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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.

Record-setting pilot on the move

Article | Mar 18, 2013

Editor's note: Bill Harrelson has canceled his double-polar flight after encountering adverse weather. Bill Harrelson, the record-setting pilot and builder of a highly modified Lancair IV, is in southern Chile waiting out bad weather near Antarctica before resuming his round-the-world polar record attempt.

Mars exploration earns NASA/JPL a Collier Trophy

Article | Mar 14, 2013

The National Aeronautic Association awarded the 2012 Robert J. Collier Trophy to the NASA /JPL Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Project Team. The team the same day revealed that Mars might have once supported a habitable environment, based on analysis of a rock found near an ancient stream bed.

NAA celebrates memorable aviation records of 2012

Article | Feb 21, 2013

Felix Baumgartner celebrates a safe landing after setting world freefall records for speed and altitude Oct. 14.

Aeronautical milestones compete for Collier Trophy

Article | Feb 05, 2013

Seven projects and teams that advanced aviation and aerospace during 2012 are in the running to receive the National Aeronautic Association’s Robert J. Collier Trophy when a new recipient is selected March 11.

David Clark: 70 years of flying under pressure

Article | Jan 24, 2013

Red Bull Stratos jumper Felix Baumgartner, U-2 pilots, and NASA astronauts from John Glenn to Neil Armstrong, among other high fliers, have a tailor in common, and a connection that extends to every general aviation pilot who flies with pale green ear cups.

NAA honors aviation careers of service

Article | Sep 26, 2012

The National Aeronautic Association has announced that it will honor well-known aviation educators Martha and John King of King Schools for significant contributions to pilot training at a ceremony Nov. 13.

Aviation groups, volunteers receive public benefit awards

Article | Sep 17, 2012

The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation has been honored in Washington, D.C., for its work to promote growth of the pilot population and advance aviation education.

Concordia the top U.S. glider at world championships

Article | Aug 23, 2012

Tightly packed groups of gliders vied for speed and the power of thermals, though there was only one collision--with no injuries--at the World Glider Championships. High in the sunlit silence, though hardly hov’ring there, sailplane pilots from around the world posted “tremendous” speeds at the Thirty-second World Gliding Championships in Uvalde, Texas—the first time the biennial event has taken place on U.S.

Human-powered helicopter flight sets record

Article | Aug 15, 2012

The National Aeronautic Association has certified a duration record for human-powered helicopter flight claimed by a team from the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering for a flight on June 21 in College Park, Md.

Volunteer pilots, organizations honored for service

Article | Jul 11, 2012

Pilots who fly in service of others, and the organizations that support work on disaster relief, helping sick children, animal rescue, and many other causes will be honored at a special ceremony in September. The National Aeronautic Association and Air Care Alliance have named the recipients of this year's National Public Benefit Flying Awards.

High-flying pilots press on with Colorado mountain show

Article | Jun 27, 2012

The air is thin over Breckenridge, Colo. Above 10,000 feet msl, Gary Rower's 450-horsepower Stearman will put out less than half its available horsepower. But Rower is preparing to take his act to new heights July 4, with performances billed as "The Highest Show on Earth."

Yachting's LSA: Akoya luxury amphib to land in US

Article | Apr 26, 2012

A sleek amphibious airplane from France that draws design inspiration from the world of high-speed sailing is preparing to make a splash in the United States.

Whiteside sets new speed records in ‘Steadfast’

Article | Apr 26, 2012

Veteran racing pilot Will Whiteside claimed four new piston speed records during a series of flights April 23 in California, and is now taking aim at the "granddaddy" of aviation performance marks: a 1972 climb from a standing start to 10,000 feet by Lyle Shelton in 91.9 seconds.

Redbird, Bahamas Habitat donate wings to island missionary

Article | Apr 02, 2012

Bahamas Methodist Habitat Executive Director Abraham McIntyre could soon earn his wings and the freedom "to be able to move when I need to move" after natural disasters thanks to Redbird Flight Simulations and Bahamas Habitat.

Search homing in on Earhart's airplane

Article | Mar 20, 2012

Seventy-five years after Amelia Earhart's disappearance in the Pacific, a nonprofit group has announced it will launch the most intensive effort yet to find pieces of her wrecked airplane and solve the mystery of where her flight ended.

Dreamliner wins Collier Trophy

Article | Mar 14, 2012

Boeing took airline fuel efficiency to a new level with the 787 Dreamliner, and earned a Robert J. Collier Trophy for the effort.