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President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

Every time you get behind the wheel of a car, you're making a judgment call. Are you fit to drive? Have you taken any medications that could impair your performance? Do you have a medical condition that would make you unsafe? Are you too tired to drive?

The LSA Star Fighter

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

Flight Design's 100-horsepower CT light sport aircraft (lsa) has led the U.S. market since the light sport industry started six years ago with the delivery of the CTSW model. That honor could come to an end next year, when Cessna Skycatcher deliveries are scheduled to overtake those of the two-seat, Rotax-powered CT; 330 CTs have been delivered in the United States. Worldwide, the total is 1,600.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2011

National, State and Regional aviation advocacy news; AOPA membership products news; Air Safety Institute news; AOPA Foundation news; AOPA Airport Support Network news; AOPA Aviation Summit news

AOPA Action

Article | Sep 01, 2011

National, State and Regional aviation advocacy news; AOPA membership products news; Air Safety Institute news; AOPA Foundation news; AOPA Airport Support Network news; AOPA Aviation Summit news

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2011

I enjoyed the article about the Jabiru J230-SP in June’s AOPA Pilot (“Prime Time for the Jabiru”), but am at a loss to understand the 104-degree-Fahrenheit operational limitation. Is there a degradation in airframe strength when heated? Is the expansion rate of the dissimilar materials likely to cause delamination? Will this be a problem if the aircraft sits on the ramp when it is up to 120 degrees in the sun? I used to fly a Mooney out of Chico, California, where it often was more than 104 degrees F.

Prime time for the Jabiru

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2011

With the pattern at Avon Park, Florida, clear of traffic, I taxied the Jabiru J230-SP light sport aircraft (LSA) onto the runway behind an older Cessna 172 carrying AOPA Senior Photographer Mike Fizer. Despite letting the Cessna start its takeoff roll and reach rotation speed prior to releasing the hand brake, the 120-horsepower Jabiru quickly caught the 160-horsepower Cessna on the climbout and could barely stay behind it. The Jabiru was a hawk that had just seen lunch—the 172.

License to Learn

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2011

Several months ago, I wrote “License to Learn: The Limited Flight Instructor Certificate” (February 2011 AOPA Pilot). The article produced many positive comments, but one fellow wrote to express his dismay about permitting private pilots to become limited flight instructors (or sport pilots to become sport pilot instructors).

Fulfilling its promise

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2011

Wingless and painted in green primer, every Cessna 162 Skycatcher is a world traveler by the time it arrives at Yingling Aviation's loading dock at Wichita Mid-Continent International Airport in central Kansas. The two-seat trainers—and Cessna’s first foray in the Light Sport Aircraft market—are built in China and made ready for flight there.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

There’s nothing unusual about two pilots enjoying spectacular scenery above a thin cloud layer on a moonlit night, except these pilots both are disabled by spinal injury. Heather Schultz, 26, is a quadriplegic, although she can walk with a cane and electronic devices, while Sean O’Donnell, 32, has lost the use of his legs.

Out in the cold

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

The PiperSport seemed like the perfect airplane for launching a new flight school designed for sport pilots, and Tim Fleming bought the airplane after a single demo flight. Sleek, sturdy, and roomy, with an expansive bubble canopy and an airframe parachute, the all-metal airplane could attract the youthful, technology-embracing new student pilots that Fleming sought.

License to Learn

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2011

A Polish immigrant visited his local flight surgeon to take a third class medical exam. The doctor had him stand in a specific spot, then pulled down a chart showing the letters: CVOKPTNXZYKV.

Back to the Future

Article | Feb 01, 2011

In a major victory for veterans and the general aviation community, Congress voted overwhelmingly in December to enhance the GI Bill of Rights by including new flight and vocational training benefits. The move is a golden opportunity to increase the number of GA pilots and A-and-P mechanics in the future - both vitally important goals for general aviation and AOPA.

Letters

Article | Nov 01, 2010

It was impossible not to finish the article “Pride of WWII” written by Barry Schiff (September 2010 AOPA Pilot). This was by far the best article I have ever read in AOPA Pilot.

2010 Fun to Fly Sweeps: Girl on the go

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

Do you love glass cockpits? Do you avoid them? I was one of those ¿last one on Earth to give up steam gauges¿ pilots until my boss figuratively (and literally) handed me the keys to the 2010 Fun to Fly Remos last year. I still don¿t love glass, but I¿ve made my peace with it, and I have Dynon Avionics to thank.

'AOPA Pilot' Online

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

Sgt. Michael Blair—Sport Pilot Ready, willing, and able—three words that aptly describe both the Fun to Fly Sweepstakes airplane, the Remos GX, and new sport pilot U.S.

'AOPA Pilot' Online

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

Featured story: ‘My Salvation’ Jim Tucker had overcome every obstacle in aviation from Navy flight training to international airline flying, but his most severe test came on April 7, 1994, when he and two fellow FedEx pilots were attacked by a suicidal coworker intent on commandeering and crashing their DC-10. Tucker suffered severe head injuries that day that ended his airline career, but he’s returned to flying—and the aviation community—through the Light Sport Aircraft category.

GA in the halls of Congress

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

When general aviation is threatened in Washington, D.C., legislators need to be informed and engaged. This happens effectively through a caucus, a group within a legislative body that shares a common interest.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

Jill W. Tallman’s article raises the question “Are self-certified pilots unsafe?” (“Fun to Fly Sweepstakes: ‘A Little Bit Different,’” April 2010 AOPA Pilot).

Adventure by Remos

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

Seven- to 12-foot waves driven by a mid-March storm paused for just an instant above Black Sand Beach north of Shelter Cove, California, before thundering onto the rocky shore. Closer to town, waves exploded against craggy rocks in the town’s prized tidal pools, sending spray 30 feet high and leaving sea life behind to be enjoyed by visitors at low tide.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

Kudos to AOPA for the article about how Tammy Duckworth overcame war injuries to fly again and for its magnificent title “Something to Overcome” (March 2010 AOPA Pilot). Dave Hirschman showed great respect and honor by viewing Ms.

‘A little bit different’

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2010

The sport pilot certificate will rejuvenate general aviation by offering a lower-cost entry to learn to fly. Sport pilot is only useful for pilots who can’t hold onto their medicals.

Invitation to a fly-out!

Article | Apr 01, 2010

AOPA is inviting Mid-Atlantic pilots to the AOPA ramp at Frederick Municipal Airport in Frederick, Md., for two events—with two Remos GX aircraft--on April 10.

FAA makes corrections to sport pilot rule

Article | Apr 01, 2010

The FAA has issued corrections to its rule regarding the certification of aircraft and airmen for light sport aircraft operation. The rule goes into effect April 2.