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'Pilot Getaways' Editor in Chief John Kounis dies

Article | Jul 14, 2015

John Kounis was a pilot, NASA engineer, world traveler, and an irrepressibly positive force in aviation who co-founded Pilot Getaways magazine with his brother, George, and turned it into an authoritative source for pilots in search of adventure.

Renowned composer dies in crash

Article | Jun 23, 2015

Hollywood and the aviation community mourned the death of James Horner, who was killed June 22 in a California airplane crash.

Doolittle Raider Hite remembered

Article | Apr 02, 2015

Lt. Col. Robert L. Hite died March 29. Hite, 95, was one of three surviving members of the group of 80 airmen who lifted their nation’s morale in the dark, early days of World War II.

Remembering Doolittle Raider Edward Saylor and his mission

Article | Feb 02, 2015

Edward J. Saylor, an engineer with the Doolittle Raiders whose successful attack on Japan’s mainland helped change the course of World War II in the Pacific, died Jan. 28 at the age of 94.

Head of National Gay Pilots Association killed in accident

Article | Oct 30, 2014

Steven Moore, executive director of the National Gay Pilots Association, died Oct. 27 when his Mooney crashed after takeoff at Boulder Municipal Airport in Denver.

Humanitarian pilot Peter VandenBosch has died

Article | Oct 16, 2014

Peter VandenBosch, pilot, author, founder of a charitable aviation organization that has flown thousands of patients to medical care, has died.

Record-setting aviatrix Jerrie Mock dies

Article | Oct 02, 2014

Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock, who in 1964 became the first woman to fly solo around the world, died Sept. 30 at her home in Quincy, Florida, according to news reports. She was 88.

Aerospace medicine pioneer Stanley Mohler has died

Article | Oct 01, 2014

Stanley R. Mohler, physician, pilot, educator, author, and former member of AOPA’s Medical Advisory Board, has died.

Swift loses champion

Article | Jul 02, 2014

No one worked harder to keep the Globe Swift flying than Charlie Nelson. The Tennessee aviator died June 30 after a long battle with illness, a loss to both his family and the friends Nelson made around the world.

Charter member dies

Article | May 29, 2014

Bill Bailey, the first to join AOPA among the handful of remaining charter members, died May 25.