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Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2011

Three green. Out of five general aviation economic recovery indicators, three—flight activity, corporate profits, and tax policies—are showing positive signs, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reported February 22 during its State of the Industry address.

Rally GA: Giving women wings

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2011

The world’s first licensed female pilot, a French socialite named Raymonde de Laroche, declared in 1910 that flying was ideal for women because it didn’t rely on strength as much as on physical and mental coordination.

The lady loves taildraggers

Article | Feb 01, 2011

Judy Birchler has loved tailwheel aircraft since she learned to fly in an Aeronca Chief 38 years ago. She wanted to know if there were other women who felt the same way. So she set out to create a like-minded community with the Ladies Love Taildraggers website.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2011

My first two years as president of AOPA were filled with travel—there’s no substitute for the face-to-face meetings I have had with members. And, there is no better way to show elected officials just how passionate we are about aviation than to hold our GA Serves America gatherings.

AOPA Aviation Summit: Celebrating our freedom to fly

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2011

It’s opening day of AOPA Aviation Summit 2010 in Long Beach, California, the keynote speech featuring AOPA President Craig Fuller is being broadcast on AOPA Live, and it’s standing room only on the convention floor. Sean D.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2011

Let the rumble begin… . Starting this month, with “Dogfight,” Senior Editor Dave Hirschman and Editor at Large Tom Horne will from time to time share some ongoing debates—typical of pilots everywhere—in the hope that the clash of ideas brings out new information, or new perspectives, that improves the way we fly.

AOPA Aviation Summit

Article | Nov 01, 2010

Thursday, NOVEMBER 11 Fly Well session FREE 8 a.m.—8:45 a.m. Exhibit Hall and Airportfest Hours 9 a.m.

Girls with wings

Article | Oct 01, 2010

Since 2005, when Lynda Meeks was a charter pilot working for Flight Options, she has been the motivational force behind Girls With Wings, the nonprofit organization she founded with the sole purpose of bringing the aviation world into the lives of as many young women as possible. Professionally, Meeks moved on to become a Cessna Citation X pilot for NetJets while continuing her work of inspiring girls to want to learn about flying.

AOPA Aviation Summit

Article | Oct 01, 2010

Thursday, NOVEMBER 11 Fly Well session FREE 8 a.m.—8:45 a.m. Exhibit Hall and Airportfest Hours 9 a.m.

The place to be

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

It’s hard to imagine the balmy sea breezes of Southern California sitting here in my Frederick, Maryland, office on a day so hot and humid that eggs could fry on sidewalks and even the most fanatic flier can’t fathom stepping into his or her trusty Cessna 172. All the opening of the windows and/or doors and starting up the engine will do is move the oppressive air around, but provide no relief.

Pilots: Pat Schroeder

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

In the days before flying buses could haul a person from Washington, D.C., to Denver in three hours, Pat Schroeder’s father flew his light airplane everywhere: business, vacation, you name it. In succession he owned a Bonanza, Apache, and a twin Cessna.

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Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2010

There are now 100,000 historic photos online for you to browse. The San Diego Air and Space Museum is sharing the photos on Flickr.

The Red Bull effect

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2010

Rough roads through an industrial park on the New Jersey side of New York Harbor lead to a cobblestone street that signals the entrance to Liberty State Park. Ahead lies a historic rail station, its tracks buried under a parking lot for ferry passengers headed to Manhattan.

This November, there’s only one place to land: AOPA Summit

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2010

AOPA Aviation Summit—The premier source for education on proficiency, safety, technology, and affordable flying Attend AOPA Aviation Summit and participate in all new, interactive forums led by an exciting group of aviation experts Airport Activism—Simple Steps to Save Your Airport: AOPA Airports Team AOPA and the Art of Aviation Photography: Mike Fizer—Senior Photographer, AOPA and Chris Rose— Photographer, AOPA Aviation Humor: Rod Machado—Flight Instructor, Author and Aviation Humorist Buying Your First Airplane: Tom Haines—Editor in Chief, AOPA California Fog-In: Thomas A. Horne—Editor at Large, AOPA Pilot magazine Cockpit Courage: Captain Jim Tucker Commercializing Space: Dick Rutan Ditching and Water Survival: Doug Ritter—Chairman, Equipped to Survive Foundation Engine Failure After Takeoff: Barry Schiff—Aviation Author, AOPA Pilot magazine columnist FAR Refresher: John Yodice—AOPA General Counsel, Law Offices of Yodice Associates Fast Track to Your Pilot Certificate: Doug Stewart—Chairman, Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) Flying for a Living: Strategies for Getting Hired: Ian Twombly—Deputy Editor, AOPA, Flight Training magazine Flying to Alaska: Tom George—Alaska Regional Representative, AOPA Flying to Mexico—What Pilots Need to Know: Rick Gardner—Director of Aviation Services, Caribbean Sky Tour The Future of Aircraft Ownership: Dave Hirschman—Senior Editor, AOPA How to Pass Any Checkride: Jason Blair—Executive Director, National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) Keep Young and Fly Forever: Janet Lapp—Flight Instructor, Psychologist, Author, Motivational Humorist The Kings on Avoiding Unwanted Adventure: John and Martha King, King Schools Luck Comes to the One Most Prepared: Sean D.

Member Perspective

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

AOPA Foundation President Karen Gebhart has served AOPA in many roles in her 20-year career with the association. She and her husband, Ray, are both pilots and enjoy flying around the country meeting members.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

Barry Hyde and his guide dog are now full-time employees of the FAA. It was 13 years ago when Barry Hyde lost his eyesight in an airplane crash that almost ended his life.

Pilot Counsel:

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, writing in 1928, gave us this farsighted warning: “Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent.

State of the Association: MISSION: engagement

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

The Earth had scarcely stopped shaking after Haiti was devastated by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake—centered 15 miles west-southwest of its capital, Port-au-Prince, on January 12—when general aviation pilots in the United States began asking how they could help. Although Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince was overwhelmed, GA soon began ferrying medical supplies, relief workers, and other aid directly to Haiti’s smaller airports, including Cap-Haïtien and Jacmel.

AOPA presents student pilot scholarship at WAI

Article | Mar 01, 2010

A student pilot from Fairbanks, Alaska, has received AOPA's first Student Pilot Scholarship, AOPA Foundation President Karen Gebhart announced Feb. 26 at the twenty-first annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2010

Click the image above to view a slideshow. When last we heard from Robert Gannon he was exploring the world by Cessna 182.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2009

Summit sessions Thursday, November 5 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

The grand finale

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

Robin Williams flew from Traverse City, Michigan, to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, in his blue-and-white Waco YMF-5 for the nineteenth time. Joe Champagne of Miami, Oklahoma, brought two biplanes, as he often does—both his own Pitts Special and a modified Stearman belonging to country music legend Roy Clark of Tulsa.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2009

With the kids headed back to school and summer flying adventures fading into warm memories, it’s time to find something new to look forward to. For me, that’s the first-ever AOPA Aviation Summit, set for November 5 through 7 in Tampa, Florida.

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.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2009

“Living and working in the urban sprawl of two major cities often makes me forget about the huge swath of the American Northwest that still exists very much as it did when the Europeans first set foot,” says Photographer Chris Rose. “Like many, my only glimpse of this beautiful, rugged country has been from the window of a 737 at 35,000 feet.