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Craftsmanship: Where Wacos take wing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 11, 2014

There’s nothing about the two-story brick building in the small central Pennsylvania town of Emigsville to suggest that the two master craftsmen inside create some of the world’s finest vintage biplanes.

Craftsmanship: Rare find

Pilot Magazine | Jan 24, 2014

Pilots find breathtaking beauty in the curve of a propeller, the shape of a wing, even the thoughtful interface of a piece of avionics.

House, Senate introduce bills to stop tower closings

Article | Apr 18, 2013

Despite an announcement by the FAA that will delay the closing of 149 federal air traffic control towers under automatic sequestration cuts until June 15, Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) have introduced the Protect Our Skies Act, which would stop the Department of Transportation from closing any towers during fiscal years 2013 and 2014.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2013

Mosquito bomber heading for U.S. Restoration took place in New Zealand By Alton K.

FAA agrees to delay Pearson Field airspace procedure

Advocacy | Sep 27, 2012

Bowing to pressure from the Washington and Oregon congressional delegations, aviation groups, and local pilots, the FAA will delay its planned Oct. 1 implementation of an airspace procedure affecting flights using Pearson Field in Vancouver, Wash.

Rebirth of the Pioneer RV

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

Dick VanGrunsven’s first airplane returns to the skies.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2011

A son's memorial to his dad This is the second time this Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair aircraft has been restored. After serving on two aircraft carriers during the Korean War, the aircraft went to the Honduran Air Force.

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.

Pilot Briefing

Article | Nov 01, 2010

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.’s X2 Technology demonstrator reached its goal in mid-September, a speed of 250 knots true airspeed in level flight. The speed is an unofficial speed record for a helicopter, the company claimed in a statement.

Seven Zero

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2009

This month marks the seventieth anniversary of AOPA’s founding, an event that took place after several aviation-minded Philadelphia lawyers had a discussion during a hunting trip. The conversation centered on general aviation’s lack of effective political representation.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

Space education center opens in New Hampshire The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, New England’s only air and space science center, opens March 6 in Concord, New Hampshire, after 10 years of planning. The center represents a major upgrading of the previously existing Christa McAuliffe Planetarium.

AOPA offers resources to help you upgrade your bird

Article | Dec 01, 2006

AOPA offers resources to help you upgrade your bird Get ideas from AOPA's sweepstakes aircraft restoration projects AOPA's Win-A-Six Sweepstakes aircraft will bean example of how STCs can improve your aircraft. Wanting to give your older, but still reliable aircraft a makeover that improves its utility, performance, and look? Well, AOPA can help you through the process.

Saving Aircraft Inc.

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2006

To find Chino Airport, drive an hour east of Los Angeles, turn south at Ontario, California, and when you reach the 1,000th Holstein milk cow on the right, you're there. A short distance from that cow is The Air Museum: Planes of Fame; some 25,000 people find it every year to attend shows on aviation history, see historic aircraft fly, and see aircraft from all eras in restoration.

AOPA Action in California

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2005

Truckee-Tahoe Airport seen as battleground Are the three board members of the Truckee-Tahoe Airport District planning on violating rules that came with past FAA airport grants? It looks that way to supporters, and AOPA officials have identified Truckee-Tahoe Airport as the potential site of the country's next big airport battle. After winning a majority of the five airport board seats last year, noise opponents have now delayed accepting an additional $450,000 in federal grant money that might restrict their ability to impose noise or growth limits on the airport.

AOPA Action in California

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2004

Truckee loses board majority to opponents The three new members of the Truckee-Tahoe Airport District elected to the five-member board in November are members of a group that wants to limit growth of the airport. Their candidacy was supported by the Community Airport Restoration Effort (CARE) that has raised concerns about land use and noise related to the airport.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2004

The Great Airplane Bank Robbery This is in response to "The Great Airplane Bank Robbery" article in your August issue. I have been telling that story to people for 35 years and have encountered some who knew of Bugs and his escapades.

California Flying

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2004

It's hard to see — most people don't even know there is an airport paralleling Highway 101 until they see an airplane landing, taking off, or circling in the pattern. As Highway 101 flows south out of San Jose it chokes down from eight lanes to six lanes and finally to four lanes in the vicinity of sleepy little San Martin, population 1,713.

The Accidental Showpiece

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2003

At some point in the restoration of an airplane, owners reach a point of no return of sorts. That's the point where passion for the project overruns economic practicality.

AOPA's petition to open up Washington, D.C.-area airports now on federal docket

Article | Jun 01, 2003

After almost three months, the FAA Office of Rulemaking has formally registered AOPA's petition to allow transient traffic use of the "DC3" airports (College Park Airport, Potomac Airpark, and Washington Executive/Hyde Field) in Maryland, close to Washington, D.C. AOPA had filed the petition in October and has been pressing the FAA to put it on the docket ever since.

AOPA Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2003

Prospecting Long Island's ghost airports for our Waco's history There was no guarantee that sauntering among three Long Island, New York, airports used by our AOPA Sweepstakes Waco in the early 1940s would yield clues to its past. One, Floyd Bennett Memorial Field, is now a ghost airport waiting for restoration by the National Park Service.

Cessna Airmaster

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2002

Cessna Airmaster N25485 is widely traveled From the day Cessna Airmaster N25485 was born in 1940 it has had it all — travel, privilege, attention, the best of everything. First, it was a factory show horse, the company demonstrator.

AOPA Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2002

The 67-year-old barnstormer design is still in production No, this is not your AOPA Sweepstakes Waco UPF-7. So why are we telling you about it? Partly to resolve the confusion, and partly to let you know that new biplanes based on a 1935 barnstormer design are still in production.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2002

Post September 11, 2001, AOPA's mission, as well as our promise to you, has been to restore all aspects of general aviation to as close to "normal" conditions as feasible, and we have surely played a leading role to accomplish that on your behalf. What has also been very clear to all of us is that general aviation today remains misunderstood by nearly everyone.