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Solar Impulse nears departure

Article | Mar 03, 2015

Crews prepared Solar Impulse 2, the gossamer aircraft powered by the sun and designed to inspire, for a hoped-for March 7 departure from Abu Dhabi.

Solar Impulse control center opens in Monaco

Article | Feb 10, 2015

Solar Impulse II, the upgraded version of an all-electric airplane that toured the United States, is set to circle the globe starting in March.

‘Seattle II’ to retrace 1924 epic flight

Article | Jan 22, 2015

It has an engine from the Golden Age of Aviation, an open cockpit, and a long-range cruise speed of about 90 mph. For the Seattle II, a Douglas World Cruiser reproduction, a brief first flight in December started a new chapter in a Seattle couple’s quest to fly it around the world in 2016.

Route set for Solar Impulse 2 round-the-world flight

Article | Jan 22, 2015

Twelve years of study, research, design, and testing will culminate in late February or early March when Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) launches on a solar-powered attempt to circumnavigate the world.

Around the world, over the poles

Article | Jan 22, 2015

During a 24-day pole-to-pole adventure filled with dynamic weather conditions and unanticipated routing changes of thousands of miles in a modified Lancair IV single-engine airplane capable of carrying 361 gallons of fuel in nine tanks, 68-year-old Bill Harrelson landed in North Carolina Jan. 21 unofficially shattering the pole-to-pole speed record.

Pilot to overfly both poles in earth-rounding bid

Article | Dec 30, 2014

A retired airline pilot flying a modified Lancair IV single-engine airplane has launched a new bid to fly around the world and over both poles.

Earhart completes round-the-world flight with help of GA industry

Article | Jul 31, 2014

Fresh off her around-the-world flight in a Pilatus, Amelia Rose Earhart spoke about her adventure at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 28, and credited the trip’s success with the support she received from the general aviation industry.

Living up to her name

Article | Jul 24, 2014

Amelia Rose Earhart finally lived up to her name. In July, she symbolically completed the around-the-world flight of her namesake, Amelia Mary Earhart, who disappeared over the South Pacific on a similar flight in 1937.

World record bid ends in fatal crash

Article | Jul 24, 2014

An accident claimed a 17-year-old pilot seeking the world record as the youngest pilot in command to fly a single-engine airplane around the world.

Around-the-world solar airplane passes first flight test

Article | Jun 04, 2014

A solar-powered around-the-world flight seemed a bit closer to reality after the aircraft designed for the mission completed a first flight test on June 2.

Earthrounder with a cause

Article | May 20, 2014

Matt Guthmiller, 19, plans to set a new record and raise funds with a circumnavigation in an A36 Bonanza fitted with ferry tanks.

Around the world on zero fuel

Article | Apr 09, 2014

Solar Impulse 2, an updated and larger version of the groundbreaking aircraft that has captured imagination and support around the world, was unveiled April 9.

Tails of awesome: Teen plans around-the-world flight

Article | Jan 30, 2014

Ever since Logan Gray can remember, he’s watched airplanes fly over his home.

Countdown on for NORAD Santa Tracker

Article | Dec 17, 2013

The employees and volunteers at NORAD are prepared to track Santa’s voyage from the North Pole.

Milestones: The PT6 at 50

Pilot Magazine | Nov 20, 2013

Fifty years ago this month, Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) developed the first production units of its legendary PT6 series of turboprop engines.

Around the world in 25 days

Pilot Magazine | Nov 19, 2013

How do you approach a flight around the world—do you fly from dawn to dusk, set a leisurely schedule with lots of time for sightseeing, or shoot for something in between?

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.

Member Profile: Matthew Cahn

Article | Nov 19, 2013

Matthew Cahn received Microsoft Flight Simulator as a Christmas gift one year. Knowing that the game had piqued his son’s interest in aviation, Matthew’s father arranged for him to go flying with a friend in November 2012. Less than a year later, Matthew is the one doing the flying. A freshman at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Matthew, now 15, has about 14 hours logged in a Cessna 172 and plans to solo on or near his 16th birthday on Nov. 7, 2014. He hopes to follow that up a year later and earn his private pilot certificate. His goal is to become a commercial pilot. “It would be cool to fly around the country and maybe the world,” he explains.

Maryland airport to stay open under new owner

Article | Nov 12, 2013

A real-estate investment enterprise that acquires properties in "depressed markets around the world" is the new owner of the Cecil County, Md., airport, and plans to keep it in operation.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

From reader David West: What was the North American T–6 Mosquito?

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.

Gulfstream sets world speed record

Article | Oct 21, 2013

A Gulfstream G650 completed the fastest westbound around-the-world flight for a non-supersonic aircraft.

Catalyst for change

Article | Oct 12, 2013

AOPA President Mark Baker presented Lightspeed Aviation Foundation's Allan Schrader with an AOPA Presidential Citation Oct. 11 at AOPA Aviation Summit in Fort Worth, Texas.

Aerobatic pilots vie for world title

Article | Oct 10, 2013

The World Aerobatic Championships are under way in Texas.

Young blood

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

At 7 o’clock on a June morning—an hour when many teenagers on summer vacation still would be asleep—eight high school students form an attentive group around a Glasair Aviation employee.