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Doolittle Raiders celebrate honor, say goodbye to friends

Article | May 06, 2015

It took 72 years, 11 months, 28 days, and an act of Congress, but the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders finally received the Congressional Gold Medal for their heroic raid bombing Japan's mainland in 1942.

Putting teeth in bird mitigation

Article | Apr 02, 2015

A border collie named Piper has become a key player in a Michigan airport’s effort to reduce the risk of bird strikes.

Proficient Pilot: Flying is for the birds

Pilot Magazine | Jan 17, 2014

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the Earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”

'Aviate, aviate, aviate'

Article | Jan 16, 2014

An Illinois pilot relied on his training to land safely after a goose punched a hole in his windshield just after takeoff.

License to learn: Natural hazards

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2012

Many moons ago, on a dual flight to a rustic little airport, my student (we'll call him Bob) was about to begin his landing flare when things got a little squirrely. A squirrel popped up, periscope-like, near the VASI and then made a mad dash across the runway. Thump! The squirrel had failed to hide his hide.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

Responding to member concerns, AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association will request an exemption that would allow many pilots flying the most common single-engine aircraft recreationally to use a driver's license and self-certification medical standard.

Fly-casting ponds raise airport's bird-strike risk

Advocacy | Jun 13, 2012

An unpermitted fly-fishing school that excavated two ponds on property next to the Sonoma Valley Airport in Schellville, Calif., in defiance of official concern about bird-strike risks should be ordered to cease operation, AOPA said.

Expanding landfill could increase bird strikes

Advocacy | Apr 05, 2012

The proposed expansion of a commercial landfill across the extended runway centerline would bring more birds, and bird strikes, to California's Stockton Metropolitan Airport, AOPA said in a letter to county officials.

Custom content for the July 1, 2011, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Jul 01, 2011

Training Tips: Knowing the 'why'; Flight Training Products: Pilot Training Solutions written test preparation; Final Exam Question: My friend hit a bird while flying the other day and was wondering if it was something he should report. How common are bird strikes, and what should I do if I have one?

July 1, 2011, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition'

Article | Jul 01, 2011

Training Tips: Knowing the 'why'; Flight Training News: Sennheiser offers scholarships; Inside AOPA: Pump up your pneumatics knowledge; Final Exam Question: My friend hit a bird while flying the other day and was wondering if it was something he should report. How common are bird strikes, and what should I do if I have one?

AOPA Action

Article | Dec 01, 2010

AOPA ACTION SECTIONS National Action State and Regional Action AOPA Airport Support Network AOPA Membership Products AOPA Air Safety Institute NATIONAL ADVOCACY NEWS Decision makers get down to business of NextGen AOPA President Craig Fuller joined other key aviation decision makers at FAA headquarters to help shape the industry’s vision of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), which encompasses modernization of the air traffic control system and the transition from ground- to satellite-based navigation and surveillance. The NextGen Advisory Committee was created to bring together top-level officials representing a range of aviation interests to reach a consensus on priorities for the process from now through 2018.


Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2009

Epic proportions I’ve got a few hours flying the Mousquetaire in the French Alps, accompanied by a mountain flight instructor, and I believe that this activity is really one of the most enjoyable things to do when you’ve got a pilot certificate. Reading Dave Hirschman’s article on Idaho backcountry flying pushes me to go further this way, and I plan to come to the U.S.

Pilots: Winston S. Churchill

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2009

Some of Winston S. Churchill’s most rewarding flights—and some of his saddest—came as a volunteer pilot flying donated organs around Europe in the middle of the night for the St.

Answers for Pilots: Birds in the news

Article | Apr 01, 2009

News coverage of Captain “Sully” Sullenberger’s celebrated landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in January, just a few minutes after the Airbus A320 he was flying struck a flock of large birds on takeoff from LaGuardia Airport, has raised birdstrike awareness and spurred conversations on the topic across the country. Those of us who fly particularly admire Sully’s ditching success and applaud the safe rescue of all on board.

When birds strike

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2009

The sky was blue, and the day was calm. I was reveling in the joy of flight in my Piper Aerostar at 2,000 feet above the serene landscape.

Member Guide

Article | Apr 01, 2009

Want to purchase an aircraft? Read our 10 tips first The day has arrived—you are ready to purchase an aircraft. It may be your first purchase or perhaps you’ve done this before.

Never Again: Fuel shower

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2008

We’ve all read accounts of World War I pilots trapped in burning aircraft. Their only options were to ride it down and burn up in the process, jump without a parachute, or shoot themselves.

Flying Seasons

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2007

Polar bears on the airport "Home on the Range" should be the theme song at many airports, but the second line has to be changed to, "Where the deer, elk, bulls, cows, vultures, pigs, geese, musk ox, and the polar bears play." It's a zoo out there. Bears go for shopping sprees at the Seminole Towne Center mall in Sanford, Florida.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2007

It was a cool, spring desert morning at Casa Grande Municipal Airport, a nontowered field located approximately 50 nm south of Phoenix. I was about to embark on the last leg of my first cross-country flight in my newly purchased 1973 Beechcraft Baron.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2006

Rocket racing anyone? New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson in January officially welcomed rocket-powered aircraft racing to his state, another component of a burgeoning aerospace industry that promises to bring big dreams and big paychecks.