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Member Profile: Matthew Cahn

Article | Nov 19, 2013

Matthew Cahn received Microsoft Flight Simulator as a Christmas gift one year. Knowing that the game had piqued his son’s interest in aviation, Matthew’s father arranged for him to go flying with a friend in November 2012. Less than a year later, Matthew is the one doing the flying. A freshman at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Matthew, now 15, has about 14 hours logged in a Cessna 172 and plans to solo on or near his 16th birthday on Nov. 7, 2014. He hopes to follow that up a year later and earn his private pilot certificate. His goal is to become a commercial pilot. “It would be cool to fly around the country and maybe the world,” he explains.

Corporate Pilot-not your typical '9-to-5 job'

Article | Nov 19, 2013

Luz Beattie laughs when she says she worked in just about “every other industry” until she became involved in aviation. Ironically, she’s also worked in just about every facet of aviation, too. She got into aviation, almost by chance. Beattie graduated from college with a business degree and was working at a downtown Manhattan bank when she found a magazine lying about while she was eating lunch. “It talked about aviation colleges, and I read it from cover to cover,” she recalls. “I decided that I should look into it.” While she had always wanted to fly, Beattie says she never thought it could become a career. Finally convinced it was an option, she quit her job and enrolled fulltime in college, majoring in aviation management. But she didn’t start flying then. “My hope was to get into their college flight program, but I couldn’t get loans to cover everything,” she recalls. “So I decided to get the degree and learn to fly later.”

A Passion for Flight

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

Mark Baker’s entry into general aviation is classic, quintessential—a textbook case. As a kid he rode his bicycle to the airport and sidled up to the old guys there to hear flying stories while he freely poked around the airplanes, bumming rides when he could.

Flying Particles: Safe aircraft at a low cost

Article | Sep 27, 2013

One of the Flying Particles flying club's goal is to provide safe aircraft at the lowest reasonable cost.

Training Tip: One small step

Article | Sep 23, 2013

Remember how strange it seemed to learn that an aircraft is steered on the ground with foot pedals, and the throttle is worked by hand?

A passion for flight

Article | Aug 29, 2013

Mark Baker, set to be appointed as AOPA's fifth president and CEO Sept. 6, is committed to ensuring open access to aviation.

Born to fly like a bird

Article | Aug 08, 2013

Suspended upside down by his feet from a skysurfing wing attached to a hoist, Yves Rossy wiggled and twisted, struggling to break free from bindings without using his hands. It wasn’t a Houdini stunt, but a test of a life-saving escape move in case he lost control of the wing in the air.