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Pilots: AOPA Ambassador R. Anderson 'Andy' Pew

Pilot Magazine | Sep 08, 2014

As AOPA’s longest serving board member, R. Anderson “Andy” Pew has helped guide the organization through times of tailwinds and turbulence.

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Pilots: Helen Cernik, Piston Single Ferry Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Aug 05, 2014

Helen Cernik has made a dozen ocean crossings (nine Atlantic and three Pacific) in single-engine piston aircraft, mostly Cirrus SR22s and SR20s.

Pilots: Cloudman Craig Peyton

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

Peyton’s work has appeared in the films Along Came Polly, The Punisher, and Island of Dr. Moreau. His company, EarthFlight.com, produced Latitude, 40 Degrees North.

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.

Pilots Peanut pilot

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.

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 | 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.

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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.