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Flying history

Article | Apr 16, 2012

A five-ship formation of North American B-25 Mitchells depart in rapid succession, joining up over Grimes Field in Urbana, Ohio, for a mission to bring attention to another mission, one that launched 70 years ago from the USS Hornet on April 18, 1942--the Doolittle Tokyo Raid.

Foundation Focus

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

Now and again, we all need to update our image. Why? If you’re old enough to remember the 1970s, you probably know the answer.

Cessna employees raise $25,000 for injured vets

Article | Mar 28, 2012

You may have seen pictures since late in 2011 of a patriotically decorated Citation Mustang that Cessna Aircraft Co. donated to the Veterans Airlift Command. Its purpose is to bring together injured veterans with their families.

Nebraska airport zoning measure nears vote

Advocacy | Jan 26, 2012

AOPA is urging members of the Nebraska state Senate to back a pending bill that would enhance aviation safety and promote commonsense land development around airports.

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.

'AOPA Pilot' Online

Article | Oct 01, 2010

The Air Up There Mike Collins loaded up his camera and his notebooks to tackle a tough assignment in the New Mexico desert. He’d have to rise before the sun, look to the skies all day, and maybe even share a glass of mandatory champagne—when you cover the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, it’s a tough gig.

Pilots

Article | Oct 01, 2010

Airlinerwise, you can fly direct from New York to Chicago (720 miles, two hours and 30 minutes) or from Atlanta to Miami (660 miles, two hours), but try to get from Melbourne, Florida, to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. It’s approximately 500 crow-flying miles, but back in 2006 it took one guy, Chris Brink, nearly 14 hours to fly it (with his wheelchair and crutches) commercially on the Department of Defense’s dime.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

What started out as a ride-along in a Virginia Beach, Virginia, police helicopter turned into the real thing for Editor at Large Tom Horne and photographer Chris Rose. “One minute the pilot—David Cook—was showing us his Atlantic Avenue beat from 1,000 feet agl,” Horne says, “and the next minute came a call that a bank robbery had just happened.

The 'Blackbirds'

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2009

They called them “Race Pilots” back then, but the expression had nothing to do with flying small airplanes with big engines around pylons while trying to bust some speed barrier. Instead they broke the racial barrier.