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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.

Red Bull Air Race ticket sales open for U.S. locations

Article | Mar 17, 2015

Those who want to get an adrenaline rush from the speed, agility, and precision of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship pilots can purchase tickets for the tour’s two race locations in the United States.

Air racing revs up in 2015

Article | Mar 13, 2015

Want to participate in an air race in 2015? You don't need to be a Red Bull pilot to race in these upcoming events.

Command performance

Article | Feb 18, 2015

An online video service launched to give enthusiasts an aerobatic ride-along from multiple camera perspectives is expanding into a more interactive experience.

Pilot Briefing: Chart challenge

Pilot Magazine | Feb 04, 2015

Aeronautical charts include a surprising amount of topographical and airspace details.

Top tech of 2014

Article | Dec 29, 2014

From laser guns to laser defenses, twisting wings and cameras that capture a propeller in action, 2014 was a busy year on the cutting edge.

Light sport pylon air racing planned

Article | Dec 11, 2014

A Deland, Florida, light sport aircraft manufacturer is planning the first light sport pylon air race April 1 based on the Red Bull model.

Red Bull releases race schedule

Article | Dec 01, 2014

The 2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship will race in eight locations, including first-time visits to Japan and Russia (pending confirmation). Tickets for some of the eight scheduled events are already on sale, and the 2015 schedule retains two U.S. stops.

Famous Pilots Mike Goulian

Article | Nov 07, 2014

Coming from a family who founded one of the largest flying schools in the Northeast, it isn’t surprising that Mike Goulian pursued a career in aviation.

Nigel Lamb takes Red Bull race crown

Article | Oct 28, 2014

Nigel Lamb of Great Britain has won the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Vegas wind curtails race

Article | Oct 14, 2014

Canadian Pete McLeod earned a place atop the Red Bull Air Race podium after howling winds cut the racing short Oct. 12 in Las Vegas.

AOPA Foundation names 2014 Giving Back grant recipients

Article | Oct 09, 2014

The AOPA Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2014 Giving Back grants that recognize good works done through general aviation by nonprofit organizations.


News release | Oct 08, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation has announced its 2014 “Giving Back” grants that recognize good works done through general aviation by non-profit organizations.

Hinton wins Reno

Slideshow | Sep 18, 2014

Steve Hinton Jr., flying Voodoo, won his sixth Unlimited Gold Championship at Reno Sept. 14. Thom Richard, finishing third in Precious Metal, was disqualified.

Fatal crash at Reno

Article | Sep 10, 2014

Racing pilot Lee Behel, who co-founded the Sport Class at the National Championship Air Races, was killed Sept. 8 during a qualifying run.

Racing Aces announce $5,000 scholarship

Article | Sep 10, 2014

The air racing team known as the Racing Aces has created a $5,000 scholarship for women seeking flight training or other kinds of aviation training or education.

Texas turnabout

Article | Sep 08, 2014

A single point now separates the top three pilots in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, with two races left – including Las Vegas.

Brits dominate Ascot

Article | Aug 18, 2014

British pilots thrilled their home crowd and tightened up the Red Bull Air Race World Championship Aug. 17 in Ascot, United Kingdom.

Pilot to use L-139 to draw girls to aviation

Article | Aug 01, 2014

When Dianna Stanger hops out of her new L-139 prototype fighter on the flight line at airshows and fly-ins among the other warbirds, she hopes girls and young women will become inspired to enter aviation as a hobby or career.

Arch wins Poland

Article | Jul 28, 2014

Austrian Hannes Arch is well on his way to a Red Bull Air Race Championship following a victory in Gdynia, Poland, July 27.

In-flight Charger

Article | Jul 28, 2014

Chip Yates, who set five electric aircraft world records in 2012, now aims to cross the Atlantic on battery power.

Wingsuit pilots race

Article | Jul 23, 2014

A field of 52 wingsuit pilots took turns racing through an aerial course, four at a time, in a first-of-its-kind event organized by Red Bull.

Red Bull Aces

Video | Jul 23, 2014

Check out the Red Bull Aces wing suit team.

Air show star Michael Goulian to serve as AOPA Ambassador

News release | Jul 10, 2014

Legendary air show and racing pilot Michael Goulian will serve as an “AOPA Ambassador,” the Association announced Thursday.

Airshow star Michael Goulian to serve as AOPA Ambassador

Article | Jul 10, 2014

Legendary airshow and racing pilot Michael Goulian will serve as an “AOPA Ambassador,” the association announced July 10.

Team flying Cirrus SR22 wins Air Race Classic

Article | Jun 24, 2014

A past winner was among the three members of a team that flew a Cirrus SR22 to victory in the 2014 Air Race Classic.

Colorado pilot earns spot in French air race

Article | Jun 18, 2014

A trilingual pilot from Colorado who recently became a flight instructor will soon travel to France to fly in the Tour Aérien Des Jeunes Pilotes.

Lamb takes Malaysia

Article | May 19, 2014

British racing pilot Nigel Lamb edged Austria’s Hannes Arch to win the third leg of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship series in Malaysia.

Wanted: Kirby Chambliss?

Article | Apr 17, 2014

Kirby Chambliss dodges the Texas Star Ferris wheel, whizzes under a bridge, zigzags between trees, and buzzes police vehicles with sirens blaring in a promotional video for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, which comes to Texas Sept. 6 and 7. Can the police #CatchKirby?

‘Upset’ ties Red Bull races in second round

Article | Apr 15, 2014

The next stop is Putrajaya, Malaysia, on May 17 and 18 for the 2014 Red Bill Air Race World Championship, following an “electrifying” contest in Rovinj, Croatia.

AOPA Fly-ins: Indianapolis

Pilot Magazine | Apr 10, 2014

The airport’s FBO, Indy Jet; Indianapolis-area EAA chapters; and the Indianapolis Aviation Authority are working with AOPA to make the May 31 fly-in an event to remember.