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Plane Spotter: Extra high performance

Article | May 28, 2013

Spring brings a blooming of aviation as entertainment. Whether a plane spotter goes to the airshow, or the airshow comes to the plane spotter, performances provide a fine opportunity to add a new aircraft genre to your spotting catalog.

The show must go on

Article | Apr 25, 2013

Even though some large airshows have canceled their events for the year because of sequestration budget cuts, many smaller events are taking place around the country.

Sun ’n Fun airshow wows crowds

Article | Apr 11, 2013

Pilots nationwide and spectators from the Lakeland, Fla., area flocked to the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in anticipation of the daily airshows and other happenings at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. The daily airshows are shorter this year to accommodate more fly-in traffic and make up for the cancellation of the U.S.

Detroit Tuskegee Airmen Glider Club on a mission

Article | Mar 12, 2013

The Detroit Tuskegee Airmen Glider Club, which operates under the auspices of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum, flies its three Schweizer SGM 2-37 motorgliders donated by the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Diamond Aircraft lays off most of staff

Article | Feb 26, 2013

Diamond Aircraft on Feb. 25 announced that it had laid off most of its staff, saying it needs several weeks to restructure. Work on the company's costly prize project, the D-Jet, has been suspended.

LoPresti Aviation shifts focus, Fury on hold

Article | Feb 06, 2013

The LoPresti Fury will not return to the airshow circuit in 2013, following a shift in focus by the company toward lighting products and speed mods.

Time in type

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2013

As six gloved hands pull six mixture controls to idle cutoff, the rumble of six idling Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp engines gives way to a metallic tink, tink, tink as the Hamilton Standard constant-speed propellers spin to a stop. Seven pilots (two in the lead airplane) simultaneously open their canopies, take off their helmets, dismount, and position the propellers so their blades are horizontal.

Remembering aviation great Fred Cabanas

Article | Jan 16, 2013

A mischievous smile, boundless enthusiasm, and a “type-A-plus character” made Fred Cabanas the kind of person those who met him never forget. Cabanas died Jan. 15 in Cozumel, Mexico, when the aircraft he was flying while giving a ride to a TV personality crashed. The passenger also was killed in the accident.

Dracula prepares for Franklin's Flying Circus debut

Article | Jan 03, 2013

After nine long years of work, Kyle Franklin of Franklin’s Flying Circus is unveiling a new aircraft in the fleet, a Demon-1 Biplane named Dracula, just in time for the 2013 airshow season. Franklin finished building Dracula and started the engine on Nov. 16.

Will fly for food

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2013

For the Sunday Morning Breakfast Club, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

China reveals plans for long-range bizjet

Article | Nov 20, 2012

China has been striving for years to produce home-grown aircraft, but the results have not yet wowed the world market. In the view of one analyst, the latest announcement from Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) shows no signs of departing that pattern.

Falcon announces new 2000LXS

Article | Oct 29, 2012

Building on the success of its 4,000-nautical-mile model 2000LX, Dassault Falcon debuted a lighter variant--the 2000LXS--that promises the same range, but no payload compromises.

Catalina's first airshow flies into history

Article | Oct 15, 2012

Water-powered jetpack pilot Dean O'Malley recently re-created of Glenn L. Martin's flight from Newport Beach to Catalina Island, Calif., as part of the first airshow on the island.

'Soaking it all up': Emma Quedzuweit

Article | Oct 11, 2012

Fall semester classes have been intense for Emma Quedzuweit, a college sophomore and nursing student from Weimar, Calif. But the course load is in keen competition with another project that is moving along for Quedzuweit at a great rate: earning a private pilot certificate.

Go ballistic: Bid on ususual attitude course

Article | Sep 27, 2012

Watch the world spin in your windscreen in a ballistic roll, and become familiar with an upside-down view. Bid for the experience in the AOPA Foundation's A Night For Flight online auction.

Combs to complete 50-state odyssey in LSA

Article | Sep 22, 2012

A little more than two years after he departed on a months-long mission to land a light sport aircraft in all 50 states, sport pilot Michael Combs will finally be able to check off that final, elusive destination: Hawaii.

Family's legacy: Training, education center opens in Kansas

Article | Sep 11, 2012

The Spencer Flight and Education Center, created in response to a tragic aircraft accident in 2011, opens Sept. 14 with a focus on making pilots safer.

‘It just couldn’t be so’

Article | Sep 10, 2012

Robert Odegaard gained acclaim across the country both as a pilot, and an expert in the restoration of vintage aircraft. The North Dakota native was killed Sept. 7 while practicing for an airshow near his home.

Airshow performer killed in pre-show crash

Article | Sep 09, 2012

Robert Odegaard, an airshow performer and aircraft restorer, was killed Sept. 7 when his Super Corsair crashed during a practice routine at Barnes County Municipal Airport in advance of the Valley City airshow in North Dakota.

Wild weekend with Sean Tucker

Article | Aug 29, 2012

It's your first aerobatic routine, and you're performing for an audience of one - airshow performer and aerobatic champion Sean D. Tucker. No pressure.

Airshow flight procedures subject of delayed notam

Advocacy | Aug 02, 2012

The FAA has requested that AOPA urge pilots who are planning to attend the 2012 Rocky Mountain Airshow to review arrival and departure procedures before a delayed notice to airmen becomes available just one day ahead of the event, scheduled Aug. 24 to 26 at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield, Colo.

Airshow backdrop for donor event

Article | Aug 02, 2012

Seventy AOPA Foundation donors heard exclusive issue briefings while also enjoying an up-close-and-personal view of the July 25 airshow at EAA AirVenture. AOPA President Craig Fuller and Foundation President Bruce Landsberg updated the group on AOPA initiatives and funding successes and challenges.

Topsy-turvy course hooks lifetime flyers, customers

Article | Jul 11, 2012

In the skies over northern Massachusetts, generations of pilots have taken their first taste of a world turned upside down, an introduction to flight inverted that leaves a lasting impression. Many have gone on to learn aerobatics, or get a taildragger endorsement: this kind of flying is pure fun. There's also a serious purpose behind unusual attitude training--just ask any small airplane pilot who has been caught in the wake vortex of an airliner. Learning to master spins, and spin recovery, is another step to building confidence as a pilot, and the skills needed to stay in control no matter what.

As 'old school' as it gets

Article | Jul 02, 2012

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome has for half a century fielded a vintage fleet of pioneer, World War I, and barnstorming aircraft in weekend shows that test the skills of a select group of pilots.