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Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2003

Here is a legal topic that continues to be of interest to our members, one that we haven't covered in recent years. It is an explanation of the law and procedures that are available to protect buyers, sellers, and financers in aircraft title transactions, especially when buying an aircraft.

Answers for Pilots

Article | Oct 01, 2002

Introducing friends and family to GA One of the finer perks of employment at AOPA headquarters in Frederick, Maryland, is the "First Flight" program. Not everyone who comes to work for AOPA is a pilot and many may never have flown in a general aviation aircraft before.

Budget Buys

Article | Jul 01, 2002

There's gotta be a way, right? If one person can easily afford to own a Cessna 152, does that mean two can operate a Cessna 172 just as inexpensively? That recent question from a reader triggered this article. No need to make you wade through a lot of verbiage for the answer: Anecdotally, the answer is yes.


Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2002

Joe Weber, best-selling novelist of such techno-thrillers as Defcon One, Rules of Engagement, and Primary Target, remembers well the visceral excitement of being a Marine aviator. A great imagination coupled to a seemingly bottomless well of interesting flying experiences from those days fuels his writing, and has proven an irresistible formula for legions of addicted readers.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2002

Educated owners do the math Whether you're buying, selling, or just trying to figure out how much insurance to carry, it pays to know the numbers. The numbers come from AOPA's Aircraft Valuation Service by Vref.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2001

Anyone who has been involved in the buying or selling of a used aircraft has probably wrestled with this nagging legal problem: Who is responsible for defects discovered in the aircraft after it has been sold? There are some standard techniques that we have developed over the years to try to address this problem. They are usually very helpful, and they work most of the time, but, as we will see, imaginative lawyers may attempt to find ways around them.


Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 1999

Staggeringly beautiful I found the article "Beech's Beautiful Biplane" (October Pilot) fantastic. I personally feel that the Beech Staggerwing is the most beautiful airplane ever built (a P-51 Mustang comes close), and have admired this plane for many years.


Article | Dec 01, 1999

Here in the Information Age, hardly a day goes by that we're not introduced to some new way to access — or be overrun by — data. Certainly in aviation, the way in which we preflight, fly, train, and even buy aircraft is dramatically different than it was just a few years ago.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1999

Buying an aircraft, whether it is new or used, is a big event in anyone's life. For many of us, it will be the biggest single purchase we will make, next to buying a home.

AOPA Access

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 1998

AOPA's Aviation Services specialist answers many calls on different types of aircraft ownership. Members who are asking about the different types of ownership options may be realizing a lifelong dream of ownership, or purchasing an aircraft to make their business more productive.

AOPA Expo '98

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 1998

AOPA revisits Hollywood's sandbox for this year's Expo AOPA's Expo is returning to the popular setting of Palm Springs, California, this October 23, 24, and 25. This warm desert oasis has been a consistent favorite for attendees of the association's annual convention for several reasons.

Turbine Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 1997

Few general aviation manufacturers have experienced the highs and lows of Learjet. For about the first 30 years of its existence, the company was bought and sold by a series of entrepreneurial owners — always enthusiastic but not always capable of efficiently building and selling business jets.

AOPA Expo '97

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 1997

Seminars expected to be a top attraction AOPA Expo '97 is headed back to Orlando, one of America's most popular vacation destinations, where it is sure to make a bigger splash than ever before. You'll find scores of seminars to keep your aeronautical knowledge up to date, new aircraft on static display, and hundreds of tempting products.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 1996

Unless you are in the business of buying and selling aircraft, you are probably only vaguely familiar with AOPA's title and escrow services. These are services that could prove to be very helpful to you.

Buying In

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 1996

Efforts up front can save grief later You wouldn't purchase a home without a walk-through — or even a melon without a squeeze — and you should not buy an airplane without a prepurchase inspection. Few steps in the buying process can save you from emotional and economic grief as can a well- organized prepurchase inspection.