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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.

'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.


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.

Pilot Briefing

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.

Pilot Briefing

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.