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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.