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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.

Strega captures Gold at Reno—again

Article | Sep 20, 2012

Steve Hinton of Chino, Calif., was the fastest piston-aircraft pilot at the 2012 National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev., Sept. 12 through 16.

Racers ready at Reno

Article | Sep 12, 2012

A fatal crash during last year's National Championship Air Races cast a pall of uncertainty over this year's event. Course mods, pilot training, and a $1.7 million insurance premium increase allowed the races to continue.

Reno crash traced to failed screws, untested modifications

Article | Aug 27, 2012

Pilot Jimmy Leeward pushed his highly modified P-51 "Galloping Ghost" faster than it had ever flown before during the 2011 National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev., when untested modifications combined with weakened fasteners and high speed caused the elevator trim system to fail, in turn causing a loss of control and crash that claimed the lives of Leeward and 10 spectators.

NTSB: Reno crash pilot subjected to 17.3 Gs during upset

Article | Aug 22, 2012

A detailed analysis of a spectator's video of the Galloping Ghost concluded that pilot Jimmy Leeward, one of 11 people killed in the 2011 crash at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev., was subjected to 17.3 Gs in less than a second following a 23-degree roll upset just before the P-51 smashed into the box seats.

Cessna renames turbodiesel 182

Article | Aug 14, 2012

The turbocharged, jet-fuel-burning Cessna Skylane unveiled at EAA AirVenture July 23 has been renamed the Turbo Skylane JT-A, the company announced Aug. 10.

Cross-country air race draws 40 aircraft

Article | Aug 02, 2012

Weather challenges changed the course but did not dampen enthusiasm as 40 aircraft participated in the 2012 Airventure Cup air race, flown July 22 between Mitchell, S.D., and Waupaca, Wis.

Small airplane, big dreams

Article | Aug 02, 2012

Like many pilots, Andy Chiavetta flew to Oshkosh, Wis., in July to show off his experimental amateur-built aircraft. But for Chiavetta it wasn't just for personal pride: He was looking for a market for his single-seat Aerochia LT-1 Bobcat kit.

‘Red Tails’ Mustang entices Oshkosh bidders

Article | Jun 29, 2012

EAA AirVenture 2012 will feature a "Red Tails" Mustang, and it's not what you may think. A polished aluminum and silver chrome custom 2013 Ford Mustang up for auction at the show evokes the distinctive P-51 Mustangs flown by the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II, but this one-of-a-kind creation was born for the roads.

'Racing Aces' win Air Race Classic

Article | Jun 25, 2012

Two Texas pilots who go by the name of the Racing Aces won the 2012 Air Race Classic. Fifty-five teams participated in the all-women's air race that has been an aviation tradition since 1929, when the event was known as the First Women's Air Derby.

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.

'Air Racers 3D' flies into IMAX theaters

Article | Apr 05, 2012

World War II-era fighters racing wingtip-to-wingtip, just 50 feet above the ground at speeds exceeding 500 mph, are a sight usually reserved for fans that attend the Reno National Championship Air Races every September in Reno, Nev. Those who can't make the trip may want to visit the nearest IMAX theater and experience the next best thing: 'Air Racers 3D'.