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Air Force Museum to open new building in 2016

Article | Oct 05, 2015

Restoration crews at the National Museum of the United States Air Force moved a North American X-15A-2 into the museum’s new fourth building on Oct. 2.

Gone, baby, gone

Pilot Magazine | Sep 02, 2015

Technological advances have taken us airborne and then some. Ingenuity grabbed the Wrights’ design and sprinted with it, and the results are tangible

Celebrate 2015 National Aviation Day

Article | Aug 18, 2015

Aviators can help celebrate National Aviation Day Aug. 19 by flying to favorite destinations, introducing friends to flying, or attending discounted U.S. aviation events.

The flying toothbrush

Article | Jul 22, 2015

Canadian pilot Raphaël Langumier’s 4-year-old daughter took a shine to aerobatics. Now, Léa wanted to know, how does a toothbrush float in outer space?

NASA tests ELTs

Article | Jul 07, 2015

A Cessna Skyhawk was very much the worse for wear after NASA finished testing four off-the-shelf ELTs.

Letters: From our June 2015 issue

Pilot Magazine | Jul 06, 2015

Wow! We received a tremendous number of responses to Tom Haines’ editorial on the problems with solving the declining pilot population.

Pilots, business leaders gather in Wyoming

Article | Jun 29, 2015

Some 150 members of the Aviation Network of the Young Presidents’ Organization met for the second year in a row at Wyoming’s scenic Alpine Airport for three days of seminars, networking, recreation, and, of course, flying.

Drones edge into NAS: 'Sense and avoid' tech tested

Article | Jun 24, 2015

NASA continues to test technology giving large drones capability to detect and avoid other aircraft, and invites pilots to join a meeting of minds.

NASA to fly Tecnam twin in research project

Article | Mar 23, 2015

A modified Tecnam P2006T twin-engine airplane has been chosen to move NASA's Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology project from ground runs to flight testing.

Filmmakers moving forward on Burt Rutan documentary

Article | Feb 24, 2015

A career spent “democratizing flight” is entering the realm of documentary movie-making as two filmmakers launch a project to tell Burt Rutan’s story.

SpaceShipTwo crashes during test flight

Article | Oct 31, 2014

One Scaled Composites test pilot is dead and another injured after a “serious anomaly” and crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo during a test flight Oct. 31, the company confirmed.

NASA develops Alaska app

Article | Oct 09, 2014

NASA has presented to Alaskan officials the basic ingredients for a satellite-based weather and traffic service for pilots operating in remote areas.

Cool Aerial Shots October 2014

Article | Sep 26, 2014

A strong cold front sweeping through England recently ignited strong showers and storms. One of the storms passing through the Midlands spawned a menacing funnel cloud or possible tornado near East Midlands airport, which was photographed just as a Ryanair jet was taking off. However, it’s not clear if the vortex photographed is an actual tornado, because there is no view of the ground. In order for a funnel cloud to be classified as a tornado, it must make ground contact. Credit: Alamy News Team, from ITV News

Not your average summer job

Article | Jul 24, 2014

Most teens are spending the summer working, whether it is at the pool, a retail store, or even at the airport or FBO. But 500 students from around the United States are spending their summer interning at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on projects that are on the cutting edge of science and technology.

Inflatable flying saucer preps for test flight over Hawaii

Article | Jun 05, 2014

A NASA team is preparing to launch a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space from a Navy facility in Hawaii to evaluate a technology that could help pave the way for human exploration of Mars.

Collier Trophy awarded for carrier-based unmanned system

Article | Apr 15, 2014

The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the Collier Trophy for “the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier.”

A plane-crazy America

Pilot Magazine | Apr 08, 2014

The realization may not immediately spring to mind, but the fact is that general aviation’s mass appeal has always been powerful over the past 100-plus years.

Student rocket competition aiming higher

Article | Mar 12, 2014

They may not be NASA scientists, but they are doing work just as if they are.

NASA sleuths solve 'jelly doughnut' mystery

Article | Mar 12, 2014

Where did the jelly doughnut come from?

Google to lease historic airfield

Article | Feb 20, 2014

A subsidiary of the tech giant Google was chosen by NASA to lease and rehabilitate the historic Moffett Federal Airfield in California’s Silicon Valley.

NavWorx ADS-B at FL950

Article | Feb 11, 2014

An automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) transceiver developed for general aviation was recently used to test the technology at a much higher altitude: 95,000 feet.

Driven by dreams

Article | Feb 10, 2014

The 2013 Collier Trophy nominees include a diverse mix of pedal power, hypersonic speed, and voyaging to deep space.

Cool Stuff

Article | Jan 21, 2014

A wheeled vehicle has not been on the moon’s surface since the 1970s. Until December, that is.

Cool Stuff

Article | Jan 21, 2014

In November, a group of high school students accomplished something no other high school students have ever done: a satellite they built was launched into space.

Space tourism seen launching in 2014

Article | Jan 16, 2014

Attention future space travelers: A glance at the board lists your flight as on time, for sometime later this year.

Mission to 'Mars'

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Loaded near maximum weight, a flight of two Quest Kodiaks cruised in the Arctic summer sky over vast swaths of barren tundra and sea ice fraught with history.

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.

NASA tests insect solutions

Article | Nov 27, 2013

A small team of specialists at NASA’s Langley Research Center has taken to the skies in a Falcon jet hunting bugs.

Event Spotlight

Article | Nov 11, 2013

Five aircraft loaded with clothes, blankets, food, and toys left airports around Maryland and flew to Carl A. Spaatz Field in Reading, Pennsylvania. It was part of the NASA Goddard Flying Club’s annual Wings of Warmth event.

Artist and astronaut honored at convention

Article | Oct 24, 2013

One who traveled in space and another who paints aviation scenes--their common bond is their passion for flight and their recent recognition for their work.

NBAA to host Teachers' Day at annual event

Article | Oct 08, 2013

The National Business Aviation Association will host a Build A Plane Teachers' Day at its annual meeting.


Article | Oct 03, 2013

Futuristic high-speed Hyperloop would allow travel on air

October's Historical Firsts

Article | Oct 03, 2013

 Oct. 1, 1958 — NASA formally opens for business. Its first administrator was T. Keith Glennan, the president of Case Institute of Technology and a former member of the Atomic Energy Commission. (Left to Right-Glennan, Dryden, Horner)

Orbital Sciences aims for ISS rendezvous

Article | Sep 05, 2013

Orbital Sciences will launch a cargo-hauling spacecraft Sept. 17 for a first rendezvous with the International Space Station.

Pilot Counsel: ASRS

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

It seems time again to remind pilots about the FAA’s Aviation Safety Reporting Program (ASRP), administered by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS).

NASA crashes helo to improve safety

Article | Aug 29, 2013

NASA on Aug. 28 dropped a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter fuselage with test dummies on board to test seat belts and gather data.

NASA: 3-D printed rocket part holds up in test

Article | Aug 27, 2013

NASA reports 3-D printed fuel injector sets rocket power milestone.

Angel Flight West launches Endeavour Awards

Article | Aug 14, 2013

Angel Flight West’s new Endeavour Awards put the spotlight on public benefit flying.

Cool Stuff: ISS Selects 8 Astronauts

Article | Jul 25, 2013

Want to be an astronaut someday? The job requires you to pass a physical, be a U.S. citizen with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics, and have 1,000 or more hours logged as a jet pilot.

Cool Stuff: Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo

Article | Jul 25, 2013

Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson and his family will be the first tourists to blast into sub-orbital space on the maiden voyage of SpaceShipTwo in December.

NASA 747 scans southern sky

Article | Jul 23, 2013

A Boeing 747 modified to carry a massive telescope is plying the southern skies for science.

Aldrin lends star power to PayPal Galactic

Article | Jun 28, 2013

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin was the star of the show as PayPal announced plans to develop space currency.

NASA dirigible hangar at Moffett up for grabs

Article | Jun 05, 2013

NASA can't afford to operate the private Moffett Federal Field and can't restore the 1,100-foot-long Hangar One that housed dirigibles in the 1930s. Hopefully a private contractor will come to the rescue.

Proficient Pilot: Reflections, 1963-2013

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

My first magazine article, “Why Not Really Learn to Navigate,” appeared in these pages exactly 50 years ago (June 1963).

Cool Stuff: NASA launches smartphone satellites

Article | Jun 01, 2013

You can make calls on a smartphone, send and receive emails, edit Office documents, or add seemingly endless apps. But now you can add one more thing to the list of what smartphones can do. On April 21, three smartphones became low-cost satellites after they rode to space aboard the maiden flight of Orbital Science Corp.'s Antares.

The Unlikeliest Astronaut

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Alone in the sleek, composite shell of an experimental spacecraft he helped build, suspended beneath the broad wings of the 'White Knight' carrier airplane, test pilot Mike Melvill is glad to finally get busy.

NASA project provides critical tool for water management

Article | May 06, 2013

A Twin Otter packed with sensors has begun a three-year quest to measure mountain snowpack with unprecedented precision.

Flight training to the extreme

Article | Apr 25, 2013

A training and research center just outside of Philadelphia specializes in pushing pilots to the limits of human physiology, and offers to civilians a range of experiences that are otherwise reserved for military aviators.

Burt Rutan developing new seaplane

Article | Apr 09, 2013

Two years after retirement, Burt Rutan is at it again, developing a new seaplane called the Skigull at his cabin near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. At first he thought he had an original design, a tandem-seat twin-engine amphibian that rises from the water on skis but can land on snow, grass, and if you must, a paved airport.

ASF - Aircraft Deicing/Anti-icing Equipment

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Aircraft Deicing and Anti-icing Equipment The resources listed below are provided as additional information to the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's Aircraft Deicing and Anti-icing Equipment Safety Advisor. The links below provide information on icing accident statistics, weather flying strategies, certification of aircraft, and suggestions on how to tell if your aircraft is approved for flight in known icing conditions.