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75th Anniversary

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2002

Remembering the flight that changed the course of history The Spirit of St. Louis is perhaps the most famous and recognizable aircraft of all time.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2002

Cardinal pilots are justly proud of their airplanes, as Associate Editor Julie K. Boatman found out while researching the cover story, "Budget Buys: Cardinal Flier," beginning on page 82.

AOPA's 2001 Bonanza Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2002

New Mexico pilot wins the AOPA Sweepstakes Bonanza In September 2000, N14422, a somewhat-neglected 1966 Beechcraft V35 Bonanza, was chosen to become the 2001 AOPA Sweepstakes airplane. That project ended on the last day of February 2002 in Mineral Wells, Texas, as Norm and Joyce Elliott gazed in amazement at their new airplane.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2002

Oregon builder accepts Hughes challenge Recluse Howard Hughes told his aircraft design team never to talk about the technology of the Hughes Racer, the monoplane now on display at the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum that set a landplane speed record of 352.4 mph in 1935. (An open-cockpit Italian seaplane that flew 441 mph held the ultimate record at that time.) He told them, "Bad things will happen to you." They never talked and never learned what those "bad things" were, but they never doubted that Hughes was capable of doing them.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2002

Sporty's SP-200 nav/com A handheld transceiver usually rates as one of the must-have items in a pilot's flight bag, right up there with a headset, a flashlight, a lucky charm, and a dog-eared NASA ASRS form. While the lure of unhurried flight in a pre-1950, fabric-covered taildragger rose-tinges our daydreams, today's reality means that even in that time-travel aircraft it's a good idea to have an aerial walkie-talkie to keep you out of hot water.


Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2002

It's sunny and 70 degrees, but it's Monday and that means it's a day of meetings at Edwards Air Force Base. So test pilot Gordon Fullerton won't be up flying anything today.


Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2001

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines has been covering the general aviation industry for 15 years.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2001

In the summer of 1977, I flew with a colleague from Islip, New York, on Long Island, to Washington, D.C., for a conference with Adm. A.

Lifting Young Spirits

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2001

In memory of a can-do man Few have experienced the gray area of aviation — the haunting feeling of being caught somewhere between life and death, and returning, just barely, with the mind intact but with a body that doesn't function as it once did. It doesn't seem fair, but once the anger subsides, there's a new sense of contentness and a feeling of mission.

Skyway Patrol

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2000

Opportunities for viewing a space shuttle launch from your airplane have improved, thanks to an increasing frequency of flights to support the International Space Station. Flights are scheduled at the rate of one a month through the end of 2000, and will increase from an average of four or five flights a year to eight in 2001.


Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2000

Where airplanes fly in, but seldom fly out Several hundred Phantoms are parked under the desert sun, waiting to be turned into Zombies. Not all will be chosen.

The Buzz About Haptics

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2000

Kristy Stokke's long blond hair floats haphazardly and her feet slowly slide above her head. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology senior is struggling to conduct an experiment in zero-G conditions.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2000

There is good news and bad news. The bad news—well, maybe it would be better to call it sad news—is that celebrated airshow pilot Bob Hoover has announced that he is canceling his performances scheduled for the rest of this year.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2000

GENERAL Helium provides buoyancy and maintains the shape of a blimp (as it does a child’s balloon). As a blimp climbs, helium—like any gas—expands.

Wx Watch: Blow Those Boots

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 1999

"One hundred and twenty miles an hour! Only a few minutes before we were cruising at one hundred seventy ... We must not lose any more ...


Pilot Magazine | 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.


Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 1999

Life after grounding After reading "Is There Life After Grounding?" by Ira B. Harkey Jr.

No Go-Around

Pilot Magazine | 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.


Pilot Magazine | 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

Pilot Magazine | 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.


Pilot Magazine | 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

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 1998

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


Pilot Magazine | 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

Pilot Magazine | 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'

Pilot Magazine | 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

Pilot Magazine | 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

Pilot Magazine | 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.


Pilot Magazine | 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.


Pilot Magazine | 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.