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Red Bull parachute altitude record tumbles

Article | Oct 29, 2014

Google Senior Vice President Robert Alan Eustace, a 25-year pilot with multiple ratings, has taken the world record for the highest parachute jump, soaring above the mark set by Red Bull-sponsored Felix Baumgartner. You might be able to take the same ride in 2016, for a price.

Record-setting aviatrix Jerrie Mock dies

Article | Oct 02, 2014

Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock, who in 1964 became the first woman to fly solo around the world, died Sept. 30 at her home in Quincy, Florida, according to news reports. She was 88.

Perlan pilots win contest

Article | Sep 29, 2014

The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.

Record setter gets second chance at pilot certificate

Article | Sep 03, 2014

A double heart valve replacement kept Rachel Carter—who at 9 years old had set the unofficial record for youngest pilot of a transcontinental flight—from earning her private pilot certificate after her medical certificate was denied. Many years later, she received her medical and is able to resume her quest for a private pilot certificate.

In-flight Charger

Article | Jul 28, 2014

Chip Yates, who set five electric aircraft world records in 2012, now aims to cross the Atlantic on battery power.

An electric record

Article | Jun 24, 2014

South Carolina pilot Gary Davis barely made it above the Greenville Downtown Airport Class D airspace, though he most likely set a world record doing it.

World record attempt for inverted flat spins

Article | Mar 17, 2014

California airshow performer Spencer Suderman attempts to set a new world record for flat spins.

Women in Aviation holds record-setting event

Article | Mar 13, 2014

More than 4,500 attendees packed the twenty-fifth annual Women in Aviation International conference in March, setting a record for the association.

Atlantic crossing beckons

Article | Jan 09, 2014

Cluster balloonist Jonathan Trappe still aims to cross the Atlantic Ocean, and he is working on a new approach.

Six 'pioneers' to join aviation hall of fame

Article | Dec 17, 2013

Six aviation trail-blazers including the first female U.S. jet airline captain, an Apollo astronaut, an air racer, a record-setting test pilot, and a pair of brothers renowned for aircraft design innovation will be enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2014.

Quick Look: Gulfstream V

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

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

Beechcraft King Air sets speed record

Article | Oct 23, 2013

A Beechcraft King Air 350ER has set a speed record on a flight from San Diego to Orlando, Fla. The record was set in October 2012 at 331 mph.

Gulfstream sets world speed record

Article | Oct 21, 2013

A Gulfstream G650 completed the fastest westbound around-the-world flight for a non-supersonic aircraft.

'Passion for the mission' brings Raburn to Titan

Article | Oct 16, 2013

Vern Raburn will lead Titan Aerospace in a quest to make its vision of filling the void between aircraft altitudes and satellite orbits a reality.

House GA Caucus reaches new record

Article | Sep 20, 2013

The House GA Caucus has reached a new membership record, marking the first time more than half of all House members have joined the group.

Air Safety Institute receives public-benefit flying award

Article | Aug 15, 2013

The AOPA Foundation’s Air Safety Institute has been awarded the “Champion of Public Benefit Flying” Award by the National Aeronautic Association, in partnership with the Air Care Alliance, a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations.

Historical Firsts

Article | Jul 25, 2013

Aug. 1, 1971 — Apollo 15 mission commander David R. Scott relayed exciting news to Mission Control and the scientists in the back room. “Guess what we just found! I think we found what we came for.”

Fleming, glider pilot who spoke on unfair arrest, dies

Article | Jul 18, 2013

Robin Fleming, the glider pilot who shared the story of his unwarranted arrest and detention after a legal overflight of a nuclear power plant, has died.

On ice in Iqaluit: ‘Frustrating’ oversight delays world record bid

Article | May 09, 2013

Wise is the traveler who copies crucial travel documents before setting out on an international trip.

Long trip home

Article | Mar 26, 2013

Bill Harrelson, a distance-record-setting pilot, is back in the United States after a marathon 27-hour, nonstop flight from the southern tip of South America to Key West, Fla. Harrelson, 68, had flown his modified Lancair IV to Punta Arenas, Chile, in a bid to fly around the world over both the north and south poles, but adverse weather at the bottom of the world forced him to abandon the effort.

Polar record attempt scrubbed

Article | Mar 22, 2013

Bill Harrelson, a distance-record-setting pilot, plans to abandon a double-polar flight after encountering adverse weather at the bottom of the world. Harrelson, 68, had flown his modified Lancair IV to Punta Arenas, Chile, last week and expected to overfly the South Pole on his way to New Zealand.

Mar. 22, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Mar 22, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 12 — March 22, 2013 SEQUESTER'S PERSONAL TOLL IFR FIX: A 'PREDETERMINED MANEUVER' ABC STORY ON CRASHES FLAT WRONG QUIZ ME: MAX SPEED Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured Harrison Ford rallies support for ATC towers "It's about safety and jobs," reiterated Harrison Ford time and time again as he addressed the House General Aviation Caucus March 19.

Women in Aviation conference hits record attendance

Article | Mar 19, 2013

Conference attendees by Paula Grubb.jpg: A record number of attendees participated in the twenty-fourth annual International Women in Aviation conference. Photo by Paula Grubb.Attendance at the twenty-fourth annual International Women in Aviation conference in Nashville, Tenn., March 14 through 16 reached a new record, with 3,375 registrants representing all segments of the aviation community.