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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 1997

As a child, Svea Wall was scared to fly. She grew up in a family of, as she puts it, white-knuckled flyers.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1997

It doesn't take a couch and a hundred bucks' worth of psychoanalysis to figure out Tim Paul's thought pattern. About every third minute it has something to do with an airplane.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 1997

Somehow the ice that is building into a milk-colored miniature mountain range on the leading edge of the wing seems appropriate, if not reassuring. My commuter flight to Burlington, Vermont, after all, is whisking me to a meeting with Robert (Bob) Buck, renowned pilot, writer, and aviation weather expert.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 1997

If anthropologists were to perform a study of pilots, they'd find two subspecies: In the majority, Pilotus waltermittyus, they would find pilots dreaming of abandoning the rat race and squandering their fortunes while cruising above remote and primitive places in a rickety-looking adventure ship. In the minority, the dwindling and endangered (though unelusive) Pilotus nationalgeographicus, they would find a few elderly astronauts, a couple of heavily sideburned specimens named Rutan, two Yeagers (unrelated), and one erstwhile institutional broker named Peter McMillan.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 1997

In 1981, the Santa Monica (California) City Council was planning to close its municipal airport (SMO) and use the residual land for low-income housing and commercial development. To harass airport users, the city had repeatedly closed the observation deck under the pretense that it was a fire hazard.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 1997

Most people envision a Boeing 747 captain as a person with gray hair and half-rim glasses — someone who is old enough to have a recollection of where he was when JFK was assassinated. Ed Maxwell has jet black hair and perfect vision, and he wasn't yet born on November 22, 1963.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 1997

Watching Vadim Kulikov unfold himself from the cockpit of a University of North Dakota (UND) Decathlon, one senses immediately that there is something different about this particular flight instructor. He carries himself with a quiet confidence and stature that speak of far more hours and experience than most instructors have.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1997

On a gentle spring morning in June 1987, 17-year-old Kim Darst landed a Bell JetRanger in a soccer field behind her high school in Blairstown, New Jersey, a rural community in the northwest corner of the state. As the rotor blades slowed to a stop, she climbed from the cockpit and knelt in the grass beside the helicopter.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 1997

At first pass, cultivating the delicate fruit of grapevines into a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon might seem to have little in common with flying. But that's only if you've never talked to Bo Barrett.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 1997

Most pilots would enjoy having a mechanic like Paul Finefield — a guy who will listen to a pilot's view of a problem and not belittle him for his lack of mechanical knowledge; a mechanic who can stand behind his work and make sure that everything is fixed right; someone who can readily pass on advice regarding airplane operation and upkeep; and someone who will let the customer into the shop to participate in the maintenance of his or her airplane. Finefield and his son, Jim, run Finefield Aviation — one of the finest Beechcraft facilities in the country, says the American Bonanza Society (ABS).

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1997

While it's not unusual for a doctor to be an avid flier, Dr. Oliver Smithies is neither your usual doctor, nor is he your typical avid flier.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 1997

Stanley Jennings of Tucumcari, New Mexico, is an ex-fighter pilot with thousands of hours in high-performance airplanes. Yet he is unabashedly in love with Ercoupes — those unique, easy-to-fly birds designed without rudder pedals — and spends his days finding and restoring them.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 1996

When you first hear what Bruce Miller does for thrills, you'll think he's out of his mind. After all, flying into blossoming thunderstorm clouds is an activity that most pilots avoid.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1996

Life doesn't always turn out the way you thought it would. For instance, when Bob Munro and two friends founded the Kenmore Air Harbor floatplane business in Seattle in 1946, he never thought he would end up owning one of the largest floatplane FBOs in the world.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 1996

Whenever I hear the word airman, I think of Eddie Ruhl. To me, that term has always been evocative of something deeper than the simple appellation of pilot.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 1996

Learning to fly wasn't even on Tobe Gooden's top ten list of things to do as graduation from the Air Force Academy loomed in 1966. He had every intention of becoming an aeronautical engineer, which was the reason he had entered the academy in the first place.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 1996

Sometime in late August or early September, people living in the corridor between Houston and Galveston, Texas, will be treated to the sight of a perky small biplane passing overhead. It will be painted in the Navy fighter scheme of the late 1930s.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 1996

Like most pilots with both civilian and military ratings, Eileen Collins has logged a variety of aircraft types: Cessna 150, Northrop T-38, Cessna T-37, Lockheed C-141, Schweitzer 2-33, and McDonnell Douglas F-4. Despite more than 4,000 hours of flying time in 30 different types of aircraft, the 39-year-old Air Force lieutenant colonel has no trouble singling out the logbook entry of which she is most proud: Date, Feb.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 1996

Once in a great while a hangar session concludes with, "[He/ she] is the best pilot I've ever seen." When such praise comes from pilots who are themselves remarkably talented, it's time to find out about whom they are talking. In this case, it's 42-year-old Continental Airlines Captain Carl Pascarell of Jacksonville, Florida.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1996

If Jack Neubacher is a modern Don Quixote tilting at the spectral windmill of general aviation's decline, then his companion, his Sancho Panza, is his 1956 Piper Tri-Pacer, Pegasus. The man whose license plate reads "Fly 4 Fun" is a self-admitted and unashamed throwback who says, "A few years ago I was told that the type of aviation I'm looking for is gone forever.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 1996

Neil Anderson was 19 and studying for the priesthood at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1953, when a Navy recruiter desperate enough to interview divinity students laid down a challenge. "What do you do?" Anderson asked.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 1996

There's a good chance that you have already shared a cockpit with Stu Moment. It might have been aboard a Cessna Citation or a Learjet, or a humble Cessna 172.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1996

If you think that only guys can really get excited about flying helicopters, then you haven't met Marialaina Hoban. She is one of the few civilian-trained female helicopter CFIs actively teaching.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 1996

Ahh, the extent to which youth will go to reach the sky. We all remember those crusty morality tales from now-ancient airport kids who washed Cub wings or hauled five-gallon gas cans to a barnstormer's Jenny, all to pay for a few minutes of flight.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 1995

"I fly the world's biggest biplane." It wasn't an ego-laden boast, only a quiet statement of fact from a soft-spoken, 60-ish man with a demeanor that says he's been around the patch a few times. Tom McMurtry made the statement at the Experimental Aircraft Association's 1995 International Fly-in Convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, standing beside his stunning Boston maroon-and-yellow Waco UPF-7, surely one of the most beautiful Wacos in the world.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1995

General aviation has been important to the success of Joseph G. (Joe) Fabick, and now the Milwaukee businessman is using general aviation to make a difference in the lives of others.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 1995

Richard A. (Dick) Henson is extremely proud of his latest personal aircraft, a Lear 31 business jet, and admits he enjoys operating the sleek high-performance machine from the left seat.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 1995

Mel Fielder can fool you. Dressed in a beige flight suit as he waits for his next Stearman passenger on a golden summer afternoon, he doesn't look much like an FAA official.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 1995

What do you get when you combine a creative talent for electrical engineering with a love of flying? You get artistic urges, that's what. And if you happen to be John W.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 1995

Henry Kisor, 54, is like a lot of new private pilots in their early 50s. His aviation fascination has been lifelong, but learning to fly waited until family obligations were met.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 1995

A silver-gray pickup parked in the lot at Gnoss Field wears the California license plate AV 8 TORR. Its owner, retired Air Force Lt.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1995

Growing up near New York City's Curtiss Field and Idlewild Airport in the 1940s and 50s would naturally influence anyone with a spark of interest in aviation. Bob Osinski was no exception.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 1995

Learning to fly has opened unexpected doors for many a pilot. Few, however, can lay claim to the one-of-a-kind life path traveled by Ann Wood-Kelly since earning her wings back in 1939.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1995

In television cop lingo, Mary Lowery would be described as a Caucasian female in her early thirties, last seen in the vicinity of Brooklyn's Floyd Bennett Field wearing a regulation dark blue flight suit. Even if you couldn't pick her out of a police lineup with that description, here's one more clue: Lowery is the first, the only, woman pilot in New York City Police Department's 60-man — uh, 60-person — Aviation Unit.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 1995

In a state where it can seem like everyone is from someplace else, Mark L. Futch's Florida roots run centuries deep.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 1994

It's 98 degrees outside Repeat Aircraft in Riverside, California, and Bill Turner is panting slightly, having just come up from the restaurant looking for one of his employees. "I liken people in aviation to carrying a glass of water without the glass," the former law school dean says.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1994

"Freedom." To most people lucky enough to be born in a free society, the word itself rings of cliché. But in the summer of 1994, Americans were reminded of how concrete a concept freedom can be, how desperately coveted it is by those to whom it's denied.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 1994

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood. And sorry I could not travel both, and be one traveler." Robert Frost's lines embody the agonizings of all young people considering a career in aviation.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 1994

If the three most important rules of real estate are location, location, and location, it might seem odd that Brad Bertling has managed to make a success of a flight school located in the middle of the southern California desert, 30 miles away from the nearest civilization. But to Bertling, it makes perfect sense.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 1994

At the age of 32, Kevin Eldridge makes his living restoring and flying World War II aircraft. Seventeen hundred of his 2,100 flight hours have been in vintage warbirds.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 1994

In his 50 years and more than 21,000 hours of flying, Walter Pine has been in the thick of adventure. He has piloted a C-130 Hercules on daring single-airplane missions into North Vietnam and has flown stunts and camera airplanes for the Hollywood movie industry.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1994

Five minutes after the telephone rings, Deputy Lawrence Hardiman is spooling up the turbine engine on the Port St. Lucie County (Florida) Sheriff Department's Bell 206L LongRanger helicopter.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 1994

The Samoa Airport Bed and Breakfast is, well, different. But thanks to Donald and Shauna Burrow's offbeat vision, it works.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1994

Forty years is a long time to stay in one place. But southwest Florida, and in particular Fort Myers, hardly seems the same place it was in the early 1950s, when Ed Wilson and Fort Myers Airways were getting their start together.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 1994

Bill Morris seems restless, but this is nothing new. A restlessness born of curiosity, intellect, and an adventuresome spirit has defined Morris' life.

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Article | Dec 01, 1993

Mike Hart vividly recalls the day he decided to become a pilot. He and several high-school companions visited the local grass strip, intent on taking their first airplane ride.

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Article | Nov 01, 1993

Anyone who's been through an FAA check ride or two might get the idea that one of the requirements for becoming an FAA designated examiner is to have been in combat in World War II, or at least look the part. When one conjures up the image of a pilot examiner, one thinks of the distinguished older gentleman, to put it mildly, or of a gruff, leather-faced and weather-beaten old-timer, to put it not so mildly.

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Article | Oct 01, 1993

Feeling depressed over the government's latest tax or regulatory salvo? Tired of fighting the bureaucracy, bucking traffic, fearing crime, and watching the main road into town turn into a fast-food and discount- megamart ghetto? Do you sometimes wonder what this country is coming to? Then what you need is perspective. "America is an absolute dream," proclaims one who by all appearances is living a dream.

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Article | Sep 01, 1993

To hear Craig Walco tell it, it was practically preordained that he wind up in what he calls the perfect flying job. "I've got a really weird resume," he says.

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Article | Aug 01, 1993

Sometime in the second six-hour leg of a one-day Piper Malibu flight across this large country of ours, the scene turns surreal. Your body clock seems to slow down, and the cockpit turns serene at Flight Level 250; the passengers are fast asleep, and you wish you could be, too.