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Five-day flight complete

Article | Jul 06, 2015

Solar Impulse 2 pilot André Borschberg proved perpetual flight is possible, and logged just under 118 hours over the Pacific en route to Hawaii.

Solar Impulse control center opens in Monaco

Article | Feb 10, 2015

Solar Impulse II, the upgraded version of an all-electric airplane that toured the United States, is set to circle the globe starting in March.

Balloonists claim trans-Pacific records

Article | Feb 05, 2015

Two balloonists who flew a helium-filled craft across the Pacific Ocean have staked their claim to new distance and endurance records.

Field of seven vies for Collier Trophy

Article | Feb 04, 2015

Seven aviation and aerospace endeavors are in the running for the 2014 Robert J. Collier Trophy, awarded annually by the National Aeronautic Association.

Balloonists cross Pacific in bid for distance record

Article | Jan 26, 2015

Two veteran balloonists were aloft above the Pacific Ocean in a bid to break the world’s distance record for a gas balloon flight.

‘Seattle II’ to retrace 1924 epic flight

Article | Jan 22, 2015

It has an engine from the Golden Age of Aviation, an open cockpit, and a long-range cruise speed of about 90 mph. For the Seattle II, a Douglas World Cruiser reproduction, a brief first flight in December started a new chapter in a Seattle couple’s quest to fly it around the world in 2016.

Around the world, over the poles

Article | Jan 22, 2015

During a 24-day pole-to-pole adventure filled with dynamic weather conditions and unanticipated routing changes of thousands of miles in a modified Lancair IV single-engine airplane capable of carrying 361 gallons of fuel in nine tanks, 68-year-old Bill Harrelson landed in North Carolina Jan. 21 unofficially shattering the pole-to-pole speed record.

Pilot Briefing: AOPA Fly-Ins

Pilot Magazine | Jan 08, 2015

Let’s do this again was the resounding decision after AOPA hosted seven successful fly-ins across the country in 2014.

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.