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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.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2002

GA Restoration Fund Media Campaign to Launch A massive AOPA-led media campaign to correct public misconceptions about general aviation flying is set to launch in August. The unprecedented effort to tell the truth about GA flying centers on a new permanent Web site promoting GA, complemented by advertisements in major newspapers and intensive public relations outreach to political leaders, government officials, and the public.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2002

Chicago's Meigs Field to Remain OpenVictory Proves Pilots Can Overcome Long Odds to Save Airports, Says Boyer Chicago's close-in Meigs Field will remain open for another 25 years, capping more than six years of unceasing efforts by local pilots and AOPA to save the embattled airport. Illinois Gov.

AOPA Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2002

They don't build airplanes like they used to No wonder they don't "build 'em like they used to." Parts counts and labor costs in our 1940 Waco UPF-7 are prohibitive by today's standards. The wings may be the most labor-intensive portion of the restoration of your Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes airplane, but there is strong competition for that title from all other parts of the aircraft.

An Aero Commander Restoration

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2002

One man's claim on Aero Commander's glory days T. Alan Hart — a Jasper, Texas, lawyer — had some specific ideas in mind when he pondered buying his next airplane.

AOPA Expo 2001

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2002

Life after the party AOPA members recently spent three days celebrating the freedom of flight and the association's ongoing efforts to restore general aviation. Instead of concluding that pilots shouldn't be allowed to have so much fun and freedom, AOPA threw a party and made plans for the future.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2002

Flying in formation takes caution, planning, and skill — and flying formation in the skies over summer airshows also requires a special kind of training. Last fall, AOPA Pilot Associate Editor Julie K.

AOPA Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2002

A radial engine, an open cockpit, and more fun than you can imagine If you're unfamiliar with antique aircraft, you're asking, "AOPA is giving away a whatco?" It's a Waco, and the name rhymes with taco. AOPA's two-year celebration of the 100th anniversary of powered flight begins this month with the restoration of your Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes airplane — a pilot-friendly 1940 Waco UPF-7 biplane.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2001

A Time for Action: AOPA Announces Member-Supported General Aviation Restoration Fund AOPA's efforts to restore general aviation flying across America took an extraordinary turn last month with the establishment of the General Aviation Restoration Fund. AOPA is asking members to dig deep during this crisis to institute a sweeping education campaign to inform the public and government officials about general aviation's positive contributions and significant economic impact that stretches nationwide.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2001

Phil Boyer, AOPA's president since 1991, has been a member of the association since 1967. The aviation year is coming to a close far differently than any of us expected and considerably altered from the way it started.

AOPA Action

Article | Apr 01, 2001

FAA Improvements Cut, Then Restored After AOPA-Led Fight It took just 11 days in February for an AOPA-led industry lobbying effort to convince the Bush administration to restore critical cuts in the FAA's 2002 budget. Restoration will allow badly needed upgrades in ATC, airport improvements, and relief from air traffic congestion and delays, as directed by Congress last year with passage of the Aviation Investment and Reform Act (AIR-21).


Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2000

Twenty miles into the Nevada desert, the ritz, glitz, and excess of Las Vegas fade into rock, dust, and boundless sky. This is the town of Jean, allegedly named for Jean Peters, the actress and former wife of the late billionaire/aviator/recluse Howard Hughes.

Postcards: Birthplace of Aviation: Southern Ohio

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2000

As we walked to her car, my tour guide, Liz, was indignant. "We have a terrible feud going with North Carolina," she explained.

AOPA "Timeless Tri-Pacer" 1998 Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 1998

Finishing the work on our yearlong restoration No doubt about it. The tension increased during AOPA Expo this October for the upcoming selection of a winner for the Timeless Tri-Pacer.

AOPA "Timeless Tri-Pacer" 1998 Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 1998

Undertaking restoration of the Timeless Tri-Pacer's airframe You never know what you'll find when you open up a 40-year-old airplane, particularly one swathed in fabric. Will the stories told by the airframe be of hardship and neglect or of easy living and fanatical upkeep? A lot depends on continuing maintenance, use of the airplane, and, quite honestly, luck.

AOPA "Timeless Tri-Pacer" 1998 Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1998

We embark upon the restoration of the Timeless Tri-Pacer John Lammers stood by the edge of the runway and watched his (or, what used to be his) red-and-white Piper Tri-Pacer take the active. As the jaunty little airplane rushed down the runway — OK, it was cool out and I was alone — Lammers grabbed his radio and called, "Good luck, Marc.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 1997

Pilot Avionics DNC Headset Add one more reasonably priced active noise-canceling headset to this growing market segment. Pilot Avionics' new PA 17-76 Direct Noise Canceling headset, with a $599 suggested retail price (you'll likely be able to buy it for less than $400), does an admirable job of taming harmful noise and frequency levels and is also ergonomically friendly.

Buck-Fifty and Change

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1997

C.J. Sury didn't intend to own the first and last Cessna 150s built.