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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.

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.