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Stewart wins 2013 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship

Article | Jun 04, 2013

Skip Stewart has been named the 2013 recipient of World Airshow News’ Bill Barber Award for Showmanship.

Famous Pilots

Article | Jun 01, 2013

Mike Goulian says aviation found him. "I am very much an athlete, and I was looking for something that I could compete in after high school," he says. "Aerobatics was it. I don't know if I did it to compete against other people or myself. But I am super-competitive, and I love to do everything I can the best I can."

Technique: Nose up, unload, roll!

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

A roll is the first aerobatic maneuver an aerobatic student learns, and it should be a confidence booster as well as a clean break from the past.

Safety Pilot: Low-impact aerobatics: The Swiss way

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Learning about unusual attitudes—not the pilot’s but the aircraft’s—is an excellent skill and need not be painful. It’s good experience since most of us work hard to avoid them.

Sun ’n Fun airshow wows crowds

Article | Apr 11, 2013

Pilots nationwide and spectators from the Lakeland, Fla., area flocked to the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in anticipation of the daily airshows and other happenings at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. The daily airshows are shorter this year to accommodate more fly-in traffic and make up for the cancellation of the U.S.

LoPresti Aviation shifts focus, Fury on hold

Article | Feb 06, 2013

The LoPresti Fury will not return to the airshow circuit in 2013, following a shift in focus by the company toward lighting products and speed mods.

Famous pilots

AV8RS | Feb 01, 2013

As a boy, Sean D. Tucker dreamed of being Superman and flying through the sky. But since he had no super powers, he did the next best thing.

Time in type

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2013

As six gloved hands pull six mixture controls to idle cutoff, the rumble of six idling Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp engines gives way to a metallic tink, tink, tink as the Hamilton Standard constant-speed propellers spin to a stop. Seven pilots (two in the lead airplane) simultaneously open their canopies, take off their helmets, dismount, and position the propellers so their blades are horizontal.

Don't let the ground loop get you

Article | Jan 17, 2013

The sense of being powerless in an aircraft is terrifying. Pilots are trained to control the airplane and correct dangerous situations that arise. But in this developed, low-speed ground loop demonstration, I'm powerless. Applying full right rudder during the uncontrolled left turn yields no results. Brakes are no help.