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‘Seven minutes of triumph’

Article | Aug 06, 2012

It was an instrument approach like no other, billed in advance as "seven minutes of terror" and ending with a triumphant celebration at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory control room in Pasadena, Calif. The NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity was deposited in a gravel field, and beamed back the first photos from the surface, marking the end of the most dangerous phase of the mission.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2012

Proudly South African South Africa’s Sling is the 125th LSA on the U.S. market There’s another new light sport aircraft (LSA) on the market—the mostly metal Sling from The Airplane Factory near Johannesburg, South Africa.

Flight schools shouldn’t be scapegoat for foreign student vetting

Advocacy | Jul 19, 2012

A Government Accountability Office report released July 18 indicates that foreign students in the United States received flight training--and earned their pilot certificate--even though some had entered the country illegally or had overstayed their authorized period. The breakdown in oversight occurred from a lack of communication among governmental agencies, not a lack of compliance from flight training providers, AOPA says.

Ohio Cub pilots were never really lost

Article | Jun 21, 2012

Two Ohio pilots have completed a journey that included landing in each of the state's 88 counties - a trip they made in their 1946 Piper J-3 Cubs. The quest has been documented on a website, Lost in Oscar Hotel.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2012

For months I had been planning a dive trip at Cayman Brac, one of the Cayman Islands. My nonpilot "co-pilot" Lynn and I have gone on many dive trips in my Piper PA–32-260 Cherokee Six.

Products: A range of rescue devices

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

The key to surviving the ordeal of a crash or off-airport landing is making sure someone knows you are missing--and where to start looking for you. Numerous devices are available on the market to help.

NASA rockets will spread a ghostly glow

Article | Mar 08, 2012

The interaction of wind and charged electrical particles 60 to 65 miles from the surface has been associated with satellite failures and radio communication interference. NASA wants to better understand why.