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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.


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.


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.


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.

Seen in Sebring

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, gave a revealing glimpse at the innovation and refinement taking place in the Light Sport Aircraft category.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2010

Click the image above to view a slideshow. When last we heard from Robert Gannon he was exploring the world by Cessna 182.


Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2010

I read with great enjoyment your recent article (“Bound for the Bahamas,” December 2009 AOPA Pilot). I first visited the out islands of the Bahamas in the mid-1970s as a fisherman on a budget, then in the mid-1980s as a corporate yacht captain, and from 1994 to 2002 as a private pilot flying a 1978 V-tail 35 Bonanza.

Let's Go Flying!

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2010

It’s been said that physical peril has a way of focusing the mind—and if that’s so, then Capt. Gabriel Glinsky’s U.S.

Light Sport Aircraft: Little Giant

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2009

Light sport aircraft are no longer the curiosity they once were. With many manufacturers bringing new models to the U.S.

Safety Pilot: No one wins

Article | Jun 01, 2009

Bruce Landsberg was named president of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation in January 2009. The NTSB recently issued an urgent request to the FAA to immediately ground all Zenair CH 601XL light sport aircraft.

Cust (18)

Article | May 01, 2009

The following stories from the May 1, 2009, edition of AOPA ePilot were provided to AOPA members who expressed an interest in the particular subject areas. Any AOPA member can receive information tailored to their areas of interest by updating their preferences online.