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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.

Remembering aviation great Fred Cabanas

Article | Jan 16, 2013

A mischievous smile, boundless enthusiasm, and a “type-A-plus character” made Fred Cabanas the kind of person those who met him never forget. Cabanas died Jan. 15 in Cozumel, Mexico, when the aircraft he was flying while giving a ride to a TV personality crashed. The passenger also was killed in the accident.

Catalina's first airshow flies into history

Article | Oct 15, 2012

Water-powered jetpack pilot Dean O'Malley recently re-created of Glenn L. Martin's flight from Newport Beach to Catalina Island, Calif., as part of the first airshow on the island.

Airshow performer killed in pre-show crash

Article | Sep 09, 2012

Robert Odegaard, an airshow performer and aircraft restorer, was killed Sept. 7 when his Super Corsair crashed during a practice routine at Barnes County Municipal Airport in advance of the Valley City airshow in North Dakota.

Airshow flight procedures subject of delayed notam

Advocacy | Aug 02, 2012

The FAA has requested that AOPA urge pilots who are planning to attend the 2012 Rocky Mountain Airshow to review arrival and departure procedures before a delayed notice to airmen becomes available just one day ahead of the event, scheduled Aug. 24 to 26 at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield, Colo.

Airshow backdrop for donor event

Article | Aug 02, 2012

Seventy AOPA Foundation donors heard exclusive issue briefings while also enjoying an up-close-and-personal view of the July 25 airshow at EAA AirVenture. AOPA President Craig Fuller and Foundation President Bruce Landsberg updated the group on AOPA initiatives and funding successes and challenges.

Topsy-turvy course hooks lifetime flyers, customers

Article | Jul 11, 2012

In the skies over northern Massachusetts, generations of pilots have taken their first taste of a world turned upside down, an introduction to flight inverted that leaves a lasting impression. Many have gone on to learn aerobatics, or get a taildragger endorsement: this kind of flying is pure fun. There's also a serious purpose behind unusual attitude training--just ask any small airplane pilot who has been caught in the wake vortex of an airliner. Learning to master spins, and spin recovery, is another step to building confidence as a pilot, and the skills needed to stay in control no matter what.

No business like (air)show business

Article | Jun 21, 2012

The Extra 330SC rocketed skyward in front of a crowd of thousands, music blaring. It plunged into a spiraling descent just as Bon Jovi's 'We weren't born to follow' started blaring through the speakers, as if by maestro's cue. The precision is a signature for performer Michael Goulian.