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Article | Oct 01, 2010

From 1,000 feet above, I watched the Cessna 182 line up for Meadow Creek’s Runway 35—the brilliant white wings a stark contrast to the dark green forest surrounding the grass strip. Minutes later we touched down on the same turf in an equally pristine Cessna 180.

Waypoints: Why your next engine may be a turboprop

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

Dateline: 1990—Citing the product liability crisis in aviation and related dearth of piston-aircraft manufacturing, aircraft manufacturers consol- idate product lines and focus on the more lucrative business jet market. Turboprops, despite the recent success of the Cessna Caravan, are projected to be the next market segment eviscerated.

This November, there’s only one place to land: AOPA Summit

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2010

AOPA Aviation Summit—The premier source for education on proficiency, safety, technology, and affordable flying Attend AOPA Aviation Summit and participate in all new, interactive forums led by an exciting group of aviation experts Airport Activism—Simple Steps to Save Your Airport: AOPA Airports Team AOPA and the Art of Aviation Photography: Mike Fizer—Senior Photographer, AOPA and Chris Rose— Photographer, AOPA Aviation Humor: Rod Machado—Flight Instructor, Author and Aviation Humorist Buying Your First Airplane: Tom Haines—Editor in Chief, AOPA California Fog-In: Thomas A. Horne—Editor at Large, AOPA Pilot magazine Cockpit Courage: Captain Jim Tucker Commercializing Space: Dick Rutan Ditching and Water Survival: Doug Ritter—Chairman, Equipped to Survive Foundation Engine Failure After Takeoff: Barry Schiff—Aviation Author, AOPA Pilot magazine columnist FAR Refresher: John Yodice—AOPA General Counsel, Law Offices of Yodice Associates Fast Track to Your Pilot Certificate: Doug Stewart—Chairman, Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) Flying for a Living: Strategies for Getting Hired: Ian Twombly—Deputy Editor, AOPA, Flight Training magazine Flying to Alaska: Tom George—Alaska Regional Representative, AOPA Flying to Mexico—What Pilots Need to Know: Rick Gardner—Director of Aviation Services, Caribbean Sky Tour The Future of Aircraft Ownership: Dave Hirschman—Senior Editor, AOPA How to Pass Any Checkride: Jason Blair—Executive Director, National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) Keep Young and Fly Forever: Janet Lapp—Flight Instructor, Psychologist, Author, Motivational Humorist The Kings on Avoiding Unwanted Adventure: John and Martha King, King Schools Luck Comes to the One Most Prepared: Sean D.

Answers for Pilots: Ownership Options

Article | May 01, 2010

Longer days and warmer weather provide welcome opportunities for more flying after work and on the weekends. Perhaps you’ve taken a couple of flights in the past month, and went to schedule a few more only to find the rental aircraft at the FBO booked for the next couple of weeks. Wouldn’t it be great to have an airplane at your disposal whenever you had some time to fly?

Member Guide

Article | Feb 01, 2010

AOPA WorldPoints As an AOPA WorldPoints credit card holder for seven years, Kenneth Watson of Deltona, Florida, is one of several AOPA members rewarded for acquiring and using the card, including double point earnings at aviation merchants and FBOs. “I use it almost every day, along with my wife who uses it also for buying anything from groceries to gas for our cars to aviation-related items, and it goes on from there,” said Watson, adding that he purchased his trip to the November 2009 AOPA Aviation Summit in Tampa using the AOPA WorldPoints credit card.

What's in a name?

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2010

Some awful names have been affixed to vehicles meant to roll or soar: Nimrod (BAe), Probe (Ford), Lancer (Rockwell B–1/Mitsubishi), Cimarron (Cadillac), Swinger (Dodge), Hummer, and Airacobra (Bell) are a few that raise an eyebrow. And mention the name Fighting Falcon to a member of an F–16 squadron and you’ll be buying the first round that evening.


Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

Cowboy Cadillac Thanks so much for the beautiful article on Travis and Cindy Nelson and their family (“GA Serves America: Cowboy Cadillac,” August AOPA Pilot). I have flown over those same areas of Montana for 40 years.

Turbine Pilot Special Section: Moving to turbine power

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

Since November 2008, turbine flying has taken a body-blow. That’s when Ford, GM, and Chrysler executives flew to Washington, D.C., to ask Congress for bailout money.

Waypoints: One pilot's influence

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

Harrison Ford strode in through his open hangar doors, stopping along the way to introduce himself to the busy crew transforming his hangar into a mini-movie set. “You look familiar.

Buying new, now

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2009

How bonus depreciation and increased expensing limits can make good business sense. These stressed economic times make it easy for many of us to quash ideas of buying an airplane.

Member Guide

Article | Nov 01, 2008

AOPA Insurance Agency: Service keeps members coming back When Nina Ortega, a California pilot, ventured into aircraft ownership, she discovered that her needs weren’t the only ones she had to consider when buying aircraft insurance. “We’ve had some challenges,” she explained.

Waypoints: Three-hour circle--tested

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2008

Thomas B. Haines owns a Beechcraft Bonanza A36.

Member Guide

Article | Sep 01, 2008

Get the most from Flight Service Have you ever sat on hold 10 or 15 minutes trying to get through to flight service? Or gotten a less-than-stellar preflight briefing once you did? Whether you’ve had problems with the new Flight Service system or just want to learn more about this important resource, be sure to take the AOPA Air Safety Foundation’s interactive online course, A Pilot’s Guide to Flight Service. A comprehensive guide to using the system both on the ground and in the air, the course offers a list of alternate resources for times when you’re having trouble reaching a briefer, as well as tips to help you get the most from the revamped system.

The Key to Ownership: Realize the Dream

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2008

Associate Editor Ian J. Twombly asked four lucky pilots to share stories of their ultimate dream—aircraft ownership.

Member Guide

Article | May 01, 2008

Vref If you are looking into buying or selling an aircraft, you have a tremendous free resource as part of your AOPA membership—the Vref aircraft valuation service. Vref is a great starting point when attempting to determine the general retail value of an airplane.

AOPA's Get Your Glass Sweepstakes: More Than Skin Deep

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2008

Engine overhaul. Just saying these two costly words strikes fear in the heart of aircraft owners everywhere.

Magazine Milestones

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2008

Throughout its long history, AOPA Pilot’s editorial focus has been to communicate issues of political importance, educate members about new developments, urge them to action when necessary, and inspire its readers through uplifting and entertaining stories. For its first few years, the magazine’s tagline—“The Voice of General Aviation”—said it all.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2007

Take care of your airplane's tires — and they'll take care of you With the exception of the bulbous, high-floatation balloon tires that are the norm for bush-style airplanes, tires for light airplanes look pretty much the same as they always have. White-sidewall tires were offered during the 1970s, but they never caught on and soon disappeared.

On Display

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2006

Lots of information in a little space Your old GPS receiver gives only textual information and you long for a moving map. Is that you? Aspen Avionics has an alternative to buying a new GPS receiver with a moving map, or adding a $6,000 to $10,000 multifunction display.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2006

Is it time for you to buy? There's nothing quite like being an aircraft owner. The joy of going out to the airport and visiting your baby, even if not to fly, is a privilege few people can understand.

Guide to Member Services

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2006

Moving up: How that new aircraft may impact your aircraft insurance Are you interested in buying a new, more complex aircraft? Before you do, there are a few things you should know that may help with your aircraft insurance. Talk to a broker who specializes in general aviation aircraft before you go shopping.

Guide to Member Services

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2006

AOPA ONLINE Thunderstorm avoidance Every pilot knows not to tangle with thunderstorms, but weather is sometimes unpredictable and unexpected, and unfortunately, pilots can get caught in it. How can a pilot stay well informed about the weather along his route of flight? What weather factors should be considered before taking off, and re-evaluated along the way? How does one plan for an "out" where a safe landing can be made if necessary? Two AOPA Online presentations can help.

Guide to Member Services

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2006

Become an AOPA life member AOPA life members are dedicated to general aviation and promoting GA safety. "AOPA's life members rank among the greatest heroes of the past 100 years," says AOPA President Phil Boyer.

Guide to Member Services

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2005

Your last chance! December is the last month to join or renew your membership in general aviation's largest membership organization and to be automatically entered in the 2005 AOPA Commander Countdown Sweepstakes. One lucky pilot will win the completely refurbished Rockwell Commander 112A.

Guide to Member Services

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2005

AOPA ONLINE Night flying Night flying has its rewards. Pilots are treated to a private showing of spectacular electric light shows as cities slide beneath their wings.