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Pilot wins water wings

Article | May 22, 2015

Arizona flight instructor (and newly hired airline pilot) Blake Godfrey won the King Schools Alaska Seaplane Rating Sweepstakes.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | May 17, 2015

If your club is looking for a low-cost trainer, the Cessna 150/152 often comes to mind. But don’t overlook the Piper Tomahawk. When Piper was designing its replacement to the aging Cherokee 140 training fleet in the late 1970s, it surveyed flight instructors and incorporated their input. The result was a reliable trainer that is more spinnable than a 150/152. Nearly 2,500 were made in the five years it was produced. Graham Wilson, chief flight instructor for Windsor Flying Club in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, shares their experience with this T-tail trainer.

Writing it forward (in reverse)

Article | May 14, 2015

The pilot who wrote messages of love and hope over New Orleans moved many hearts while carrying forward a tradition nearly as old as airplanes.

Connecting pilots

Article | May 14, 2015

A Facebook group created by a Seattle pilot to build aviation friendships has grown like gangbusters, expanding to include nearly 2,000 people.

Expanded Alaska complex could squeeze GA access, safety

Advocacy | May 13, 2015

AOPA has submitted formal comments noting concerns about the proposed expansion of military operations areas in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex.

Pilot plans around-the-world flight to promote GA

Article | May 13, 2015

A pilot from California is set to launch May 18 on an around-the-world flight to demonstrate that personal aviation is “truly available to everyone.”

Pilot Getaways: Gem of the Central Coast

Article | May 11, 2015

Monterey is famous for its beaches and unsurpassed array of ocean wildlife. This gem of California’s central coast sits just 100 miles south of San Francisco, yet feels like a world away. Check it out on your way to or from the AOPA Fly-In in Salinas on May 16.

Bahamas airport closed

Article | May 11, 2015

A 3,030-foot runway on Staniel Cay in the Exuma Islands of the Bahamas is out of action, and a tour operator hopes to change that.

Pilot Briefing: They did it!

Pilot Magazine | May 06, 2015

With only a week’s worth of experience in their logbooks, One Week Ready to Solo participants Sherry Rosenkranz, Chris Graves, and Nik Oekerman demonstrated their newfound skills with unassisted flights April 25 in Lakeland, Florida.

Pilot Getaways: Monterey Bay’s midfield

Article | May 05, 2015

Monterey Bay is one of the world’s natural treasures, a gorgeous curved coastline with Santa Cruz at its northern tip, and Monterey at the southern. The experts at Pilot Getaways recommend landing in the middle at Watsonville while you are in the area for AOPA's Salinas Fly-In May 16.