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Pilots: Fran Bera

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

It was June 23, 1955, my seventeenth birthday, as I nervously began taxiing the Aeronca Champ in which I was taking my private pilot checkride. Fran Bera, the designated examiner, sat in the rear of the tandem cockpit, observing my every move. Mine was only one of more than 3,000 flight tests she would conduct, and my examiner was to become one of the most successful woman racing pilots of all time (if not the most successful).

Truth in animation

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Tucked away in a grove of evergreen trees, the rust-lined fuel truck had fallen into disuse. A visit from Disney filmmakers gave the vehicle new life, in a way, as a star in the animated film Planes.

Continental announces ambitious goals

Article | Jul 29, 2013

Continental Motors, fresh off the acquisition of the former Thielert Aircraft Engines’ Centurion line of turbodiesel engines, outlines its plans for improving them.

Teams finish Air Race Classic despite weather challenges

Article | Jun 26, 2013

The 2013 Air Race Classic lost a stop due to the weather, but 42 teams still completed the course.

Behind the scenes of the little turboprop that could

Article | Jun 07, 2013

Just how realistic can you make an airplane with eyes, a mouth, and a dream of competing in an international air race? DisneyToon Studios took on the challenge with the upcoming Disney’s "Planes."

New course, old ties for 2013 AirVenture Cup

Article | May 09, 2013

Organizers of a cross-country air race that is flown just before EAA AirVenture gets under way in Oshkosh, Wis., each summer announced a new race course--and a reconnection with the world's largest gathering of general aviation aircraft and pilots--for 2013.

Ready to race? Sport Air Racing League has an event for you

Article | May 07, 2013

If you've been wanting to take your flying to a more competitive level, the Sport Air Racing League's 2013 season is under way.

Jetman coming to Oshkosh, Reno

Article | May 02, 2013

Now it's confirmed: Jetman Yves Rossy will tumble backward off the skid of a helicopter at not only EAA AirVenture 2013 but the Reno, Nev., National Championship Air Races and Air Show later in the year.

Fly like a fighter: Join the gaggle

Fly like a fighter | Apr 04, 2013

While stationed in Okinawa, Japan, flying the F-15 I made periodic trips to the Philippines to fly in Cope Thunder exercises—the Pacific version of Red Flag. They would schedule up to 70 aircraft in a very dynamic war training event with airplanes split Blue Air against Red Air.

Red bulls under glass

Pilot Magazine | Mar 20, 2013

The diverse collection includes former German Air Force Alpha Jets, a North American B–25J Mitchell that once served as a firefighting airplane, an Extra 300 LP, a Lockheed P–38 Lightning once flown by Marvin “Lefty” Gardner, and a Bell TAH–1F Cobra.

Air Race Classic closes in on registration goal

Article | Mar 15, 2013

Entries for the 2013 Air Race Classic, the longest running all-women pilots transcontinental air race, are now at 80 percent and are expected to reach a goal of 55 teams before the April 1 deadline.

Air Race Classic champs award aviation scholarship

Article | Feb 15, 2013

The Racing Aces, the winning team of the 2012 Air Race Classic, presented university student Whitney Brouwer with a $5,000 scholarship.

Former Cessna chair, Tuskegee CFI to join hall of fame

Article | Dec 19, 2012

A former Cessna chairman who used money from air racing prizes to meet payroll during the Depression is among the inductees to the National Aviation Hall of Fame, the board of trustees announced Dec. 17.

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.