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Aircraft designers crafting more bird-like wings

Article | Oct 04, 2012

At the cutting edge, aeronautical engineers are exploring ways to move forward by turning back the clock, making airplane (and unmanned aerial vehicle) wings more bird-like.

Dimple aerodynamics: A hole in one?

Article | Sep 20, 2012

Can golf ball dimples improve the aerodynamics of airplane wings? An article in the Journal of Aircraft theorizes that the dimples could expand the wing's boundary layer.

New take on ‘X’ plane wins NASA grant

Article | Sep 05, 2012

Cleared for Mach 2 after departure, this supersonic jet of the future would yaw 90 degrees and put a new set of wings into the wind.

Fly Well: Memory loss

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2012

At 11:30 a.m. in Potomac Park, Washington, D.C., on May 14, 1918, President Wilson, amid large crowds, waited for the Curtis Jenny engine to start for the inaugural airmail flight.

Proficient Pilot: Look, Ma, no rudder!

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2012

On one fine day in the mid-1950s, a pilot was departing Santa Monica, California, in a Model 18 Twin Beech that had just been returned to service after extensive maintenance.

Wx Watch: Mega-storms, on the prowl

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

Convection that lurks night after night

Texas engineer and son take aim at human flight prizes

Article | Jun 14, 2012

Decades after Larry McNay, then 16, helped build and launch the Gossamer Albatross on its historic 1979 hop over the English Channel, he is preparing his son, 13, to power and pilot a new design. Cash prizes and Olympic dreams are on the line.

The Wright stuff: How to tame a horse

Article | Jun 14, 2012

The spruce-and-fabric structure pitched and bobbed in the coastal wind like a giant kite. Supported only at her ankles, hips, and elbows, AOPA Editor-Web Sarah Brown looked out over the dunes and mentally prepared to launch head-first off a hillside.

Wind turbines cause safety, access concerns for airports

Advocacy | May 10, 2012

The adverse effects of 52 wind turbines on the Kessel VOR-DME in West Virginia do not justify decommissioning the navaid and weakening the area's aviation infrastructure, AOPA said.