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'A real dog': Total surprise for Husky winner

Article | Oct 11, 2012

The trap had been carefully baited and set. The AOPA 2012 Sweepstakes Tougher Than A Tornado Husky was about to be awarded to its winner, AOPA member Richard Zahn, CEO of a Florida construction company.

Visual Approach

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2012

AOPA photographer Mike Fizer relates his take on photographing the Diamond C1 in South Park Basin, Colorado.

Fly like a fighter: Mountain flying

Fly like a fighter | Aug 28, 2012

Anytime you can fly at an airspeed of 400 knots in an airplane it is a rush. When you do it at 500 feet agl, the thrill is even greater. And when that 500 feet agl includes mountain walls and peaks surrounding your military jet, it turns into an event of a lifetime.

YouTube accident pilot: ‘I was going to abort’

IFR Fix | Aug 10, 2012

The June 30 crash of a Stinson 108-3 in Stanley, Idaho, has been viewed--from an inside-the-cockpit perspective--a million times since one of the passengers posted video on Aug. 4. Pilot Les Gropp, who suffered a broken jaw (his passengers walked away), said a gust of wind lifted him into the air as he was about to abort the ill-fated takeoff.