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Aircraft maintenance: Mystery upgrades and opportunities

Aircraft Maintenance | Sep 11, 2014

What’s legal when it comes to modifying older aircraft? The starting point in any analysis of a potential aircraft modification is to answer the question: Is this a major alteration or a minor alteration?

A lot of love—and money: Over-the-top restorations

Pilot Magazine | Sep 08, 2014

A Piper Tri-Pacer, Cessna 182, and Cessna 310 today are better than the factories ever imagined—thanks to owners who wanted their aircraft to be, as the U.S. Army says, all they can be. They succeeded.

New marketing firm creates national network of aircraft restorers

Article | Aug 04, 2014

Triple R Aircraft sets high standards to spur demand for rebuilt aircraft.

AOPA tests new ways to open doors to aviation

Article | Jul 25, 2014

AOPA is testing whether aircraft ownership can be more affordable than many people believe with the development of “Reimagined Aircraft.”

Pilot retracing ‘Flight of Passage’ journey

Article | Jun 25, 2014

Chris and April Nesin are flying across the United States in the same 1949 Piper PA-11 that teenagers Kern and Rinker Buck flew across the country in 1966. Rinker Buck later penned the memoir “Flight of Passage” about the journey.

Debonair on deck

Pilot Magazine | Jun 04, 2014

I know I’ve said this for each of the four sweepstakes restoration airplanes I’ve overseen, but I’ll say it again anyway: The Debonair Sweepstakes airplane has been the most ambitious project yet.

Donated flights advance delta restoration effort

Article | May 20, 2014

Volunteer pilots from conservation nonprofit LightHawk have flown more than 100 missions that were “critical in energizing the push” to revitalize a western ecosystem.

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.

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).

Pilots

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.