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Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2003

The AOPA Sweepstakes Waco UPF-7 made its long-awaited first flight on December 3 at Owatonna, Minnesota. The 1940 open-cockpit biplane, used in the Civilian Pilot Training Program to train World War II pilots on Long Island, New York, was restored by Rare Aircraft.

Wx Watch: Ice Advice

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2003

In the past two issues, "Wx Watch" has delved into two aspects of the general aviation icing problem. In the November issue (see "Icing on the Internet," p.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2002

Sporty's SP-200 nav/com A handheld transceiver usually rates as one of the must-have items in a pilot's flight bag, right up there with a headset, a flashlight, a lucky charm, and a dog-eared NASA ASRS form. While the lure of unhurried flight in a pre-1950, fabric-covered taildragger rose-tinges our daydreams, today's reality means that even in that time-travel aircraft it's a good idea to have an aerial walkie-talkie to keep you out of hot water.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2002

NASA pushes the inflatable envelope From solar-powered flying machines to pop-out inflatable wings, NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center had an active year in 2001. And the center's projects didn't go unrecognized.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2001

Rocket man Rutan blasts off Most pilots worry about running out of avgas. How about liquid oxygen? Welcome to the so-called dawn of civilian rocket-powered aviation.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2001

Mooney officials stay the course during bankruptcy Officials at Mooney Aircraft remain optimistic that a buyer will soon emerge to purchase the company out of bankruptcy. The Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer filed for bankruptcy protection in July.


Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2001

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines has been covering the general aviation industry for 15 years.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2001

Modern pilots lack right stuff for Wright Flyer The original Wright Flyer was a handful, wind-tunnel tests have shown. A group of California engineers constructed a replica of the first powered aircraft and tested it last spring in a NASA Ames Research Center wind tunnel.

Skyway Patrol

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2000

Opportunities for viewing a space shuttle launch from your airplane have improved, thanks to an increasing frequency of flights to support the International Space Station. Flights are scheduled at the rate of one a month through the end of 2000, and will increase from an average of four or five flights a year to eight in 2001.

Future Flight: Horsepower of a Different Color

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2000

Part 8 of 12 Prompted by the promise that leaded aviation fuel will be going the way of the dodo bird and by NASA-funded development of new-technology general aviation engines, no fewer than five companies are currently working on diesel engines for the light aircraft of tomorrow. In addition, two companies have lightweight, fuel-efficient turbine powerplants in development.

The Buzz About Haptics

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2000

Kristy Stokke's long blond hair floats haphazardly and her feet slowly slide above her head. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology senior is struggling to conduct an experiment in zero-G conditions.

Turbine Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2000

A new pair of very light jets could stand convention on its ear Here in the twilight of the first century of flight, we humans think we have this transportation thing down pretty well. Sprinting through the skies at speeds of 300 to 500 mph in modern, glistening airliners, we smugly relax in climate-controlled comfort while munching on caviar and watching the latest movies….

Wx Watch: Blow Those Boots

Pilot Magazine | 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

Pilot Magazine | 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.

No Go-Around

Pilot Magazine | 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.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | 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.

AOPA Access

Pilot Magazine | 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?

Pilot Magazine | 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.


Pilot Magazine | 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.


Pilot Magazine | 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

Pilot Magazine | 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

Pilot Magazine | 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'

Pilot Magazine | 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

Pilot Magazine | 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.