum exhibit called, “In Plane View: Abstractions of Flight.” Both contain abstract images of museum aircraft. You can do it, too.

'AOPA Pilot' Online

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2008

Featured story: Harrison Ford’s alter ego Adventure. Challenge.