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Trojan Horsemen to perform at Indy Fly-In

Article | May 29, 2014

The Trojan Horsemen flight demonstration team, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, will delight attendees at AOPA’s Indianapolis Fly-In May 31.

Doolittle Raiders a step closer to Congressional Gold Medal

Article | May 20, 2014

Seventy-two years after successfully bombing Japan, changing the course of World War II in the Pacific, the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders are a step closer to being honored with a Congressional Gold Medal.

A rare bird: The ‘Hot Stuff’ PV-2 Harpoon

Article | May 14, 2014

Hot Stuff turns heads on ramps wherever it goes. The warbird’s twin tails are a hallmark of the famous B-25 Mitchell bomber, but Hot Stuff has a tailwheel instead of nosewheel. It’s a rare Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon.

Foundation Focus: Giving back

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2014

Paying it forward or giving it back—either way helps to strengthen general aviation and is a critical part of the AOPA Foundation’s mission.

Stamp honors black aviator

Article | Mar 13, 2014

The chief flight instructor of the Tuskegee Airmen, C. Alfred "Chief" Anderson, is honored with a stamp from the U.S. Postal Service.

Colorado pilot creates barter website

Article | Mar 13, 2014

A student pilot in Aurora, Colo., has created a website that will let users barter goods and services for flight instruction.

Documentary chronicles earliest combat pilots

Article | Mar 06, 2014

A documentary film tells the story of the “first to fly and the first to die for the United States in the Great War.”

Nebraska seeks wind-test tower safety upgrade

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2014

AOPA is working to support a bill under consideration in Nebraska’s legislature to strengthen requirements for the anti-collision marking of temporary meteorological evaluation towers.

The Bell UH-1B Huey: A Flying Symbol

Pilot Magazine | Feb 19, 2014

Seriously wounded and huddling in the dank underbrush, men struggled to stay alive and remain hidden from nearby and approaching Viet Cong guerillas.

Visual Approach: Sunset Stearman

Pilot Magazine | Feb 19, 2014

Veterans Airlift Command founder Walt Fricke seems to hang motionless in his Stearman PT–13.

Topics Veterans, Pilots

Star-studded homage for Bob Hoover

Article | Jan 31, 2014

Aviation luminaries will gather in Hollywood Feb. 20 and 21 to pay special tribute to living aviation legend R.A. "Bob" Hoover.

Fly Well: Insure, insure, insure…

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

The number-one cause of bankruptcies? Massive medical expenses—so dodging disease makes sense.

Topics Veterans, Pilots

Honor Flight continues despite government shutdown

Article | Oct 02, 2013

Honor Flight leader says flights will continue despite government closure. Veterans will see as many monuments as possible, but congressmen are planning to help then enter closed memorials.

Topics Veterans, Pilots

Club Spotlight

Article | Sep 11, 2013

A look at the history of the Reading Aero Club based at Reading Regional Airport (RDG) in Pennsylvania.

Honor Flight salutes veterans

Slideshow | Aug 05, 2013

As the B-29 Fifi and three B-25 North American Mitchell bombers flew overhead at EAA AirVenture for a missing man salute, a hush fell over the crowd while taps played through loudspeakers.

New VAC program helps returning vets

Article | Jul 29, 2013

The Veterans Airlift Command, a volunteer organization that provides wounded combat veterans with free transportation on general aviation aircraft, has added a new mission—helping Iraq and Afghanistan veterans return to civilian life.

Veterans group shares message at Sun ’n Fun

Article | Apr 10, 2013

Disabled American Veterans staff Lynn May, Mike Jones, and Calvin Peacock join Panchito owner Larry Kelley (center) and pilot Matt Sager with DAV’s Kerry Ward (right) in front of the iconic World War II bomber. Larry Kelley, owner and pilot of Panchito, a B-25J Mitchell bomber that he has lovingly restored and maintains, has joined forces with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Flight Team to spread the message to American veterans that “they are not alone.” “I saw that the DAV was at sports events and NASCAR races but realized that they needed to be at airshows,” Kelley said.

Brain direct: In pursuit of an aircraft-mind connection

Article | Apr 04, 2013

Future pilots might be invited to have a tiny sensor surgically implanted in their brain, extending the fly-by-wire concept straight to the motor cortex. A more palatable option, perhaps, is simply donning a headset, though accuracy suffers.

Fly like a fighter: Join the gaggle

Fly like a fighter | Apr 04, 2013

While stationed in Okinawa, Japan, flying the F-15 I made periodic trips to the Philippines to fly in Cope Thunder exercises—the Pacific version of Red Flag. They would schedule up to 70 aircraft in a very dynamic war training event with airplanes split Blue Air against Red Air.

Tenn. Senate passes flight training exemption from new fees

Article | Mar 22, 2013

Tennessee took a step forward in keeping flight training in the state affordable and accessible March 18 when the state Senate passed a bill that would exempt flight schools from new fees and other administrative burdens. When the Tennessee Higher Education Commission announced new regulations and fees affecting Part 141 flight schools in 2012, the additional cost to flight schools—which would be passed on to customers—was enough to make potential students think twice about staying in the state for training.

NFL salutes World War II veteran's service

Article | Nov 08, 2012

World War II veteran Bill Linkenhoker had been chosen as honorary coin-toss captain for the Nov.4 National Football League game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis between the Colts and the Miami Dolphins. But Linkenhoker, 89, was in Savannah, Ga.

AirCam river run

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2012

Following the Mississippi low and slow.