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Long trip home

Article | Mar 26, 2013

Bill Harrelson, a distance-record-setting pilot, is back in the United States after a marathon 27-hour, nonstop flight from the southern tip of South America to Key West, Fla. Harrelson, 68, had flown his modified Lancair IV to Punta Arenas, Chile, in a bid to fly around the world over both the north and south poles, but adverse weather at the bottom of the world forced him to abandon the effort.

Who flew first?

Article | Mar 20, 2013

An eminent aviation publication has injected new life into an old assertion that the Wright brothers did it best, but Gustave Whitehead did it first, in the matter of who accomplished the first controlled flight in a powered aircraft. Evidence including a newspaper account written by an eyewitness has never been absolutely discredited that Whitehead, a German émigré to the United States who was trained as a builder of engines, flew his aircraft No.

Record-setting pilot on the move

Article | Mar 18, 2013

Editor's note: Bill Harrelson has canceled his double-polar flight after encountering adverse weather. Bill Harrelson, the record-setting pilot and builder of a highly modified Lancair IV, is in southern Chile waiting out bad weather near Antarctica before resuming his round-the-world polar record attempt.

Lainey's first flight

Article | Mar 14, 2013

When Bobby Woodson took his 6-year-old daughter Lainey for her first airplane ride last fall, he had no idea that their sunset trip around a grass strip in South Carolina would become an Internet sensation.

Turbomeca unveils new helo engine in Vegas

Article | Mar 06, 2013

A dance routine including props, lifts, and gymnastics introduced the world to Turbomeca’s newest engine offering, the 1,100-horsepower turboshaft Arrano, at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas.

Luscombe pilot plans 'Day of Silvaire Disobedience'

Article | Feb 28, 2013

If you fly a Luscombe, you are cordially invited to team up with other Luscombe pilots around the world on May 19 and take to the skies.

Student pilot who hit SUV earns his ticket

Article | Feb 21, 2013

In early November 2012, then-student pilot Will Davis's first solo cross-country went viral around the world after his wife’s video showed him clipping an SUV as he landed at Northwest Regional Airport in Roanoke, Texas.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2013

Many readers related to author Chip Wright’s story on the passing of his father and their final flight together. I read the article “Gone West” by Chip Wright with tears in my eyes.

A B-29 flies again after donors back 'Fifi'

Article | Jan 28, 2013

The last airworthy B-29 in the world is airworthy again, after donors stepped up to help the Commemorative Air Force fix "Fifi."

A year of progress on international freedom to fly

Advocacy | Dec 21, 2012

Five decades into the fight to extend freedom to fly to every corner of the globe, IAOPA marked 2012 with collaboration, cooperation, and the promise for more.