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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.


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.


Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2007

Mark R. Twombly is a writer and editor who has been flying since 1968.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2006

AOPA Legal Counselor John S. Yodice has been a pilot for more than 35 years and owns a Cessna 310.


Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2006

Desert paradise awaits you in California It's in the desert, yet it's nestled under mountains that rise above 10,000 feet msl. It has an international airport, but small airplanes are welcome if they can follow roads.

The Bank Robber

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2005

Fresh out of the Air Force in 1971 and looking for a job in aviation, Pat Epps offered me a job as an airplane salesman — commission only, of course. Epps had started Epps Air Service at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport in Atlanta in 1965 and had recently signed on as a Piper dealer.

AOPA Action in California

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2005

Truckee-Tahoe Airport seen as battleground Are the three board members of the Truckee-Tahoe Airport District planning on violating rules that came with past FAA airport grants? It looks that way to supporters, and AOPA officials have identified Truckee-Tahoe Airport as the potential site of the country's next big airport battle. After winning a majority of the five airport board seats last year, noise opponents have now delayed accepting an additional $450,000 in federal grant money that might restrict their ability to impose noise or growth limits on the airport.