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Pilots: Legendary test pilot R.A. 'Bob' Hoover

Pilot Magazine | Jun 04, 2014

Listening to Bob Hoover tell the stories of his life, one is apt to wonder Is this for real?

Pilots: Steve Stafford

Pilot Magazine | Mar 06, 2014

Pilots who saw the 1998 motion picture, Six Days, Seven Nights, might have wondered how a de Havilland Beaver could be ditched near the rugged shoreline of Kauai.

Pilots: Jerry Knouff

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

When you’ve done a little bit of everything in aviation, it can be hard to know what defines you.

Pilots: Bill Brennand

Pilot Magazine | Jan 23, 2014

The only thing worse than having a propeller come apart in flight, is to have it come apart at low altitude.

Pilots: Tom Davis

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Thirty-three years of service in the United States Navy didn’t make Tom Davis wealthy or famous.

Pilots: Big Mac pilot

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

“Every single time I leave the ground, I’m looking forward to the next time,” says Reginald “Reggie” Webb, owner of a Lancair IV-P.

Pilots: Rescue ranger

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

As a Maryland State Police helicopter pilot, Jim MacKay couldn’t believe the call that came in.

Pilots: Jack Schulte

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

Jack Schulte prefers to fly in summer—and he does so for six months a year. In June, July, and August, he flies a Cessna 182 in the Mountain West from his home at Alpine Airpark in Wyoming.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

From the time Craig Schulz, 60, built aircraft models and briefly flew his Cox U-Control Curtiss P–40, he wanted to fly. The P–40 model was wrecked by a friend of his father, Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, shortly after it was purchased.

Pilots: Fran Bera

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

It was June 23, 1955, my seventeenth birthday, as I nervously began taxiing the Aeronca Champ in which I was taking my private pilot checkride. Fran Bera, the designated examiner, sat in the rear of the tandem cockpit, observing my every move. Mine was only one of more than 3,000 flight tests she would conduct, and my examiner was to become one of the most successful woman racing pilots of all time (if not the most successful).

Pilots: Vladimir Lange

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

When Vladimir Lange first soloed in the early 1970s, he was a young medical-school student at Harvard. It was a long journey from his youth in Russia (his family was loyal to the czar and escaped to Brazil during the Russian Revolution), growing up in the rain forest, living in a desert village in Iran, to high school in a Jesuit convent in France.

Pilots: Corkey Fornof

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

If Paul Mantz and Frank Tallman were the household names of Hollywood stunt flying in their day, then surely Corkey Fornof took up that mantle and has worn it ever since.

Pilots: Angela Masson

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

She just didn’t get it. After snagging her certificate at age 17 and setting a cross-country record flying in the Powder Puff Derby, Angela Masson’s first job was instructor for the Claire Walters Flight Academy in Santa Monica, California, which had a contract to give Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine student pilots their first 40 hours.

Pilots: Steve Lassetter

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2013

Will fly for work

Pilots: James Lipton

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2013

Inside this television host is a pilot

Pilots: 'Skychick'

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2012

Runways are her 'funways'.

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Pilots: Adrian Eichhorn

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2012

He's a Bonanza/Baron guru.

Pilots: Nick Baker

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2012

Meet Capt’n Nick. A business-jet captain for NetJets Aviation, who flies affluent clients to destinations in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean, Nick Baker also transports less well-heeled passengers to a place they’ve never been before—the aviation world of yesteryear.

Pilots: Spencer Suderman

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2012

Ask Spencer Suderman why he is an aerobatic airshow performer, and he’ll tell you straight out: “Because I’m a narcissist. I like people to watch what I do.” He’ll tell you that with a self-deprecating grin and a twinkle in his brown eyes because, although he talks a big game, he’s actually a big, fun-loving softie who was nauseated every time he went under the hood while working on his instrument rating.

Pilots: Terry Bryan

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

Early one morning, the day before Veteran’s Day, I received a phone call from my friend Terry Bryan asking if I could be at the Sunport in Albuquerque in two hours. Standing by two hours later, a sleek Cessna Conquest II taxied up with Bryan at the controls.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2012

It's a typical day for Lt. Col. Mark Richey of the Air National Guard. He and the co-pilot he's training have departed NATO's Kandahar Air Base in a C–27 twin to deliver and pick up soldiers and supplies from forward bases in western Afghanistan.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2012

At a time when doctors making house calls in the United States has pretty much been relegated to history, flying physician Dave Baldwin uses his airplane to cover an entire country. The irrepressible former Royal New Zealand Air Force flight surgeon flies his own Cessna 172 XP from his home on the North Island throughout the rugged and remote South Island, performing aviation medical exams for pilots who would otherwise have to spend a full day driving to a traditional medical office.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

A knack for all things mechanical brought Nancy Ginesi-Hill from dreaming about flying to serving as a flight engineer for the only B–24 Liberator still flying.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

Stuart Powell's first job was as a part-time line boy at Goodall Field, just south of Danville, Kentucky, where he took flying lessons in the afternoons and would occasionally taxi a Piper J¿3 Cub around the field on the evenings when the manager left him to close. He got a little faster each night and would sometimes get airborne, chopping the throttle before the tires of the perky yellow Cub got too far above the grass.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

Stuart Powell's first job was as a part-time line boy at Goodall Field, just south of Danville, Kentucky, where he took flying lessons in the afternoons and would occasionally taxi a Piper J–3 Cub around the field on the evenings when the manager left him to close. He got a little faster each night and would sometimes get airborne, chopping the throttle before the tires of the perky yellow Cub got too far above the grass.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2012

More than 10 years ago, JJ Quinn wanted to expand the number of aircraft at the small general aviation airport in Culpeper, Virginia. His idea was like the Fields of Dreams movie--if he built hangars, the airplanes would come.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

"Every little boy goes through a phase where he likes trucks, dinosaurs, airplanes, and then trains. My airplane phase has been running strong for about 22 years."

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

Less than 72 hours after the earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, Cameron King was unloading a Piper Aztec on the ramp at the airport in Port-au-Prince. In the near chaos of the first days, only a few people took notice of King, who looks more like a teenager than a young woman of 23 years.

Happy in Hartford

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

A little rain couldn't dampen the spirits of the more than 7,000 pilots and their families who descended on the historic city of Hartford, Connecticut, for the 2011 AOPA Aviation Summit. From the exhibit hall in the beautiful Connecticut Convention Center, the aircraft on display at Airportfest at Hartford-Brainard Airport, and the grand party at the New England Air Museum, the opportunities to share the passion for aviation were many.

Swamp Pirates

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2011

The Sikorsky X2 team is honored for speeding

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2011

From his first ride in a Piper Cub at 10 years old to his airshow act in a Taylorcraft at 75 years young, Frank Donnelly has been there, done that, and is about to do the next challenging thing in aviation. Donnelly, a retired psychology professor—called “Dr.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2011

Even if you didn’t recognize the voice that should be familiar to anyone with a TV set in the New York City area, you’d still instantly know that Chuck Scarborough is a consummate newsman—simultaneously sonorous, serious, patient, comforting, and factual, the kind of guy you’d need to tell you things such as a president has resigned and another has been shot, or hijacked airliners have crashed into two of the tallest buildings downtown, or NATO has turned Muammar al-Qaddafi’s Libya into a no-fly zone. From 1974 to today, Scarborough, a 31-time Emmy winner, has been a part of that scene.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2011

After Joe Hopkins delivered two missionaries to their Brazilian villages, he took off for home base. But the highway he had planned to follow was obscured by low scud.

Short work

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2011

Can the annual collegiate flying championships answer two nagging questions about short-field landings: Do you really need short-field landing skills as a professional pilot? And is it imperative that your aircraft have a maximum 40 degrees of flap deflection to really nail a short-field landing? I attended the 2010 competition and talked to participants from last year and this to find out. There’s no secret to making good short-field landings, said Steve Halcomb, a Boeing 737 captain for AirTran Airways and chief judge of the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s (NIFA) 2011 national Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (Safecon), hosted by Ohio State University in Columbus May 16 through 21.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2011

Lee Wolford is an old, bold pilot—the kind that aviation maxims (and laws of averages) say shouldn’t exist. The retired U.S.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2011

Mike Mangold could be forgiven for hanging it all up and retiring now. As a skydiver, former fighter pilot, member of the U.S.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2011

Six teams from the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (NDSDF) traveled to the northeast coast of Japan in March to help find survivors buried in the ruins created by the devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck March 11. The teams of six dogs and their firefighter handlers are a part of the only organization in the United States dedicated to partnering rescued dogs with firefighters to train them to find live victims, conscious or unconscious, in disaster areas.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2011

You may not know the company Just Born, but you probably know the brands: Peeps. Mike and Ike.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

Girls who play the piano are supposed to be calm and demure, right? Aerobatic pilots are supposed to be tough and macho, right? Anyone who jumps out of a perfectly good airplane isn’t sane, right? Cast all of your antiquated notions aside and meet Joanna Pearce Martin, the principal keyboardist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, skydiver, aerobatic pilot, BASE jumper, and owner of an FFA AS/202 Bravo. This is not your average piano player.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2011

Most Hollywood celebrities become actors before becoming pilots. Treat Williams was a pilot first and an actor second.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2011

Ralph Campbell’s students laud a man whom they know as aviator, teacher, and friend. He is described as exacting, even demanding; effortless and precise on the controls—and usually sitting next to them with his arms loosely crossed, relaxed but observant.

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Article | Dec 01, 2010

Imagine it is 1942. Four radial engines growl as your giant Pan American Boeing 314 flying boat makes its way from San Francisco to Hawaii.

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Article | Nov 01, 2010

The seeds for Doris Alexander’s yearning to fly were planted when she was a teenager gazing skyward at aircraft darting across the sky. But these were no ordinary aircraft.

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Article | Oct 01, 2010

Airlinerwise, you can fly direct from New York to Chicago (720 miles, two hours and 30 minutes) or from Atlanta to Miami (660 miles, two hours), but try to get from Melbourne, Florida, to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. It’s approximately 500 crow-flying miles, but back in 2006 it took one guy, Chris Brink, nearly 14 hours to fly it (with his wheelchair and crutches) commercially on the Department of Defense’s dime.

Pilots: Pat Schroeder

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

In the days before flying buses could haul a person from Washington, D.C., to Denver in three hours, Pat Schroeder’s father flew his light airplane everywhere: business, vacation, you name it. In succession he owned a Bonanza, Apache, and a twin Cessna.

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Pilots: Brian Binnie

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2010

At Rotary Rocket’s offices in Mojave, California, test pilot Brian Binnie stood before a group of about 20, lecturing on the Roton. Designed to blast off like a rocket and descend like a helicopter, it was Rotary Rocket’s entry for the $10 million Ansari X Prize competition to fly a civilian craft through the edge of space twice in two weeks.

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Pilots: Lowell Wiley

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

“I feel lucky, blessed, and grateful,” says Lowell Wiley, a private pilot since February 10, 1959, who has logged 20,000 flight hours. His first flight, at age 13, was with his father in a four-place Bellanca in 1949.

Pilots: Mayte Greco

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

We were cruising in Mayte Greco’s Cessna 340 twin just above the Gulf of Mexico, flying the same search pattern she used to spot Cuban refugees trying to get to Florida. Flying a straight line, you look out the left window two wingspans away at the ocean, scan across the windscreen, and end up at the right window.

Pilots: Chuck Doyle Jr.

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

It’s a beautiful morning at Sky Harbor Residential Airpark in rural Minnesota. Crickets are chirping, the air is crisp and still—and Chuck Doyle is missing.

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Pilots: Robyn Astaire

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2010

Robyn Astaire was the world’s first successful woman jockey and was honored on the cover of Sports Illustrated (July 31, 1972). But she was not satisfied being the best female jockey; she wanted to be the best jockey, period.

Pilots: Ruedi Hafen

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

This isn’t the story about Ruedi Hafen’s first helicopter rescue, although we’ll get to that part. Hafen is president of Niagara Helicopters, which gives aerial tours of Niagara Falls.

Pilots: Francesco 'Paco' Chierici

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2010

“I used to be a total military airplane snob,” says Francesco “Paco” Chierici, a former U.S. Navy fighter pilot and producer of Speed and Angels, a documentary film that follows two pilots through military flight training.

Pilots: Joe Manchin III

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2010

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III has been a pilot, aircraft owner, and AOPA member for more than 40 years.

Pilots: Dan Sorkin

Article | Dec 08, 2009

CFII Dan Sorkin has a leg up on most pilots—a plastic prosthetic leg with a San Francisco Sectional laminated into it. “If I ever get lost,” jokes Sorkin, “I’ll just take my leg off and read it.” Sorkin’s flying career began with two legs and an unreasonable fear of heights.

Pilots: Bud Bricker

Article | Nov 02, 2009

It was tough to stop speaking with Bud Bricker of Oklahoma City. He’s one of those men who have endless stories to tell about life during World War II—a time when honor, patriotism, and character were important—and one could listen to those stories for hours.

Pilots: Juan Serrano

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

On April Fool’s Day 1995, Juan Serrano thought his wife was playing a cruel joke. Over the phone, she told him of two letters for him in the day’s mail: a much-anticipated invitation to interview with United Airlines and an acceptance to law school.

Pilots: Ralph Poppell

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2009

It was just before Christmas in 1959 when Ralph Poppell took his first airplane flight. He had served his country in the United States Army Reserves as an engineer and was leaving Fort Belvoir, Virginia, to fly to Atlanta on a Lockheed Super Constellation before getting on a smaller airplane to continue his trip into Tallahassee, Florida.

Pilots: Mike Summey

Article | Aug 03, 2009

Which story should be told first about Mike Summey? We could describe Summey as an accomplished pilot (he flies his own King Air), or his amazing rise to success in real estate investment (his King Air E90 is all paid for—no loan), or his success as an author (the four Weekend Millionaire books he coauthored with Roger Dawson are selling worldwide), or his successful outdoor advertising company (he invented the now-popular single-pole billboard), or his success as a professional public speaker. The list goes on.

Pilots: Bill Anders

Article | Jul 01, 2009

“I’m not one of those kids who built models and dreamed of being a pilot from day one,” Bill Anders says. But what he lacked in an early start, he more than made up for with a passion that would take him from fighter jets to logging nearly a week in space as one of the first to truly leave the Earth behind.

Pilots: Winston S. Churchill

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2009

Some of Winston S. Churchill’s most rewarding flights—and some of his saddest—came as a volunteer pilot flying donated organs around Europe in the middle of the night for the St.

Pilots: Jeff Puckett

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2009

Five years ago Jeff Puckett got lucky on his checkride, you might say. The ancient Schweizer 300 sustained an engine failure in flight and he had to demonstrate an actual autorotation with the FAA examiner on board.

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Pilots: Tony Buechler

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2009

Tony Buechler took his first airplane ride in a P–51 Mustang. No joke.

Pilots: John Damgard

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

A true honor for an aircraft owner is to see his pride and joy end up in a museum to be preserved and admired for years to come. And if that museum is the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM), it legitimizes the fact that the aircraft is special.

Pilots: Paul Gilbert

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2009

When Paul Gilbert regained consciousness in the basement of a Belgian farmhouse on Sunday, September 10, 1944, a faint light through a “little dim cobwebby window” was the first evidence that he had survived bailing out of his flak-riddled B–17G. Gilbert recalls his twenty-first mission: “We were tossed out of formation by a blast under number four that lifted the wing to the vertical and narrowly missed the lead ship.

Pilots: Rafael Sierra

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2009

Finding a dedicated, career flight instructor is difficult these days. Meet Rafael Sierra.

Pilots: John Nance

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2008

Most people probably associate John Nance with ABC News, where he has been an aviation analyst since the mid-1990s. Whenever an airplane crash captures the focus of the nation, Nance is ABC’s face and voice of aviation.

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Pilots: Amy Wasielewski

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2008

Growing up on U.S. Army bases, Amy Wasielewski always associated the distinctive sound of whirling helicopter blades with her family.

Pilots: Simon Norwalk

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2008

Some say there aren’t enough young pilots in aviation. And, some believe, those who do choose to become pilots aren’t driven and don’t study hard enough.

Pilots: Dorothy Cochrane

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2008

“I never expected to be writing history...teaching it, maybe, but not recording and writing it.” Yet that’s exactly what this lucky lady does as curator of general aviation for the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Dorothy Cochrane’s rise to curator began when she moved to Washington in the late 1970s with her husband, a contract engineer.

Pilots: Capt. Joseph Grant

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

Joseph Grant was born 100 years ago in 1908, the same year that the Wright brothers first demonstrated their flying machine in public. Grant’s uncle, Leigh Wade, circled the globe in one of the famous Douglas World Cruisers, and that inspired him and his brother, Roy, to scrape together enough money for a ride in a Waco near Miami, Florida.

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Pilots: Deana Martin

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2008

Deana Martin revered her brother. “Growing up in the sixties, Dino was always interested in airplanes,” Martin says.

Pilots: Dennis Flanagan

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2008

When you board an airliner for that sardine-packed journey through the skies, someone in a uniform usually stands at the door and smiles mutely. Unless it’s Dennis Flanagan.

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Pilots: Joiwind Alexander

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2008

For those who place credence in the theory that one’s behavior is mapped by their genes, Joiwind Alexander is a poster child. Her great-grandfather, J.B.

Pilots: Jamail Larkins

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

He’s got a thousand-watt smile and a personality that fills a room. For frequent visitors to events such as Sun ’n Fun, AirVenture, and AOPA’s Fly-In and Open House, he’s a regular fixture.

Pilots: Philip Calder

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2008

The first classified ads in The AOPA Pilot appear much like any others, black text on white paper now cream-colored with age. And most advertised a new airplane for sale, or a financing “opportunity”—the standard stuff.

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Pilots: Michael Bertz

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2008

As a young boy growing up in Cadiz, Ohio, in the mid-1940s, Michael Bertz used to watch P-51 Mustangs fly over his home. He fondly remembers the rich, throaty chorus of the 12-cylinder Merlin engine carrying those sleek machines through the skies, and knew that he “needed”—not wanted—to fly one.

Pilots: Johnny Parker

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2008

When Johnny Parker was a kid, he didn’t go to the airport. The airport came to him.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2007

"We were told there was no avgas in Kabul," Lowell Thomas Jr. says of a flight through the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia in 1954.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2007

At 17, Sean O'Donnell was riding his motorcycle and was T-boned. If you're not familiar with that term, here's a better description—O'Donnell was hit broadside by an oncoming car, thrown from his motorcycle, slammed into a rock, and suffered a T-3 level injury; he is paralyzed from the middle of his chest down.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2007

Here's how you fly the Vomit Comet: At 30,000 feet dive until the modified McDonnell Douglas DC-9 (C-9) hits 350 knots, pull the nose up 60 degrees — that's 1.8 Gs — until you reach 240 knots, then unload. Repeat 40 times and call it a day.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2007

Summer Williams is what you might call a triple threat: She's a NASA engineer, she's logged 19 years as a dancer and cheerleader, and, as you can probably discern from her appearing on this page, she's also a private pilot. She took her first flight as a 10-year-old native of tiny Anthony, Kansas, on a commercial airliner.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2007

"Where in the world is Barrington Irving?" has been a good question since March 23. That's when the intrepid, Jamaican-born, 23-year-old pilot — who wants to introduce disadvantaged children to aviation — took off from Miami's Opa Locka Airport on his round-the-world odyssey in his custom-built Columbia 400 named Inspiration.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2007

Who hasn't dreamed of getting paid to fly? Kelly McCague did. While attending the California Peace Officer Cadet Program for her state park ranger job she learned that there was a park ranger who got paid to fly around Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2007

Frank Speer and I were in my little two-seat Grumman heading toward Speer's home airport outside Allentown, Pennsylvania. My kinda-sorta navigation seemed OK to me considering the sunny VFR day.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2007

You may have heard of Katharine Jefferts Schori. It was pretty big news last year when she became the first woman elected to lead a major Christian congregation in the world, the 2.3 million-member U.S.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2007

It started with a scary helicopter ride in Honduras. A little boy who'd gone along as a passenger while the helo sprayed crops didn't like it, not even a little bit.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2007

Roger Keeney has finished another one of his stories. He tells them with a twinkle in his eye, adding, "this was good" to emphasize a gently made point.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2007

One day soon — say, in 24 to 36 months — you'll ride into suborbital space in a Learjet. True or false? Calvin Burgess knows your answer because he is building the modified Learjet in his hangar at Guthrie, Oklahoma, under contract to Rocketplane Kistler, an Oklahoma City-based firm.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2007

Given that she didn't start to fly until age 41, you might not expect Ruby Wine Sheldon to have been a pioneering helicopter pilot. A professional photographer, she had moved to Phoenix in 1949 at age 32 to soothe her respiratory problems.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2006

KITTY HAWK, DECEMBER, NINETEEN-THREE "They read the work ofLilienthal, Langley, and ChanuteBut the theories of these pioneersIn test did not computeSo they cleaned the table to the woodAnd started in again To answer twisting riddlesSo the sky would let them in." So go the lyrics of the song Kitty Hawk, December Nineteen-Three, by Livingston Taylor. Raised in North Carolina, the poignantly poetic 55-year-old singer/songwriter/aviator has an understandable draw to the Wright brothers and their work, which put his home state on the map.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2006

Van Nuys Airport might be the centerpiece of Brian J. Terwilliger's remarkable general aviation film One Six Right: The Romance of Flying, but Van Nuys was hundreds of miles to the southwest from where the idea for the film was born.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2006

After more than 28,000 spins and thousands of hours in the air, Rich Stowell still recalls his first flight lessons nearly 25 years ago as a less-than-pleasant experience. He was a bit of a late bloomer, learning to fly while working as an engineer, designing heating and air-conditioning systems three floors underground in New York City.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2006

Most pilots can recall a memorable day of flying, but few share a day like that of Tony Sanseverino. And with some certainty, few share any memories of flying at the time that sticks out in Sanseverino's mind.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2006

A show of hands here: Who hasn't rolled his eyes when a news anchor attributes an airplane crash to an engine stalling on takeoff? You'll never have to worry about that kind of gaffe coming from CNN's garrulous, infinitely quotable Miles O'Brien because he has connections in high places: flight instructors, airline transport pilots, aeronautical engineers. Those kinds of connections.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2006

How fast does a North American T-6 go? Ask Mary Dilda and she'll tell you 239 mph. That's the qualifying record she set in 2003, at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, so let's be exact: 239.398 mph.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2006

On the surface, Doug Shane's taste in airplanes seems a bit...incongruous. Standing in his hangar, he's faced with a sleek, composite Long EZ that looks fast even though it's standing still.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2006

Marilyn Elizabeth Thompson knew she wanted to fly when she was 9 years old. Touring the crash site of a downed Vanguard aircraft with her father, an electrician and building inspector in Ottawa, Canada, Thompson stood inside the cockpit and looked at the gauges.