Obituaries

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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.

Swearingen mourned

Article | May 22, 2014

Edward Swearingen, an aircraft designer who made a lasting mark on aviation, died May 15.

Longtime GA advocate Jim Oberstar dies

Article | May 03, 2014

Longtime general aviation advocate and friend of AOPA former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar died May 3. His work on Capitol Hill to protect GA will leave a lasting impression.

Henry Ogrodzinski, lifetime aviation advocate, has died

Article | Jan 23, 2014

The aviation community is mourning the loss of one of its most devoted advocates with the death of Henry M. Ogrodzinski.

February's Historical Firsts

Article | Jan 21, 2014

Feb. 1, 2003 — About 15 minutes before its scheduled touchdown on Feb. 1, 2003, the Columbia orbiter broke apart during its reentry to Earth and all seven crewmembers died. The group had just finished a two-week mission, STS-107, completing dozens of science experiments. An investigation later showed that damage during launch to the shuttle's thermal protection system led to structural failure of the shuttle’s left wing.

Scenes from Above!

Article | Nov 19, 2013

A pool of anchovies When larger fish or marine mammals in the ocean threaten small fish, the small fish usually group together to try to appear larger as a group. However, it’s rare to have millions of anchovies group together, and it’s even rarer to have a photographer flying overhead when it happens. A passenger with Channel Islands Helicopters, Liz Vernand took this image in early November off Ventura, Calif.

Event Spotlight

Article | Jun 10, 2013

What better way to celebrate Memorial Day and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to provide the freedoms we enjoy in the United States, including the freedom to fly, than a flight down the Hudson River past the new Freedom Tower being built at Ground Zero? Learn how the East Hill Flying Club used this popular sight seeing flight into an SFRA as a teaching tool to build the skills of its newer pilots.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience California Fog I called for a flight briefing as well as checking Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, and Oxnard Atis, before leaving San Luis Obispo. Ceilings called for 2,800 to 3,200 along my beach route to WHP, Ca.