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Wright factory restoration moves forward

Article | Oct 06, 2015

The National Aviation Heritage Alliance is finalizing plans to purchase (and then restore) the Wright brothers' original aircraft manufacturing factory in Dayton, Ohio, which is owned by a redevelopment company.

Beech central

Article | Oct 06, 2015

The Beechcraft Heritage Museum will host AOPA's final 2015 Regional Fly-In on Oct. 10 at Tullahoma Regional Airport in Tennessee.

Pilot Getaways: Heritage in the Hills

Article | Oct 05, 2015

The largest city in the narrow, western portion of North Carolina, Asheville retains a small-town feel that welcomes you to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Pilot flying biplane from England to Australia

Article | Oct 05, 2015

An English pilot is flying a Stearman biplane 13,000 miles from England to Sydney, Austalia, to honor an aviation pioneer.

Texas toast

Article | Sep 30, 2015

A long, hot day of waiting capped by an aerobatic twofer did not prove the best possible recipe for solid scores for a new competitor at the 2015 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships.

Travel Airs fly 1,000 miles to homecoming

Article | Sep 29, 2015

Five Travel Airs, all of them 86 to 88 years old, flew more than 1,000 statute miles to honor the ninetieth anniversary of the founding of the famous manufacturer.

OpenAirplane passes 10,000-member mark

Article | Sep 29, 2015

OpenAirplane, a free service that offers renter pilots a "universal checkout," allowing them to rent aircraft at multiple participating locations, has surpassed 10,000 members.

Holland in rarefied air

Article | Sep 29, 2015

Rob Holland captured an unprecedented fifth consecutive national aerobatic championship, then added freestyle gold to his mounting medal count.

Wheels Up unveils breast cancer awareness 'Pink Plane'

Article | Sep 29, 2015

Wheels Up is taking breast cancer awareness to new heights when the membership-based private aviation company’s specially outfitted pink Beechcraft King Air 350i takes off to invite contributions Oct. 1.

Bonhomme builds lead

Article | Sep 28, 2015

British pilot Paul Bonhomme closed in on his third Red Bull Air Race Championship, balancing risks and rewards at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Air travel still big news in Plainview

Article | Sep 28, 2015

In the 1940s air travel was still an expensive and mysterious adventure; because of that, airport happenings made it into the local newspaper in Plainview, Texas. The column is still going.

Personal best

Article | Sep 24, 2015

Finding satisfaction, with or without a trophy, is one of the keys to making a long career in competition aerobatics.

Charter College, flight schools partner for aviation degree

Article | Sep 23, 2015

Charter College, with locations in Alaska, California, and Washington, is partnering with several Part 141 flight schools to offer an aviation degree.

Corner man

Article | Sep 23, 2015

Pilots flying the lowest categories in the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships must learn patience, first.

Tony Hawk hosts Sky Combat Ace premiere

Article | Sep 22, 2015

World-renowned former pro skateboarder Tony Hawk will help host the grand opening for aerial battle specialists Sky Combat Ace during their San Diego location premier Sept. 26.

MODAERO touts spring break for millennial pilots

Article | Sep 22, 2015

College students shaking off their winter blues will have an additional spring break option besides Panama City Beach, Florida; Cancun, Mexico; and Hilton Head, South Carolina, when the first MODAERO fly-in spreads its wings in south Texas next March.

Club Spotlight

Article | Sep 20, 2015

The Gateway Flying Club has been around since 1976 and like many clubs, faced some challenges when the economy took a downturn over the past several years. Based at Anoka County Blaine Airport (KANE) in Anoka, Minnesota, the club weathered the storm by making adjustments to it finances, including a dry hourly rate and new member specials. Club President Chris Baye and Board Member-at-Large Curt Stoltz share how the club continues to succeed after nearly 40 years.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Sep 20, 2015

The Cessna 177 Cardinal might just be the Goldilocks of Cessna single-engines. It’s bigger than the C-172, but not as fast as the C-182. It fits somewhere in between and provides a nice cross-country aircraft with good speed and economical performance. It makes a reliable IFR trainer and in a pinch can be used for primary students as well. Gateway Flying Club President Chris Baye and Member-at-Large Curt Stoltz share their experience with the Cardinal.

Five pilots, one family

Article | Sep 18, 2015

For one family from the Deep South, a passion for aviation was born above the Arctic Circle in Alaska.

Gyrocopter pilot breaks transcontinental record

Article | Sep 17, 2015

It took many years but a gyrocopter pilot from Missouri has broken the coast-to-coast and back record by 16 days.

California wildfires look 'like a war zone'

Article | Sep 17, 2015

Western wildfires ignited blazes in six states, triggering multiple firefighting TFRs as crews continue to battle a pair of massive California fires.

Tullahoma AOPA Fly-In offers Jack Daniel Distillery tour

Article | Sep 17, 2015

A tour of the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee, the nation’s oldest distillery, should be part of your plans for the AOPA’s Tullahoma Regional Fly-In.

Reno air races off to fast start

Article | Sep 17, 2015

A record 19 aircraft are racing in the Jet Class at the fifty-second National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada.

Hearings set on proposed Alaska F-35 base

Advocacy | Sep 17, 2015

AOPA is encouraging members who fly in Alaska to comment on a proposal to base F-35 fighter aircraft at Eielson Air Force Base.