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AOPA 2011 Crossover Classic Sweeps

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2011

AOPA’s 2011 sweepstakes airplane—a 1974 Cessna Skylane we’re calling the “Crossover Classic”—has passed a huge milestone. On January 26, 2011, Advantage Avionics of Chino, California, finished its eight-week, 300-man-hour instrument panel mega-installation.

V2 variables

Article | Apr 01, 2011

Click the image for a larger version. Many of the new V-speeds taught to first-time jet pilots are only used in the event of an engine failure.

GA Serves America: Back to life

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

This past fall, the state of Maine “killed” one of its most pristine, isolated wilderness trout ponds in order to save it. Seaplanes (and two Black Hawk helicopters) played a necessary, vital support role in making it possible.

Quest Kodiak: A higher calling

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

After logging thousands of flight hours in iconic Howard DGA–15s beginning as a teenager, California rancher Bruce Dickenson developed his own ideas for making the relatively fast and powerful airplanes from the 1930s and 1940s even better.

Skylane seeking

Article | Oct 01, 2010

It's that time of year again - time to ready one AOPA Sweepstakes airplane for its giveaway to a lucky winner, and time to gear up for the next sweepstakes. During the November 11 through 13 AOPA Summit in Long Beach, California, the keys to our 2010 Fun To Fly Sweepstakes Remos GX will be handed over to its new owner. But that doesn't mean waiting until then to begin the search for the 2011 sweepstakes airplane. As this article goes to press, we're in hot pursuit of next year's prize.


Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2010

With the nighttime curfew for Colorado’s Aspen-Pitkin County Airport looming, the crew of the Gulfstream III undoubtedly felt pressure to make the landing into the terrain-challenged field. A domineering passenger on the charter flight, as well as his dozen guests on board, were heading from Los Angeles to a party in Aspen.


Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

The 16-year-old boy trundled the well-seasoned Cessna 150 across the paved runway and to the end of the grass runway. Plenty of rain that northwestern Pennsylvania summer kept the grass green and dense.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: I think we’re alone now

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

It is often the flimsiest circumstances that bring two aircraft together. This non-fatal mishap is not the usual VFR-into-IMC, descent-below- minimums, midair collision, thunderstorm, or icing-related accident, but rather a series of relatively common events that by themselves meant little.

Turbine Pilot: TOLD you so

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

It’s easy to think that with the way cockpit automation is going, it won’t be long before the optional equipment list for new airplanes includes an actual living, breathing pilot stationed in the cockpit to handle the controls and manage the flight. We’re not there yet, but thanks to technology, many of the hands-on tools pilots once considered essential are indeed becoming anachronistic.