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'Sportsman Pilot' back issues available online

Article | Aug 10, 2015

A popular aviation magazine that ceased publication after its founder died in 2011 is now available online, thanks to the efforts of an Illinois pilot.

Mastering the Martin's Marauder

Pilot Magazine | Aug 10, 2015

Finally, there is Flak-Bait, the B–26B-25-MA that rolled out of Martin’s Plant 2 in Middle River, Maryland, in April 1943.

Embracing the Mustang

Article | May 14, 2015

Cal-Pacific Airmotive on Salinas Municipal Airport never set out to become a P-51 parts source and premier rebuilder of Mustangs.

Presidential restoration

Article | Apr 29, 2015

Former presidential aircraft Columbine II, which may have been the first to fly as “Air Force One,” is on track for restoration.

Honoring Jerrie Mock

Article | Dec 05, 2014

A Tennessee pilot has duplicated the paint scheme on Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock's Cessna 180 to honor her legacy.

Restoration of weather observer urged for Gulkana, Alaska

Advocacy | Nov 12, 2014

AOPA is urging the FAA to restore canceled weather augmentation services at Alaska’s Gulkana Airport.

Craftsmanship: Old-style restoration

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 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. But who makes this stuff and, in some cases, keeps it beautiful for decades?

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.