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Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2012

The Pitts Special, like its free-thinking, self-educated designer, Curtis Pitts, is an American original. The iconic biplane epitomizes the independent, resourceful, and outlandish nature of its creator—and its uncompromising, exhilarating,and totally impractical design exudes raw energy and attitude.


Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

What a fantastic article about the flight to Greenland "Epic Flight: Greenland Adventure," October 2011 AOPA Pilot. Dave Hirschman's writing exactly exemplifies the spirit at the heart of anyone who loves aviation.

AOPA Media

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2011

Epic Flight: Greenland Adventure General aviation aircraft can take us to amazing places—this month we’ve gone out of this world. Three Bonanzas left western Maryland, briefly stopped at the last U.S.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2011

Pilots tend to regard Greenland as a steppingstone to somewhere else—and the gigantic, barren, and seemingly endless expanse of rock and ice is seldom a destination. But Adrian Eichhorn, an airline and former corporate pilot who had overflown the remote region many times at high altitude in jets, thought the towering fjords, massive ice cap, and otherworldly landscape would make the ultimate backdrop for general aviation flying.

Epic Flights: Greenland adventure

Article | Aug 01, 2011

Towering and timeless, the icy peaks of Greenland's remote west coast rise slowly into view at a distance of more than 50 miles.

Fly-Outs: Backcountry adventure

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2011

Flying in Idaho's spectacular backcountry is one of those "bucket list" items for the adventurous pilot. And flying to Wilson Bar - a one-way airstrip with a blind approach and no go-around - represents the essence of Idaho mountain flying.

Oh, the places you’ll go!

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

Bob Gannon in Palmyra, Syria It’s been a peaceful 10 years for Bob Gannon’s next-door neighbors in Las Vegas, Nevada. But when noises started coming from his place around mid-January 2011, there was no cause for alarm.

Pilot Products: New Ideas

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

Chartflier EFB Chartflier EFB Who: Essential Flight Technology Chartflier EFBWhat: Subscription not required, weather and limited traffic, electronic approach platesWhere: www.essentialflight.usWhy: ADS-B is the future, and Chartflier is a good valueCost: $149 for an annual subscription; tablet and ADS-B receiver options on website Pros: Easy to use, reliable chart backup Free weather and some traffic Inexpensive software Cons: ADS-B not yet available nationwide Our tests were sometimes buggy Electronic approach plate and moving-map hardware and software applications are so ubiquitous now that the choices are getting downright confusing. One of the many options, Essential Filght Technology’s Chartflier Electronic Flight Bag, can be summed up in four familiar letters—ADS-B.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2011

Barry Schiff has had a pocketful of helicopter (and gyroplane) ratings for 47 years. “Trouble is,” he says, “I haven’t had my hands on a collective and a cyclic very much in the interim.” So it was that he had mixed emotions when invited by Jim Magglos to fly his fully restored Bell 47G-3B-1, the subject of “Movie and TV Star.” “You see,” Schiff says, “most pilots—including Magglos—suffer from the oft-mistaken notion that aviation writers are fantastic aviators.

This November, there’s only one place to land: AOPA Summit

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2010

AOPA Aviation Summit—The premier source for education on proficiency, safety, technology, and affordable flying Attend AOPA Aviation Summit and participate in all new, interactive forums led by an exciting group of aviation experts Airport Activism—Simple Steps to Save Your Airport: AOPA Airports Team AOPA and the Art of Aviation Photography: Mike Fizer—Senior Photographer, AOPA and Chris Rose— Photographer, AOPA Aviation Humor: Rod Machado—Flight Instructor, Author and Aviation Humorist Buying Your First Airplane: Tom Haines—Editor in Chief, AOPA California Fog-In: Thomas A. Horne—Editor at Large, AOPA Pilot magazine Cockpit Courage: Captain Jim Tucker Commercializing Space: Dick Rutan Ditching and Water Survival: Doug Ritter—Chairman, Equipped to Survive Foundation Engine Failure After Takeoff: Barry Schiff—Aviation Author, AOPA Pilot magazine columnist FAR Refresher: John Yodice—AOPA General Counsel, Law Offices of Yodice Associates Fast Track to Your Pilot Certificate: Doug Stewart—Chairman, Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) Flying for a Living: Strategies for Getting Hired: Ian Twombly—Deputy Editor, AOPA, Flight Training magazine Flying to Alaska: Tom George—Alaska Regional Representative, AOPA Flying to Mexico—What Pilots Need to Know: Rick Gardner—Director of Aviation Services, Caribbean Sky Tour The Future of Aircraft Ownership: Dave Hirschman—Senior Editor, AOPA How to Pass Any Checkride: Jason Blair—Executive Director, National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) Keep Young and Fly Forever: Janet Lapp—Flight Instructor, Psychologist, Author, Motivational Humorist The Kings on Avoiding Unwanted Adventure: John and Martha King, King Schools Luck Comes to the One Most Prepared: Sean D.