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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'.

Friends fete Hoover with Texas-sized 90th birthday party

Article | Apr 04, 2012

Aviation icon and World War II hero R.A. "Bob" Hoover celebrated his belated ninetieth birthday March 26 to 28 in a Texas-sized party surrounded by friends from across the country.

Will Whiteside shatters time-to-climb records

Article | Mar 08, 2012

Veteran racing pilot and world record holder Will Whiteside, flying a Russian Yakovlev 3U dubbed 'SteadFast', has added four new records to his collection, pending expected certification and ratification by national and international organizations.

Stricken P-51 lands with help from a legend: Bob Hoover

Article | Feb 29, 2012

Circling above Mobile, Ala., on Feb. 26 with the left main landing gear of the vintage P-51 stuck halfway down, pilot Chuck Gardner calmly worked the procedures. When that failed to produce the desired result, a little advice from fellow aviators - including 90-year-old aviation legend Bob Hoover - proved helpful.

Red Bull race director takes on EAA AirVenture

Article | Feb 16, 2012

Retired Naval aviator and former Red Bull Air Race international race director Jim DiMatteo is taking on one of the world's premier aviation events as vice president of AirVenture features and attractions, the Experimental Aircraft Association announced Feb. 16.

Three-generation team to compete in 2012 Air Race Classic

Article | Feb 15, 2012

When the Air Race Classic women's cross-country race launches from Lake Havasu City, Ariz., in June, one team of pilots will boast three generations, ranging in age from 72 to 16.

Aerobatic light sport aircraft rolls out

Article | Feb 13, 2012

With 123 light sport aircraft on the market, here comes another one - this one from Italy. The fully aerobatic Corvus Fusion rolled out of the factory recently and should finish testing in March.

2011's fatalities draw air racing, airshow scrutiny

Article | Jan 11, 2012

Leave margins. Never direct aerobatic energy toward the crowd. Always have an out. Innumerable safety precautions keep performers and spectators safe at air races and airshows, but in 2011 something went wrong. The NTSB took a broad look at how to minimize risk and improve safety at the events in a hearing Jan. 10.

Helicopter group honors members' achievements

Article | Jan 10, 2012

Helicopter Association International has announced the winners of its 2012 Salute to Excellence Awards, honoring those who uphold the helicopter industry's highest traditions.

Reno event to return in 2012 in spite of deadly crash

Article | Jan 04, 2012

The National Championship Air Races will return to Nevada's Reno-Stead Airfield this year after a deadly accident cut the 2011 races short, the Reno Air Racing Association announced Jan. 4.

Pilots:

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2011

Mike Mangold could be forgiven for hanging it all up and retiring now. As a skydiver, former fighter pilot, member of the U.S.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2008

Viking updates the Twin Otter The Twin Otter has come a long way, eh? In British Columbia, Viking has added Pratt & Whitney PT6 turboprop engines to the de Havilland Twin Otter, renamed it the Viking, put it on floats, and added Honeywell Primus Apex avionics. A recently completed amphibious Twin Otter technology demonstrator took flight for the first time in October, and needed less than 1,000 feet to leave the runway.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2008

SkyCatcher to be built in China Cessna Aircraft has signed a deal to build its light sport Cessna 162 SkyCatcher at the Shenyang Aircraft Corp. in Shenyang, China.

North American Aviation P-51D Mustang

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2007

Soloing a Mustang for the first time There is nothing that can be written about the North American P-51D Mustang that hasn't already been said. It is the ultimate single-engine, propeller-driven airplane, a sculpture of aerodynamic eroticism that stirs a pilot's heart.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2007

Filming complete for air racing movie "We've got a movie," said Thunder Over Reno director Mitch Carley after viewing footage filmed early in May at Nevada's Reno/Stead Airport. Production began during the 2005 National Championship Air Races; additional filming was done during racing events in June and September of 2006.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2006

Filmmakers chronicles aviation's dark days September 10 slid by with little fanfare, overshadowed by another anniversary more recently burned into the American conscience. The first grounding of civil aircraft did not occur on September 11, 2001; rather, it happened 41 years earlier under the guise of national security.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2006

Winnie Mae's pants A signed wheel pant that went along on Wiley Post's record-making flight around the world in a Lockheed Vega named Winnie Mae has been found in a California woman's basement. Her parents were both aviators and apparently knew Lockheed engineer and mechanic Otto Sanloff, who replaced the wheel pant before the aircraft went to the Smithsonian Institution.

Never Again Online: I think I can

Article | Jul 01, 2006

It was my first day to tow gliders on my own. The Piper Pawnee was topped off with fuel, and I was eager to please the glider pilots who wanted a tow and the chief pilot who was monitoring my performance.

Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2006

How fast does a North American T-6 go? Ask Mary Dilda and she'll tell you 239 mph. That's the qualifying record she set in 2003, at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, so let's be exact: 239.398 mph.

Saving Aircraft Inc.

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2006

To find Chino Airport, drive an hour east of Los Angeles, turn south at Ontario, California, and when you reach the 1,000th Holstein milk cow on the right, you're there. A short distance from that cow is The Air Museum: Planes of Fame; some 25,000 people find it every year to attend shows on aviation history, see historic aircraft fly, and see aircraft from all eras in restoration.

AOPA Action in California

Article | Oct 01, 2005

L.A. airspace changes coming The FAA announced changes to the Los Angeles Class B airspace that will shrink the airspace to the northwest, south, and southeast but expand it to the east to better protect Los Angeles International Airport.

Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2005

BY PHIL SCOTT --> What should you do in an emergency? A pilot who has made 50 successful emergency landings and handled dozens of in-flight emergencies has some advice. "Watch your hands," says Skip Holm, five-time Reno Air Races Unlimited winner, Stealth F-117A test pilot, and much-decorated U.S.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2004

Aerobatic air racing comes to Reno Top aerobatic pilots now have a new playing field. In its U.S.