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'Beyond the Powder' to reach public television in June

Article | Jan 26, 2016

Beyond the Powder, a documentary that meshes the history of women pilots during the 1929 Women’s Air Derby with their modern counterparts, will be made available to public television stations nationwide beginning in June.

Red Bull adds two pilots to race roster

Article | Jan 20, 2016

Two Red Bull pilots sharing similar first names are moving up from the Challenger to the Master Class for the 2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

New faces in Red Bull races

Article | Jan 13, 2016

A French aerobatic champion is among three new pilots gearing up for Red Bull Air Race action in 2016, making history as she flies.

Red Bull Air Races to visit Indy in 2016

Article | Dec 16, 2015

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship will return to a racing destination in Germany and visit the home of the Indy 500 in 2016.

Air racing excitement added to AOPA Foundation auction

Article | Dec 09, 2015

Imagine witnessing the incomparable thrill of air racing as a VIP spectator after flying a Breitling Extra 300 race plane with its celebrity pilot.

Mangold killed in crash

Article | Dec 07, 2015

Mike Mangold, who distinguished himself at every stage of an aviation career that spanned military service, racing, and airshows, died in a Dec. 6 crash.

Budget-friendly aviation gift guide

Article | Nov 18, 2015

The holiday season is here, and there are a variety of aviation-oriented gifts to keep pilots happy and safe without breaking the budget of friends, loved ones, or fellow pilots.

Pilot Briefing: News

Pilot Magazine | Nov 05, 2015

TFR Avoidance, Bond is back, Red Bull Air Races, Drones, and more

Red Bull Aces crowns wingsuit race champ

Article | Oct 27, 2015

Forty of the world’s best wingsuit pilots soared side by side over Northern California Oct. 22 through 24 for a series of three-dimensional Red Bull Aces competitions. Defending champion Andy Farrington of the United States won the race.

Bonhomme takes championship, announces retirement

Article | Oct 19, 2015

Paul Bonhomme won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship Oct. 18 after the final race of the season at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, breaking the three-way tie of two championships with Americans Mike Mangold and Kirby Chambliss.

Talk to Red Bull pilots after championship race

Article | Oct 14, 2015

After watching 14 Red Bull Air Race pilots race through pylons at speeds up to 230 knots at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, celebrate the end of the action-packed season with them during a special AOPA-member tour.

Idaho crash claims popular air race pilots

Article | Oct 13, 2015

The air racing community is mourning the loss of two veteran women air racers and the pilot husband of one in an Oct. 8 cross-country accident.

Bonhomme builds lead

Article | Sep 28, 2015

British pilot Paul Bonhomme closed in on his third Red Bull Air Race Championship, balancing risks and rewards at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Red Bull details behind-the-scenes tour for members

Article | Sep 23, 2015

Red Bull Air Race pilots will talk to AOPA members during a special behind-the-scenes tour being offered at the race’s two events in Fort Worth, Texas, and Las Vegas.

‘Hoot’ Gibson wins Unlimited Gold

Article | Sep 21, 2015

Robert “Hoot” Gibson won the Unlimited Gold Race at the National Championship Air Races in Reno Sept. 20, unseating six-time gold winner Steve Hinton Jr.

Reno air races off to fast start

Article | Sep 17, 2015

A record 19 aircraft are racing in the Jet Class at the fifty-second National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada.

French pilot, 22, wins Sailplane Grand Prix

Article | Sep 16, 2015

Maximilian Seis, a 22-year-old glider pilot from France, has won the sixth World Sailplane Grand Prix Championship.

Red Bull air racers head to US

Article | Sep 08, 2015

Kirby Chambliss climbed atop the podium with a third-place finish in Austria Sept. 6 with Michael Goulian finishing in the middle of the pack of 14 racers.

Flying shark eats records

Article | Sep 03, 2015

Powered by one very souped-up Cessna Skyhawk engine, a prototype from Brazil has claimed speed and climb marks that shatter records.

Racing ‘like Superman’

Article | Aug 19, 2015

Measured in inches and ounces, camera-toting drones raced like hummingbirds around a track, taking their pilots along for the ride.

‘Beyond the Powder’ to debut in September

Article | Aug 18, 2015

Beyond the Powder, a new documentary on women air racers, will debut Labor Day weekend on public television stations in northeast Ohio.

Bonhomme gains ground

Article | Aug 17, 2015

Britain’s Paul Bonhomme made four solid flights to win the Red Bull Air Race World Championship race in Ascot, United Kingdom.

Aviation Legends: The world according to Clay Lacy

Pilot Magazine | Aug 10, 2015

Aviation legend Clay Lacy has become synonymous with jet aircraft and Southern California, so it’s with some surprise that when he appears at a Wichita Aero Club luncheon, he’s introduced as a native son.

Arch handles the heat

Article | Jul 06, 2015

An aggressive but smooth final flight propelled Red Bull Air Race pilot Hannes Arch to the top of the podium in Budapest.