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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.

NASA funds ‘green’ aviation technology partnerships

Article | Jan 10, 2013

NASA has selected eight promising green aviation technology projects to test in real-world conditions, with the goal of making future aviation more efficient and quieter, and reducing environmental impact.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2013

Responding to member concerns, AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association will request an exemption that would allow many pilots flying the most common single-engine aircraft recreationally to use a driver's license and self-certification medical standard.

Former Cessna chair, Tuskegee CFI to join hall of fame

Article | Dec 19, 2012

A former Cessna chairman who used money from air racing prizes to meet payroll during the Depression is among the inductees to the National Aviation Hall of Fame, the board of trustees announced Dec. 17.

NASA announces plan for next Mars rover

Article | Dec 06, 2012

Mars rovers Curiosity and Opportunity have company coming in 2020, provided NASA's budget survives the current federal negotiations.

Curiosity finding 'good dirt' on Red Planet's evolution

AV8RS | Dec 01, 2012

NASA’s Curiosity rover is literally digging up dirt and finding information that is helping to unlock mysteries of the Red Planet.

SpaceX completes first cargo delivery to space station

AV8RS | Dec 01, 2012

You can tame wild horses or even feral cats. But astronauts living on the International Space Station have one up on you.

NASA engineers test rotor reentry

Article | Nov 13, 2012

Spacecraft of the future may one day settle in to soft landings using technology familiar to helicopter pilots, and tested - at least at the early scale model stage - using off-the-shelf equipment from a hobby shop.

Visual Approach

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2012

AOPA photographer Mike Fizer relates his take on photographing the Diamond C1 in South Park Basin, Colorado.

NASA research zeroes in on new cure for queasy

Article | Oct 15, 2012

Relief for queasy fliers? A fast-acting nasal spray to combat motion sickness is being prepared for mass consumption.

SpaceX delivers the goods to International Space Station

Article | Oct 11, 2012

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) is leading the pack of private contractors, having returned to American hands the ability to fly cargo to the International Space Station.

Fly-Outs: Splash and dash, or stay awhile

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2012

From waterpark to wineries, McMinnville has it all

GA airports, states race to serve outer space

Article | Sep 27, 2012

Space tourism, scientific research, and commercial spaceflight offer the promise of lucrative trade for airports, and jobs for the future. State and local officials are racing to get their flags planted.

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.

NASA high flyer tests new technology

Article | Sep 20, 2012

Cruising above 60,000 feet over the East Coast, a NASA ER-2 (a variant of the venerable U-2) is testing new sensors designed for satellites that will eventually keep tabs on clouds, aerosol vapors, and foliage, among other things. The flight crews will share an operating base with the hurricane-hunting Global Hawk unmanned aircraft systems.

NASA launches five-year hurricane hunt

Article | Sep 12, 2012

What do the Saharan Air Layer and hurricanes have in common? NASA is banking on Global Hawk UAVs overflying the storms to see if a connection lies between the two.

NASA mission could help protect GPS

Article | Sep 05, 2012

NASA has launched a two-year effort to learn how better to predict the behavior of the Van Allen radiation belts that circle Earth, behavior that can at times threaten GPS and other satellite communications. Two satellites are orbiting through the belts of highly charged particles that protect the planet from solar storms and "space weather."

New take on ‘X’ plane wins NASA grant

Article | Sep 05, 2012

Cleared for Mach 2 after departure, this supersonic jet of the future would yaw 90 degrees and put a new set of wings into the wind.

NASA's 'Curiosity' lands on Red Planet

AV8RS | Sep 01, 2012

If it took you eight months to get to your destination 352 million miles away, what would be the first thing you’d do on arrival?

Nation mourns Armstrong

Article | Aug 27, 2012

Taking "one small step" on July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong cemented in lunar dust his place in history as the first man to walk on the moon. Armstrong, an avid aviator throughout his life, died Aug. 25.