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Aviation Legends: The world according to Clay Lacy

Pilot Magazine | Aug 10, 2015

Aviation legend Clay Lacy has become synonymous with jet aircraft and Southern California, so it’s with some surprise that when he appears at a Wichita Aero Club luncheon, he’s introduced as a native son.

‘Floatplane Odyssey’ recounts earthrounding flight

Article | Jul 30, 2015

A tale of flying adventure, severe injuries, international political maneuvering, and an emergency at sea comes to life in "Floatplane Odyssey," a book that commemorates the twenty-fifth anniversary of Tom Casey’s 1990 around-the-world flight in a Cessna 206 on floats.

Who’s first? Airbus or Cri-Cri?

Article | Jul 11, 2015

Airbus’ electrically powered E-Fan twinjet crossed the English Channel on July 10, but the story certainly hasn’t ended there.

Electric Cri-Cri gets jump on E-Fan

Article | Jul 10, 2015

After all the drama and hype behind the Airbus E-Fan’s July 10 crossing of the English Channel, another chapter emerged the night before. That’s when an electrically powered Cri-Cri piloted by Hugues Duval made a crossing of its own, denying the E-Fan the title of first electrically powered airplane to cross the Channel.

Siemens denies e-motors to Pipistrel

Article | Jul 07, 2015

In a strange turn of events, German electrical giant Siemens has abruptly told the Pipistrel Aircraft Co. that it cannot use its Dynadyn motor in its Alpha Electro trainer.

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.

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.

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.