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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2004

Pilots from six states have trained with Arthur A.C. (Tony) Markl in Marydel, Maryland.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2004

For most pilots, flying FA2 Harriers for Britain's Royal Air Force would be adventure enough for one lifetime. And Tim Ellison, who amassed 2,500 hours of military jet time and served as a weapons instructor during 11 years in the RAF, concurs that the Harrier is "the ultimate pilot's machine: tons of power, seven different ways to take off, and 14 different ways to land." But an engine failure in May 1992 while hovering at 120 feet agl — too low for Ellison to eject — left him paraplegic, and at the cusp of a new challenge.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2004

Keith Darrow walks out of a cavernous hangar on the edge of the Patuxent River and makes a beeline for what most of us know as a Beechcraft King Air. But unlike most King Air pilots, Darrow and his only passenger wear the dark green Nomex flight suits of military aviators.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2004

Author and pilot James Fallows admits he's thrown up three times in an airplane. The third time he was doing some spin training in a Cessna 152.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2004

Capt. Joe Kittinger didn't consider himself a skydiver and he certainly wasn't a paratrooper.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2003

Johnny Miller defines the term do-it-yourselfer. He mows his own lawn (no mean feat for someone closing the book on his ninety-eighth year), he taught himself how to repair and time a magneto in his late teens (among other mechanical tasks), and he hasn't had a cold in 25 years.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2003

Compared to Scott Crossfield the laconic seem positively chatty. The impassive are overemotional.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2003

Sometimes you take a roundabout way to get to where you want to be. For Bill Adler Jr.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2003

His résumé doesn't tell the whole story. It indicates he went here, did that, then went elsewhere.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2003

The dream was fading. Like so many kids all over the world, Aaron Singer had desperately, passionately wanted to fly.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2003

When asked about Gerry Molidor Jr., just about anyone who knows him will reply, "He's such a nice guy." Molidor can always find time to give a short aerobatics demonstration or a quick aerodynamics lesson. Molidor has experienced just about everything civilian aviation has to offer.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2003

In 1933, Joe Tolley soloed an Aeronca C-3 and fell in love with aviation. He bought a piece of land in 1934 in Pence Springs, West Virginia — a grass strip mowed out of a cozy river valley and shaded with trees and the ridgelines of the Appalachians.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2003

No one knows the Wright brothers like Tom Crouch, and he never met either of them. Crouch is the senior curator of aeronautics at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and his specialty is, yup, the Wrights.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2003

I had known Lynn Karlin of Belfast, Maine, for several years when she rang me up and said she had an idea for a collaborative article. Many people pitch you story ideas, or want you to help them write their memoirs, when they know you work as a writer — but this was different.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2003

As we approach the 100-year commemoration of the Wright brothers' epic flight at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, it is only appropriate that we honor individuals who have contributed to keeping the dream of aviation alive. One such person is Oliver Boyd Clow, known as "Boyd," whose passion for and contribution to aviation has spanned five decades.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2003

Fourteen-year-old Sergei Sikorsky just barely missed being an eyewitness to history — his father Igor's first tethered flight in the very first helicopter, the VS-300, on September 14, 1939. "But I was there probably a week later when he made his first untethered hops and jumps," says Sikorsky.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2003

On a Saturday morning, Bill Honan pilots a bright-yellow Stearman across the sky near Warrenton, Virginia. Fifteen hundred feet below and a mile away, the grass airstrip of the Flying Circus Aerodrome is in the midst of an aviation frenzy.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2002

At 81, Dr. Forrest M.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2002

"You haven't lived until you've put a seat belt on a naked man," says Tim Johnson, an Arlington, Washington, pilot who has lived through that experience in the jungles of Brazil. The adventure occurred in the 1960s after Johnson, now 65, started his first job as a pilot and mechanic for a missionary group.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2002

In 1980 Ed Hommer was flying the Alaskan bush in a Cessna 185. On this December day he had picked up three tourists from the airport at Talkeetna, Alaska, for a round-robin trip to Denali, or Mount McKinley as it used to be called.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2002

It wasn't working with Marilyn Monroe or Clark Gable or even Montgomery Clift. It was the hot coffee, always fresh.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2002

Jim Younkin can be described three ways: among the best at aircraft metalworking; builder of antique aircraft who has restored or replicated some of the most famous planes of aviation's Golden Age; and, oh yes, pioneering developer of autopilots for small aircraft and holder of 20 patents. Younkin, the 73-year-old father of airshow performer Bobby Younkin, is enshrined in two aviation halls of fame, one sponsored by his home state of Arkansas and the other by the antique and classic aircraft section of the Experimental Aircraft Association.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2002

Eddie Franco — commercial pilot, multiengine and instrument flight instructor, Antarctic explorer, former professional blackjack player, and chief operating officer of one of the nation's largest professional electronic trading firms — doesn't think of his Piper Malibu Mirage as just transportation; it's also his office and his turbocharged tour bus. Granco spends as many as 23 days every month on the road traveling among his company's 35 offices across the United States.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2002

Richard Bach doesn't have the stern, clipped voice of an ex-jet jock. He has a soothing voice, a kindly voice, kind of like the one your father gets when he becomes a granddad.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2002

When Project Pilot was launched in April 1994, AOPA hoped it would be just the ticket to encourage many ground-bound individuals to consider becoming pilots themselves. The idea was that a trusted mentor could help a new student pilot navigate through the sometimes confusing process of earning a pilot certificate.