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Air Race Classic teams gathering in Arizona

Article | Jun 14, 2012

Teams of women pilots flying 55 aircraft are headed to Arizona to take part in the 2012 Air Race Classic June 19 to 22, continuing a tradition of women's air racing that began in 1929.

Airventure Cup Race is on despite EAA split

Article | May 24, 2012

The 2012 Airventure Cup Race, timed to coincide with EAA's AirVenture, will keep that timing despite a split with EAA.

Training, course changes planned for Reno races

Article | May 23, 2012

The 2012 National Championship Air Races will be flown above modified courses kept more distant from spectators in the wake of a crash that killed a pilot and 10 racing onlookers last year.

Airshow rules: Safety first, show business second

Article | May 17, 2012

Low ceilings and a parade of passing showers doused the Great Tennessee Air Show, and many people stayed away May 13, likely assuming the show was off. Not so, though the team of aviation professionals had to work hard behind the scenes to make sure the show went on without compromising safety.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2012

World records in the works There is a flurry of world records poised to hit the news this year. Three pilots are planning to circle the globe, either for a record or for good causes.

Whiteside sets new speed records in ‘Steadfast’

Article | Apr 26, 2012

Veteran racing pilot Will Whiteside claimed four new piston speed records during a series of flights April 23 in California, and is now taking aim at the "granddaddy" of aviation performance marks: a 1972 climb from a standing start to 10,000 feet by Lyle Shelton in 91.9 seconds.

NTSB urges changes for Reno aircraft, pilots, course

Article | Apr 10, 2012

Still seeking answers as to what caused an aircraft to lose control at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev., Sept. 16, the NTSB shared details of its investigation with the public April 10 and offered recommendations to improve safety at this year's event.

Veteran airshow, race pilot Howard Pardue killed in crash

Article | Apr 06, 2012

The airshow, warbird, and racing communities all mourned the loss of Howard Pardue, 77, who died April 4 when his vintage Grumman F8F Bearcat crashed just after takeoff from Stephens County Airport in Breckenridge, Texas.