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Florida landmark closing

Article | Jul 08, 2014

Chalet Suzanne, a landmark restaurant with its own grass strip in Central Florida, will end an 83-year run Aug. 4.

Inflatable flying saucer preps for test flight over Hawaii

Article | Jun 05, 2014

A NASA team is preparing to launch a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space from a Navy facility in Hawaii to evaluate a technology that could help pave the way for human exploration of Mars.

Dragon Lady stopped traffic

Article | May 06, 2014

A glitch in a new national air traffic computer system related to a U-2 flight plan grounded flights around the country April 30. The FAA reports the issue has been resolved.

Collier Trophy awarded for carrier-based unmanned system

Article | Apr 15, 2014

The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the Collier Trophy for “the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier.”

Scenes from Above

Article | Mar 12, 2014

Student rocket competition aiming higher

Article | Mar 12, 2014

They may not be NASA scientists, but they are doing work just as if they are.

NASA sleuths solve 'jelly doughnut' mystery

Article | Mar 12, 2014

Where did the jelly doughnut come from?

Google to lease historic airfield

Article | Feb 20, 2014

A subsidiary of the tech giant Google was chosen by NASA to lease and rehabilitate the historic Moffett Federal Airfield in California’s Silicon Valley.

NavWorx ADS-B at FL950

Article | Feb 11, 2014

An automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) transceiver developed for general aviation was recently used to test the technology at a much higher altitude: 95,000 feet.

Driven by dreams

Article | Feb 10, 2014

The 2013 Collier Trophy nominees include a diverse mix of pedal power, hypersonic speed, and voyaging to deep space.

Cool Stuff

Article | Jan 21, 2014

In November, a group of high school students accomplished something no other high school students have ever done: a satellite they built was launched into space.

Mission to 'Mars'

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Loaded near maximum weight, a flight of two Quest Kodiaks cruised in the Arctic summer sky over vast swaths of barren tundra and sea ice fraught with history.

Six 'pioneers' to join aviation hall of fame

Article | Dec 17, 2013

Six aviation trail-blazers including the first female U.S. jet airline captain, an Apollo astronaut, an air racer, a record-setting test pilot, and a pair of brothers renowned for aircraft design innovation will be enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2014.

NASA tests insect solutions

Article | Nov 27, 2013

A small team of specialists at NASA’s Langley Research Center has taken to the skies in a Falcon jet hunting bugs.

Event Spotlight

Article | Nov 11, 2013

Five aircraft loaded with clothes, blankets, food, and toys left airports around Maryland and flew to Carl A. Spaatz Field in Reading, Pennsylvania. It was part of the NASA Goddard Flying Club’s annual Wings of Warmth event.

NBAA to host Teachers' Day at annual event

Article | Oct 08, 2013

The National Business Aviation Association will host a Build A Plane Teachers' Day at its annual meeting.

October's Historical Firsts

Article | Oct 03, 2013

 Oct. 1, 1958 — NASA formally opens for business. Its first administrator was T. Keith Glennan, the president of Case Institute of Technology and a former member of the Atomic Energy Commission. (Left to Right-Glennan, Dryden, Horner)

Orbital Sciences aims for ISS rendezvous

Article | Sep 05, 2013

Orbital Sciences will launch a cargo-hauling spacecraft Sept. 17 for a first rendezvous with the International Space Station.

Pilot Counsel: ASRS

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

It seems time again to remind pilots about the FAA’s Aviation Safety Reporting Program (ASRP), administered by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS).

NASA crashes helo to improve safety

Article | Aug 29, 2013

NASA on Aug. 28 dropped a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter fuselage with test dummies on board to test seat belts and gather data.

NASA: 3-D printed rocket part holds up in test

Article | Aug 27, 2013

NASA reports 3-D printed fuel injector sets rocket power milestone.

Angel Flight West launches Endeavour Awards

Article | Aug 14, 2013

Angel Flight West’s new Endeavour Awards put the spotlight on public benefit flying.

Cool Stuff: ISS Selects 8 Astronauts

Article | Jul 25, 2013

Want to be an astronaut someday? The job requires you to pass a physical, be a U.S. citizen with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics, and have 1,000 or more hours logged as a jet pilot.

NASA 747 scans southern sky

Article | Jul 23, 2013

A Boeing 747 modified to carry a massive telescope is plying the southern skies for science.

NASA dirigible hangar at Moffett up for grabs

Article | Jun 05, 2013

NASA can't afford to operate the private Moffett Federal Field and can't restore the 1,100-foot-long Hangar One that housed dirigibles in the 1930s. Hopefully a private contractor will come to the rescue.

Proficient Pilot: Reflections, 1963-2013

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

My first magazine article, “Why Not Really Learn to Navigate,” appeared in these pages exactly 50 years ago (June 1963).

Cool Stuff: NASA launches smartphone satellites

Article | Jun 01, 2013

You can make calls on a smartphone, send and receive emails, edit Office documents, or add seemingly endless apps. But now you can add one more thing to the list of what smartphones can do. On April 21, three smartphones became low-cost satellites after they rode to space aboard the maiden flight of Orbital Science Corp.'s Antares.

NASA project provides critical tool for water management

Article | May 06, 2013

A Twin Otter packed with sensors has begun a three-year quest to measure mountain snowpack with unprecedented precision.

Burt Rutan developing new seaplane

Article | Apr 09, 2013

Two years after retirement, Burt Rutan is at it again, developing a new seaplane called the Skigull at his cabin near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. At first he thought he had an original design, a tandem-seat twin-engine amphibian that rises from the water on skis but can land on snow, grass, and if you must, a paved airport.

Earhart namesake creates aviation foundation

Article | Apr 02, 2013

Denver television reporter and private pilot Amelia Rose Earhart has announced plans to create the Fly with Amelia Foundation, a Colorado nonprofit organization that will provide aviation opportunities, free aviation-based educational curriculum to grades K-12, and scholarships to fund flight training for young women. The foundation will work in partnership with the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum to engage the community in flight-based educational activities and promote the future of general aviation through the re-creation and symbolic completion of Amelia Earhart’s 1937 flight around the world in 2014, said Earhart.

ASF - Aircraft Deicing/Anti-icing Equipment

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Aircraft Deicing and Anti-icing Equipment The resources listed below are provided as additional information to the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's Aircraft Deicing and Anti-icing Equipment Safety Advisor. The links below provide information on icing accident statistics, weather flying strategies, certification of aircraft, and suggestions on how to tell if your aircraft is approved for flight in known icing conditions.

Mars exploration earns NASA/JPL a Collier Trophy

Article | Mar 14, 2013

The National Aeronautic Association awarded the 2012 Robert J. Collier Trophy to the NASA /JPL Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Project Team. The team the same day revealed that Mars might have once supported a habitable environment, based on analysis of a rock found near an ancient stream bed.

AOPA Live to stream women in space presentations

Article | Mar 07, 2013

AOPA Live will run a live stream of presentations honoring 50 years of women in space during the Women Fly it Forward event at Frederick Municipal Airport in Frederick, Md., on March 9.

Supersonic bizjet wing enters new test phase

Article | Feb 21, 2013

Aerion Corp. is moving closer to realizing the dream of a supersonic business jet.

Women of Aviation Worldwide Week seeks volunteers

Article | Feb 14, 2013

The Institute for Women of Aviation Worldwide is looking for organizations and individuals to get involved in activities March 4 through10. This year's events will celebrate 50 years of women in space.

Aeronautical milestones compete for Collier Trophy

Article | Feb 05, 2013

Seven projects and teams that advanced aviation and aerospace during 2012 are in the running to receive the National Aeronautic Association’s Robert J. Collier Trophy when a new recipient is selected March 11.

Other cool stuff: NASA rocketry challenge

AV8RS | Feb 01, 2013

There’s nothing like dreaming high, reaching for the stars …. even blasting off.

David Clark: 70 years of flying under pressure

Article | Jan 24, 2013

Red Bull Stratos jumper Felix Baumgartner, U-2 pilots, and NASA astronauts from John Glenn to Neil Armstrong, among other high fliers, have a tailor in common, and a connection that extends to every general aviation pilot who flies with pale green ear cups.

NASA funds ‘green’ aviation technology partnerships

Article | Jan 10, 2013

NASA has selected eight promising green aviation technology projects to test in real-world conditions, with the goal of making future aviation more efficient and quieter, and reducing environmental impact.

NASA announces plan for next Mars rover

Article | Dec 06, 2012

Mars rovers Curiosity and Opportunity have company coming in 2020, provided NASA's budget survives the current federal negotiations.

Curiosity finding 'good dirt' on Red Planet's evolution

AV8RS | Dec 01, 2012

NASA’s Curiosity rover is literally digging up dirt and finding information that is helping to unlock mysteries of the Red Planet.

SpaceX completes first cargo delivery to space station

AV8RS | Dec 01, 2012

You can tame wild horses or even feral cats. But astronauts living on the International Space Station have one up on you.

NASA engineers test rotor reentry

Article | Nov 13, 2012

Spacecraft of the future may one day settle in to soft landings using technology familiar to helicopter pilots, and tested - at least at the early scale model stage - using off-the-shelf equipment from a hobby shop.

Visual Approach

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2012

AOPA photographer Mike Fizer relates his take on photographing the Diamond C1 in South Park Basin, Colorado.

NASA report: Your 'get out of jail free' card?

Article | Oct 16, 2012

The Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS), known to many as the "NASA report," is designed to get valuable information about what is going on in the system from those who are actually using the system. But the best part is you may possibly 'get out of jail free' by sharing the information.

NASA research zeroes in on new cure for queasy

Article | Oct 15, 2012

Relief for queasy fliers? A fast-acting nasal spray to combat motion sickness is being prepared for mass consumption.

SpaceX delivers the goods to International Space Station

Article | Oct 11, 2012

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) is leading the pack of private contractors, having returned to American hands the ability to fly cargo to the International Space Station.

NAA honors aviation careers of service

Article | Sep 26, 2012

The National Aeronautic Association has announced that it will honor well-known aviation educators Martha and John King of King Schools for significant contributions to pilot training at a ceremony Nov. 13.

NASA high flyer tests new technology

Article | Sep 20, 2012

Cruising above 60,000 feet over the East Coast, a NASA ER-2 (a variant of the venerable U-2) is testing new sensors designed for satellites that will eventually keep tabs on clouds, aerosol vapors, and foliage, among other things. The flight crews will share an operating base with the hurricane-hunting Global Hawk unmanned aircraft systems.