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Pilots

Article | Jul 01, 1999

What was billed as the last great aviation achievement was attained by Dr. Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones in the Breitling Orbiter 3 balloon in March.

No Go-Around

Article | Apr 01, 1999

Like the moon floating serenely across the sky, a spacecraft in Earth orbit is in a constant struggle to escape gravity and streak boundlessly toward outer space. It is an exquisite blend of forces that allows an orbiting projectile to free-fall toward our planet at exactly the same rate at which the Earth's curvature falls away.

Pilots

Article | Jan 01, 1999

It's dawn in Racine, Wisconsin. The film crew adroitly maneuvers around the winged behemoth, securing a camera to the aircraft's nose, reading light meters, checking shot angles, and barking into walkie talkies.

Test Pilot

Article | Nov 01, 1998

GENERAL Who was America's "Ace of Aces"? What popular, post-World War II airplane had specific models known as the Standard, the Trainer, the Inter-City Commuter, and the Patroller? A pilot inadvertently fails to secure a manual, plunger-type primer after priming an engine prior to starting. What is the most likely result? A pilot is tracking along a highway that has a magnetic course of 355 degrees while maintaining a magnetic heading of 003 degrees and a true airspeed of 150 knots.

Pilotage

Article | Mar 01, 1998

Deep within a closet in my house there's a cardboard tube containing a rolled-up poster of Ohio Senator John Glenn. The good senator himself signed it in bold script.

With Trusting Eyes Behind Me

Article | Jan 01, 1998

It is 8 a.m. in Barrow, Alaska.

JPATS

Article | Aug 01, 1997

The military's newest trainer borrows a familiar name Five times between 1992 and 1995 this magazine chronicled efforts to award a contract for a program with a name so boring that narcoleptics had to avert their eyes: Joint Primary Aircraft Training System, or JPATS (pronounced jay´ pats). Joint simply means that the Navy and Air Force will use the same airplane, continuing a 60-year tradition of adapting one model for all the services.

Shuttle Training Aircraft

Article | Mar 01, 1997

The Gulfstream II in the shadow of the shuttle Twenty years ago a primer-green Grumman Gulfstream II business jet left the factory in Savannah, Georgia, and flew to the Grumman plant at Bethpage, on New York's Long Island, to be transformed into an important tool for our nation's space program. This aircraft and three others that would follow were destined to fly missions very different from the glamorous task of chauffeuring captains of industry to business or pleasure centers around the world.

The 'Mercury 13'

Article | Feb 01, 1997

They were depression babies and war babies; daughters of parents who knew hardship and sacrifice. They were precocious 5-year-olds bravely leaping out of haylofts in their first efforts at flight.

Project Pilot Update

Article | Jan 01, 1997

Project pilot flies on space shuttle NASA astronaut Jay Apt took Project Pilot into space recently as he and fellow AOPA member Mission Commander William Readdy, aboard shuttle mission STS-79, took part in retrieving astronaut Shannon Lucid from the Russian space station Mir. Apt wore his Project Pilot cap in space during the mission, then presented the souvenir to AOPA President Phil Boyer during his Pilot Town Meeting in Austin, Texas, on November 12.

Pilot Counsel

Article | Sep 01, 1996

The Federal Aviation Administration and its boss, the U.S. Department of Transportation, have just issued a policy statement on airport rates and charges.

Pilots

Article | Jul 01, 1996

Like most pilots with both civilian and military ratings, Eileen Collins has logged a variety of aircraft types: Cessna 150, Northrop T-38, Cessna T-37, Lockheed C-141, Schweitzer 2-33, and McDonnell Douglas F-4. Despite more than 4,000 hours of flying time in 30 different types of aircraft, the 39-year-old Air Force lieutenant colonel has no trouble singling out the logbook entry of which she is most proud: Date, Feb.

Waypoints

Article | May 01, 1996

The magnitude of Bob Overmyer's death didn't really hit me until a few days after I attended his funeral in Houston. It was a Sunday afternoon in late March and I sat alone on a hill in a park, flying a kite.

Time in Type

Article | Feb 01, 1996

"Oh, what a strange bird is the pelican, his beak can hold more than his belly can." Literature doesn't do justice to the fine flying qualities of the pelican, the scruffy bird of nursery-rhyme fame. The actions of these birds as they filch and pilfer fishermen's bait on the white sand at Cocoa Beach on Florida's Space Coast belie their tremendous flying ability.

Time in Type

Article | Jan 01, 1996

The summer of 1982 was full of marked contrasts as I trained for my first space flight. After an intense day of simulator training, I would drive to our local airport and pull the Starduster Too out of the hangar to log an hour of aerobatics.