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President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

When AOPA's founders first gathered at Wings Field outside of Philadelphia almost 73 years ago, they were part of a small but growing

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

“Americans are notoriously bad at geography, and I’m afraid that I fit that stereotype,” says Senior Editor Dave Hirschman. “I knew the Bahamas was somewhere off the east coast of Florida, but I had no idea just how close and accessible the islands are via general aviation” (“Another Day, Another Island,”).

Topics Bahamas, Travel

Another Day, Another Island

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

Three minutes after pushing the Cessna Caravan’s power lever forward at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport,
AOPA President Craig Fuller guides the lumbering airplane across the Florida coast and out over the Atlantic Ocean.

Cirrus 'chutes to safety off Bahamas, none hurt

Article | Jan 11, 2012

Dr. Richard McGlaughlin was level at 9,500 feet msl when the engine stopped, freezing the propeller over warm Atlantic Ocean water near the island of Andros, Bahamas. Accounts of the successful deployment of the Cirrus SR22's parachute, and the Coast Guard rescue of McGlaughlin and his daughter, Elaine, 25, drew national attention. McGlaughlin recounted part of his experience on the AOPA Forums.

2012 'Bahamas & Caribbean Pilot's Guide' available

Article | Nov 04, 2011

The thirty-fourth edition of the Bahamas + Caribbean Pilot's Guide has been published. The 2012 edition of the 400-page spiral bound book includes newly designed island maps and an extended Haiti section for humanitarian aid pilots, according to Pilot Publishing Inc.

Rally GA: Flight for Survival

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

A distant whir quickly grows to a roar as a red and blue Piper Aztec buzzes the Cat Island coastline after takeoff, its two 250-horsepower Lycoming IO-540 engines at full power. All conversation stops; necks crane skyward to follow the Aztec's path. It's a signal that the pilot just dropped off food, water, and construction tools at the Arthur's Town Airfield.

Member Guide

Article | Nov 01, 2011

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Pilots:

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

Less than 72 hours after the earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, Cameron King was unloading a Piper Aztec on the ramp at the airport in Port-au-Prince. In the near chaos of the first days, only a few people took notice of King, who looks more like a teenager than a young woman of 23 years.

Answers For Pilots: Flying to the Islands

Article | Nov 01, 2011

The Bahamas took a beating in August from Hurricane Irene – said to be the worst storm to hit the islands since the Nassau Hurricane of 1926 – and while some airports sustained flooding and damage, most were restored to service within a couple of days. The airports provided a valuable service to Bahamian residents, as government officials flew to Cat Island, Acklins, Inagua and Long Island to assess the local damage. General aviation played a vital role in bringing food, water, and supplies to many who suffered tremendous loss. Organizations such as Bahamas Habitat responded quickly with disaster relief airlifts, then followed up with longer-term restorative efforts in the islands.

Flight for survival

Article | Sep 01, 2011

Looking out over the turquois Caribbean Sea from Cat Island seems like paradise. But look left, right, or inland across the street and it looks as if something exploded. Trees are twisted and uprooted, asphalt washed off the street like tar paper, mattresses and furniture piled in heaps, sides of home collapsed or missing. Hurricane Irene pummeled parts of the Bahamas Islands, and general aviation pilots are working to provide food, water, and shelter to those in need.