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Six 'pioneers' to join aviation hall of fame

Article | Dec 17, 2013

Six aviation trail-blazers including the first female U.S. jet airline captain, an Apollo astronaut, an air racer, a record-setting test pilot, and a pair of brothers renowned for aircraft design innovation will be enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2014.

Basics of the Robinson R22

Rotorcraft Rookie | Nov 20, 2013

The Robinson R22 is a fun and unique helicopter that is perfectly suited to training.

This Month in History-December

Article | Nov 19, 2013

 Dec. 1, 1783 — Professor Jacques Charles and Nicolas-Louis Robert flew from Paris to Nesles-la-Vallée in a hydrogen-filled balloon, completing the first manned gas balloon flight.  Dec. 2, 1993 — Astronauts Richard O. Covey and Kenneth D. Bowersox piloted Space Shuttle Endeavour on a successful mission to repair the optics of the Hubble Space Telescope and perform routine servicing on the orbiting observatory.

North Carolina, Ohio legislators stand behind the Wrights

Article | Oct 24, 2013

North Carolina, Ohio legislators refute the claim that Gustave Whitehead performed the first powered flight.

Outer Banks airports reopen

Article | Oct 18, 2013

The airstrip next to the Wright Brothers National Memorial, and two others on North Carolina's Outer Banks, reopened with the rest of the federal government.

Shutdown closes historic airfield

Article | Oct 10, 2013

The National Park Service shut down the airstrip at the Wright Brothers National Memorial and two other strips on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Waypoints: An AirVenture unlike any other

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

This summer I attended what is now called EAA AirVenture for the twenty-fourth time—20 in a row.

Briefing: Inverted Jenny stamp to be reissued

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

The 24-cent airmail stamp with the inverted Jenny, originally issued May 10, 1918, was scheduled to be reissued as a $2 stamp.

A Passion for Flight

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

Mark Baker’s entry into general aviation is classic, quintessential—a textbook case. As a kid he rode his bicycle to the airport and sidled up to the old guys there to hear flying stories while he freely poked around the airplanes, bumming rides when he could.

Proficient Pilot: Speak up!

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

On December 28, 1978, United Airlines Flight 173, a McDonnell Douglas DC–8-61 with 189 souls on board, was approaching Oregon’s Portland International Airport.