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Wx Watch: Blow Those Boots

Article | Dec 01, 1999

"One hundred and twenty miles an hour! Only a few minutes before we were cruising at one hundred seventy ... We must not lose any more ...

Pilot Counsel

Article | May 01, 1999

The Aviation Safety Reporting Program, which has been around for almost 25 years, is a good one for pilots. It provides protection from the loss of a pilot's certificate.

Pilot Briefing

Article | Apr 01, 1999

Cockpit of the future being created by consortium Seven U.S. general aviation companies have been selected by NASA to create a futuristic cockpit display system dubbed "highway in the sky" (HITS) that will replace current "steam-gauge"-type instrumentation.

No Go-Around

Article | Apr 01, 1999

Like the moon floating serenely across the sky, a spacecraft in Earth orbit is in a constant struggle to escape gravity and streak boundlessly toward outer space. It is an exquisite blend of forces that allows an orbiting projectile to free-fall toward our planet at exactly the same rate at which the Earth's curvature falls away.

AOPA Access

Article | Dec 01, 1998

As aviators, we learn the rules, practice emergency procedures, and promise ourselves on a stack of Federal Aviation Regulations that we will always do what is right. But we all make mistakes — possibly even within earshot of the FAA — and wish we had a Monopoly-like "Get Out of Jail Free" card.

Wake Turbulence: Should You Worry?

Article | Oct 01, 1998

The student pilot was making a routine approach in light wind conditions. A Boeing 757 had just landed on the parallel runway when, according to witnesses, the Cessna 152 rolled inverted and was hurled to the ground.


Article | May 01, 1998

Cross-country reflections We just read Stephen Coonts' article "Reflections on a Cross-Country" (March Pilot) and wanted to tell you that we have experienced the same feelings while flying at night across the country. Flying at night is truly special, as Coonts' wife said, because it seems to bring out a sense of awareness of being and intimacy.


Article | Mar 01, 1998

Deep within a closet in my house there's a cardboard tube containing a rolled-up poster of Ohio Senator John Glenn. The good senator himself signed it in bold script.

Launching Columbia

Article | Oct 01, 1997

That Lancair's first production-aircraft effort shares names with one of NASA's space shuttles is appropriate in a lot of ways. Just as launching one of our orbiters takes a large and dedicated crew — one that will not tire at the inevitable and myriad setbacks — Lancair's staff must not grow weary of the multitude of seemingly make-work steps in the certification process.

Shuttle Training Aircraft

Article | Mar 01, 1997

The Gulfstream II in the shadow of the shuttle Twenty years ago a primer-green Grumman Gulfstream II business jet left the factory in Savannah, Georgia, and flew to the Grumman plant at Bethpage, on New York's Long Island, to be transformed into an important tool for our nation's space program. This aircraft and three others that would follow were destined to fly missions very different from the glamorous task of chauffeuring captains of industry to business or pleasure centers around the world.

The 'Mercury 13'

Article | Feb 01, 1997

They were depression babies and war babies; daughters of parents who knew hardship and sacrifice. They were precocious 5-year-olds bravely leaping out of haylofts in their first efforts at flight.

Project Pilot Update

Article | Jan 01, 1997

Project pilot flies on space shuttle NASA astronaut Jay Apt took Project Pilot into space recently as he and fellow AOPA member Mission Commander William Readdy, aboard shuttle mission STS-79, took part in retrieving astronaut Shannon Lucid from the Russian space station Mir. Apt wore his Project Pilot cap in space during the mission, then presented the souvenir to AOPA President Phil Boyer during his Pilot Town Meeting in Austin, Texas, on November 12.


Article | Aug 01, 1996

Sometime in late August or early September, people living in the corridor between Houston and Galveston, Texas, will be treated to the sight of a perky small biplane passing overhead. It will be painted in the Navy fighter scheme of the late 1930s.


Article | Jul 01, 1996

Like most pilots with both civilian and military ratings, Eileen Collins has logged a variety of aircraft types: Cessna 150, Northrop T-38, Cessna T-37, Lockheed C-141, Schweitzer 2-33, and McDonnell Douglas F-4. Despite more than 4,000 hours of flying time in 30 different types of aircraft, the 39-year-old Air Force lieutenant colonel has no trouble singling out the logbook entry of which she is most proud: Date, Feb.


Article | May 01, 1996

The magnitude of Bob Overmyer's death didn't really hit me until a few days after I attended his funeral in Houston. It was a Sunday afternoon in late March and I sat alone on a hill in a park, flying a kite.


Article | Apr 01, 1996

Neil Anderson was 19 and studying for the priesthood at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1953, when a Navy recruiter desperate enough to interview divinity students laid down a challenge. "What do you do?" Anderson asked.

Time in Type

Article | Mar 01, 1996

Eating ranks very high on my list of favorite activities, somewhere just below flying and being with the love of my life for the past 36 years. Having had more lectures from NASA dietitians than I care to count, I am well aware of the need to maintain blood-sugar levels when doing stressful flying such as IFR approaches in low weather.

Time in Type

Article | Feb 01, 1996

"Oh, what a strange bird is the pelican, his beak can hold more than his belly can." Literature doesn't do justice to the fine flying qualities of the pelican, the scruffy bird of nursery-rhyme fame. The actions of these birds as they filch and pilfer fishermen's bait on the white sand at Cocoa Beach on Florida's Space Coast belie their tremendous flying ability.

Time in Type

Article | Jan 01, 1996

The summer of 1982 was full of marked contrasts as I trained for my first space flight. After an intense day of simulator training, I would drive to our local airport and pull the Starduster Too out of the hangar to log an hour of aerobatics.