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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.

SIUC team takes first place in 2015 Air Race Classic

Article | Jul 01, 2015

Two pilots representing Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (SIUC) took first place in the 2015 Air Race Classic, which concluded on June 25.

Cheap chills

Article | Jun 25, 2015

Pilots have options (besides suffering and sweating) when the summer sun drives cockpit temperatures north of comfortable. Air conditioning can cost less than you might think.

Tight finish in Rovinj

Article | Jun 01, 2015

Austrian Hannes Arch won by the narrowest margin, and American Michael Goulian made the final round in the Red Bull Air Race in Rovinj, Croatia.

Bonhomme wins Japan

Article | May 18, 2015

British pilot Paul Bonhomme remains unbeaten in the 2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship, while Americans Michael Goulian and Kirby Chambliss improved in Japan.

Homecoming Fly-In, Frederick, Maryland

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2015

Come to your airport—the national headquarters of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association—for the association’s annual Homecoming Fly-In June 6.

Pilot Briefing: Giving Back

Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

Aviation Adventures Inc. came about in an unexpected way.

World Air Games pilots named

Article | Mar 18, 2015

Four-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion and two-time World Freestyle Champion Rob Holland will be among the pilots flying for their country in Dubai.