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Event Spotlight

Article | Nov 19, 2015

In 10 theaters in 10 states from coast to coast, moviegoers had the opportunity to see a documentary about R.A. “Bob” Hoover, Flying the Feathered Edge. At the screening in Hamilton, New Jersey, several flying clubs came out, many with non-aviation friends, to share the wonder of aviation and honor our veterans, including Hoover who served in WWII.

License to Learn

Pilot Magazine | Nov 03, 2015

Back from the Colorado Springs fly-in

Secrets revealed as Snoopy thinks all

Article | Oct 14, 2015

Flying secrets are revealed as to what really happened behind the scenes during the filming of "The Peanuts Movie" starring Snoopy and that other guy, Charlie somebody.

Bringing a B-17 back to life

Article | Oct 13, 2015

Bill Albers is part of a crew of volunteers working to bring a B-17 back to flying form at Champaign Aviation Museum in Urbana, Ohio.

Wright factory restoration moves forward

Article | Oct 06, 2015

The National Aviation Heritage Alliance is finalizing plans to purchase (and then restore) the Wright brothers' original aircraft manufacturing factory in Dayton, Ohio, which is owned by a redevelopment company.

Prairie bush pilot aids in capturing the Old West

Article | Sep 28, 2015

Just released are aerial and ground shots by Andrew Moore of the old West at the nation's dividing line. Prairie bush pilot Doug Johnson landed on the plains to get the photos.

'The Aviators' enters sixth season

Article | Sep 23, 2015

The award-winning weekly TV series The Aviators enters its sixth season this fall.

Filmmakers want to bring 'Flight of Passage' to big screen

Article | Aug 26, 2015

Two filmmakers want to bring Rinker Buck's iconic Flight of Passage to the silver screen, and they are asking for your help to make it happen.

'Feathered Edge' delights Aviation Day audience

Article | Aug 20, 2015

Filmmaker Kim Furst received three ovations from Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and fellow aviators for her film, Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project, during a National Aviation Day showing of the movie in the U.S. Capitol.

Celebrate 2015 National Aviation Day

Article | Aug 18, 2015

Aviators can help celebrate National Aviation Day Aug. 19 by flying to favorite destinations, introducing friends to flying, or attending discounted U.S. aviation events.

‘Beyond the Powder’ to debut in September

Article | Aug 18, 2015

Beyond the Powder, a new documentary on women air racers, will debut Labor Day weekend on public television stations in northeast Ohio.

Lakeland AeroClub finds its place at AirVenture

Article | Jul 25, 2015

Ten young aviators learning about aviation from the Lakeland AeroClub in Florida flew two Pipers and three Cessnas to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, from their home base at Central Florida Aerospace Academy high school on the grounds at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.

'All about doing the impossible'

Article | Jul 23, 2015

Pilots who are passionate about aviation can change lives, said Ben Walton, founder of the Summit Aviation Cancer Camp in Bozeman, Montana.

'Freakin' awesome!'

Article | Jul 21, 2015

What can make a former Navy corpsman and a Harley-Davidson engineer giggle with pure joy? Their first takeoff. Watch as three students hop in the left seat for the first time and experience the thrill of flight in these One Week Ready to Solo webisodes.

Snoopy’s fantasy comes true

Article | Jul 08, 2015

A former U.S. Air Force test pilot and owner of a promotional company has built a flying replica of Snoopy atop his doghouse.

California museum to screen Hoover documentary

Article | Jun 01, 2015

Aviation legend Bob Hoover will be in attendance when the Aerospace Museum of California screens a recently released documentary about his life.

New movie gets exclusive screening at AOPA Fly-In

Article | May 28, 2015

As a unique part of the AOPA Frederick Homecoming Fly-In, the Friday night Barnstormers Party on June 5 will feature a special screening of the new film Living in the Age of Airplanes.

'Living in the Age of Airplanes' filmmaker headlines Barnstormer's Party

Video | May 27, 2015

Brian J. Terwilliger, creator of the popular One Six Right and the new Living in the Age of Airplanes, will be on hand June 5 during the Frederick Fly-In Barnstormer’s Party where he will host a question-and-answer session with attendees after a special screening.

Salinas kicks off 2015 AOPA Fly-In season

Article | May 17, 2015

More than 2,600 attendees made Salinas Municipal Airport a weekend destination, enjoying camaraderie, fellowship, and hangar flying stories with fellow pilots and aviation enthusiasts.

‘CloudStreet’ program captures soaring for PBS

Article | May 13, 2015

Set in intermountain west soaring country, “CloudStreet: Soaring the American West” tells the story of four glider pilots in New Mexico, Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado.

Waypoints: Not one thing can be done

Pilot Magazine | May 06, 2015

News Flash: The general aviation pilot population is in decline.

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.


News release | Apr 10, 2015


'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.


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.

Pilot Getaways: 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.