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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.