AOPA Pilot Magazine May 2014

May 2014 Volume 57 / Number 5

75 Years
Cover Story | May 2014
Special Seventy Fifth Anniversary Edition

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How we'll fly in 2089

General aviation’s future depends on dealing with higher costs and on making do with less, says industry analyst Richard Aboulafia.

Apr 08, 2014 | comments

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What if?

Over the 75 years since AOPA’s founding, its principal goal has been to prevent GA from suffering a fate analogous to Bambi’s. Yes, AOPA’s charter gives the association three main goals: to make flying easier, safer, and more fun.

Apr 08, 2014 | comments

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Same as it ever was

Today someone will walk in to a flight school and plunk down a bunch of money to fulfill a dream.

Apr 08, 2014

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General aviation giants

General aviation has always attracted larger-than-life personalities.

Apr 08, 2014

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A plane-crazy America

The realization may not immediately spring to mind, but the fact is that general aviation’s mass appeal has always been powerful over the past 100-plus years.

Apr 08, 2014

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Airports and their stories

Airports are where our dreams come true. But although these gateways to the sky are revered by pilots and those who love aviation, they often are vilified by neighbors and damned by detractors.

Apr 08, 2014 | comments

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75 Years: The first to sign up

Seventy-five years after its founding in May 1939, a dozen charter members remain active on AOPA’s membership rolls

Apr 04, 2014

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75 Years: There at the beginning

The Pylon Club—a flying club based at Patco Field in Norristown, Pennsylvania—was having another of its fly-outs.

Apr 04, 2014 | comments

Commentary

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Letters: A Tipping Point for 406 MHz

Dave Hirschman’s update on the installation of ELTs struck home for many readers at an interesting time in aviation history.

Apr 04, 2014

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Pilot Counsel: It was 1965...

My editors, otherwise great people, twisted my arm to write something about my long and happy relationship with AOPA Pilot magazine as being appropriate to this seventy-fifth anniversary of AOPA.

Apr 04, 2014

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License to Learn: What’s in a date?

AOPA has been nothing less than a caped crusader protecting the liberty of everyone who flies.

Apr 04, 2014

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Safety Pilot: My retrospective

Staying on the centerline is important for both pilots and organizations. On this seventy-fifth anniversary of AOPA’s founding, the organization’s objectives remain the same.

Apr 04, 2014

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Proficient Pilot: 60 years a member

Dark clouds had been gathering when AOPA was founded in May 1939. World War II began only four months later when Germany invaded Poland.

Apr 04, 2014

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Waypoints: Bring it on

Messy, this learning to fly business. I was 15 years old and completely lost and overwhelmed by ground school.

Apr 04, 2014

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President's Position: What’s past is prologue

Most of us weren’t born in May 1939 when a handful of pilots gathered around a table to formalize a commitment they’d long since made—to protect the freedom to fly.

Apr 04, 2014 | comments

Departments

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AOPA Fly-ins: Indianapolis

The airport’s FBO, Indy Jet; Indianapolis-area EAA chapters; and the Indianapolis Aviation Authority are working with AOPA to make the May 31 fly-in an event to remember.

Apr 10, 2014

Pilot Magazine

Pilots: Mary Silitch

Mary Silitch’s love of aviation started when she was four years old, after taking a flight in a crop duster over her family’s Arkansas farm.

Apr 08, 2014

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Never again: Snakes alive!

Once upon a time, two men were flying in a Bonanza across Florida, from St. Petersburg to Vero Beach. It was a warm day, VFR weather, but with occasional isolated showers that are typical of that part of the country.

Apr 08, 2014

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Visual Approach: Advanced Technology

New categories such as kit airplanes and Light Sport aircraft have joined the old standards from the 1950s like the Cessna 172, but most new aircraft built today feature advanced technology including glass cockpits, satellite navigation, and electronic engine monitors.

Apr 08, 2014

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Visual Approach: Boom Times

A flood of surplus aircraft, affordable prices, and new models stoked a boom in general aviation sales in the 1960s and 1970s.

Apr 08, 2014

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Visual Approach: Pioneer Legacy

Practicality was the name of the game as aviation’s Golden Age ended in 1938 and war quickly approached. Despite the previous era’s name, there was little gold in the slowly growing industry.

Apr 08, 2014

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Membership News & Notes: AOPA supports Able Flight

AOPA President Mark Baker presented an $8,000 check to Able Flight Executive Director Charles Stites to help the organization with its efforts to offer free flight training to the disabled.

Apr 04, 2014

Pilot Magazine

Fly-Ins/Indianapolis:From the track to the sky

On the heels of the Indianapolis 500, AOPA’s Fly-In at Indianapolis Regional Airport (MQJ) May 31 will turn heads from the track to the sky.

Apr 04, 2014

Pilot Magazine

Test Pilot

What World War II training aircraft made its maiden flight on the same date—May 15, 1939—that AOPA was founded?

Apr 04, 2014

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Briefing: Where it all began

It was 1939 and war was looming in Europe. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was president of the United States.

Apr 04, 2014

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