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Vegas wind curtails race

Article | Oct 14, 2014

Canadian Pete McLeod earned a place atop the Red Bull Air Race podium after howling winds cut the racing short Oct. 12 in Las Vegas.

Pilot flies Citabria to Oshkosh for Wounded Warriors

Article | Aug 01, 2014

After six days; flying 5,600 miles at 85 knots in a Citabria from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Oshkosh, Wisconsin; camping out at airports along the way; and eating Mountain House dried food, 21-year-old Alex Mumley-Dupuis said he was ready for a good meal upon arrival at EAA AirVenture.

Flying over Niagara Falls

Video | Jun 06, 2014

Jill Tallman explains how to approach flying over Niagara Falls and what to look out for.

'Pilot Getaways': Put-in-Bay, Take-out-Memories

Article | May 06, 2014

Put-in-Bay, on South Bass Island in Lake Erie, is home to the nation’s third tallest monument, the world’s longest bar, and an adult spring-break-style party like no other. At sunset, this two-by-four-mile island just three miles off the Ohio mainland, the downtown strip of bars on Delaware Avenue transforms into a music thumpin’, bead throwin’, Mardi Gras party atmosphere.

IMC Club launches Canadian chapter

Article | May 06, 2014

IMC Club, the organization that popularized “organized hangar flying” for instrument pilots through its network of local chapters, announced its first chapter in Canada.

The ‘baby student’

Article | Apr 11, 2014

Nicknamed the "baby student" when he learned to fly, because he was the youngest student at the airport, Ed Adams is one of only a dozen charter members still on the AOPA membership rolls.

75 Years: The first to sign up

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

Seventy-five years after its founding in May 1939, a dozen charter members remain active on AOPA’s membership rolls

Buttonville Flying Club: Safety, mentorship, and having fun

Article | Jul 15, 2013

Ultra low dues and access to members’ fleet are among the benefits of joining Canada’s Buttonville Flying Club.

Answers for Pilots: Alaska--Pilot Heaven

Article | Feb 01, 2013

From the jagged, snowy peaks of the Chugach Mountains to the spectacular shoreline of Cook Inlet – from the gorgeous turquoise rivers of the Kenai Peninsula, teeming with fish, to the rugged Brooks Range Mountains in the Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska is breathtaking from the sky and on the ground. Flying is the perfect way to see the vast state. If you are thinking of making a summer trip north, now is a good time to start your planning.

More than 100 Swifts accepted ‘World Domination’ challenge

Article | Dec 03, 2012

More than 100 Globe/Temco Swifts, including one piloted by a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force, filled the skies of the United States, Brazil, Canada, and France during an international fly-out on Nov. 4.

Canada releases details in NTSB-FAA employee midair probe

Article | Aug 29, 2012

A controller in the process of radar identifying a Piper Cherokee received a collision alert alarm just before the aircraft collided with a Beechcraft Bonanza May 28, Canada's Transportation Safety Board said Aug. 22.

Answers for Pilots: Canada! Survival in the Wilderness

Article | May 01, 2012

The arrival of spring means it may be time to enjoy a trip to Canada’s great outdoors. Our northern neighbor’s unspoiled wilderness, magnificent mountains, and scenic lakes beckon hikers, hunters, and fisherman each year. Canada is aviation-friendly and there’s no better way to see the country than by air. However, since much of Canada is wilderness area, Canadian Aviation Regulations require pilots to carry survival equipment for many flights. Find out if your trip requires specific gear with lists of recommended survival gear by season and area.

Member Guide

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2012

The arrival of spring means it may be time to plan a trip to Canada's great outdoors.

Answers for Pilots: Canada calling

Article | Jul 01, 2011

From the Citadel in Quebec City to Victoria's Inner Harbour, from the humpback whales of Brier Island to Jasper National Park's great fishing, Canada calls to us to come and visit. History buffs, adventurers, nature lovers, and cultural aficionados will be delighted with the variety of sights and experiences Canada offers. Its territories are huge, spanning 3.8 million square miles - making it the perfect flying trip - and the general-aviation-friendly country welcomes pilots from the "Lower 48" and Alaska. Flying across the border involves some preparation, so if you are planning to make the trip, these are the basic requirements.

Postcards: Trek to northern Canada

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2011

Some people will do just about anything for the chance to catch some really big fish - and pilots are no exception. If that means flying for hours across a rugged and remote wilderness, landing on a gravel airstrip in the midst of a 200-mile-long lake, and crossing a couple international borders, so much the better. Not many things can compete with a good flying story—except, perhaps for a flying story that’s also a fish story.

Flying in the true north

Article | Dec 01, 2010

We knew fuel was going to be a problem. During the previous few months of planning for this trip across Canada and northward into the Arctic in a Cessna 182, it was clear that finding 100LL was going to be one of the main concerns once past about 55 degrees north.

Answers for Pilots: Alaska!

Article | Jun 01, 2010

It’s June and flying activity is in full swing in Alaska! For those of us in the lower 48 states, flying there can be the adventure of a lifetime. If a trip of this magnitude is on your radar, here is some practical information to help make that dream a reality.

Answers for Pilots: Selling an aircraft across the border

Article | Jan 01, 2010

Calls have jumped in AOPA's Pilot Information Center concerning U.S. aircraft sales to international buyers. Questions typically involve helping the seller understand what is involved in exporting an aircraft. The process of selling an aircraft can be challenging enough, but when you add exporting that aircraft to a buyer across the border, or across the ocean, the task can seem daunting. AOPA is here to help! We’ll discuss a few of the most important aspects of the exporting process, including the Export Certificate of Airworthiness, deregistering the aircraft, and options for transporting the aircraft to the buyer’s location, as well as providing specific information for exporting to Canada.

Crazy for Canada

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2009

“This is not a tour, it’s a rally!” declares Aviation Connection’s International Air Rally President Catherine Tobenas in a sharp French accent. “Not a holiday, but a challenge, for true fliers!” The petite Canadian is addressing a group of weary yet exhilarated participants who have formed a close-knit family since coming together from all over the world to fly the great Cross-Canada Air Rally.

Cowboy Cadillac

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2009

It takes more than an hour to drive from Glasgow (population 3,253) in northeastern Montana to the Nelson ranch (population six) next to the Canadian border. Paved highways get you close but come with a caution: Antelope frequently cross the roads.

Member Guide

Article | Jun 01, 2009

ANSWERS FOR PILOTS Flying to Canada As the weather warms up, many pilots, like the birds, get the urge to fly north. From May through September, AOPA answers phone and e-mail inquiries from pilots asking what is needed to fly across the border into Canada.

Answers for Pilots: Flying to Canada

Article | Jun 01, 2009

As the weather gets warm, many pilots, like birds, get the urge to fly North. From May through September, AOPA answers phone and email inquiries from pilots asking what is needed to fly across the border into Canada.

Canadian Aviation Expo moves to Hamilton International

Article | Apr 01, 2009

The Canadian Aviation Expo, Canada’s largest trade/consumer aviation show, has teamed up with the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum to make Hamilton International Airport its home.

Member Guide

Article | Jun 01, 2008

Flying north of the border Summer’s temperatures provide a great reason to fly north for some reprieve from the heat and humidity. Canada’s provinces and territories offer myriad attractions from Ontario’s City of Niagara Falls to Alberta’s Jasper National Park.

Passport required to enter United States

Article | Sep 01, 2007

Passport required to enter United States There's a new item to add to your preflight checklist when flying outside the United States: Passport on board? Starting January 23, you'll need a passport to reenter the United States, even from Canada and Mexico. The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, set forth by an act of Congress in 2004, requires everyone — including children — who travels by air to Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda to have a passport to reenter the United States.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2007

Flying to Canada in a private aircraft can be one of a pilot's most enjoyable adventures. From the mountains of British Columbia, to Nova Scotia, and to the vast far Northwest Territories, Canada provides spectacular views and great locations that often can be reached only by light aircraft.

- Oshkosh 2006 AOPA News

Article | Jul 25, 2006

AOPA Online -- Oshkosh 2006 AOPA News User fee reality — Boyer tells Oshkosh crowd 'be very concerned' AOPA President Boyer explains thedangers of user fees to an Oshkosh audience. $30 for a flight service station "consultation," plus an additional $5.31 for each forecast product used.

Guide to Member Services

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2006

Financing options for more than aircraft purchases The AOPA Aircraft Financing Program offers more than just financing to purchase an aircraft. The program has expanded to include financing options to install avionics, upgrade an aircraft, and refinance an existing loan.

Fishing in Canada's Remote Wilderness

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2006

I sit as motionlessly and as quietly as possible as a heavy mist again becomes a steady rain. The gray Canadian sky has grown grayer still as somewhere in the clouds the sun is dropping low on the horizon.

The Can-Am Fly-In

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2006

"When you share a passion, it's easy to communicate" As a vicious evening thunderstorm roils across Lac Taureau, a large Canadian lake northeast of Montreal, lightning plunges the crowded banquet hall into darkness. My instant reaction, and probably that of many others from "south of the border," is to groan.

Guide to Member Services

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2005

Renters: Make sure you're covered Aircraft renters may be putting themselves at risk every time they fly if they don't have their own non-owned-aircraft insurance policy. Most FBO policies afford little or no coverage to the renter, and you could be held liable for property damage, injuries, and damage to the rented aircraft, which could cost you thousands.

Postcards

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2004

Flying for fun and points in the International Air Rally Ever want to explore Canada by air, visit places you'd probably never seek out on your own, and have a chance at winning some money while you're at it? Then consider signing up with the eight-day-long International Air Rally, an annual event that's a combination of tourist adventure and flying competition. The entry fee of $990 Canadian (about $760 in U.S.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2004

Into the valley of fire I just finished reading "Into the Valley of Fire" in my July issue of AOPA Pilot. What a fantastic story by Patrick R.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2004

Flying here is similar — but different Yearning for your first international flight? Think Canada, where flight rules are similar to those in the United States. But don't think the flight planning will be a breeze, say AOPA's technical specialists.

Beaver Fever

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2002

As a young lad growing up in Hopkins, Minnesota, Jon Strom and his father made annual treks across the Canadian border to fish for the wily northern pike. The father-and-son team admit that they never caught the biggest fish in Canada but it didn't matter to young Jon: "The trip in the chartered de Havilland Beaver was always the best part of the adventure." Some years later, at age 18, the younger Strom left Minnesota to attend the University of Denver, where he became a civil engineer.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2001

An easy international adventure "I am planning an IFR flight from Michigan to Ohio in the near future," an AOPA member recently wrote in an e-mail message to AOPA . "The most direct route will include flying through Canadian airspace from north of Detroit to east of Cleveland.

The Gimli Glider

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2000

When a giant Boeing 767 runs out of fuel at 41,000 feet, hearts beat faster and knuckles turn white. It happened to Air Canada Flight 143, carrying 61 passengers and a crew of eight, at 8:15 p.m.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 1999

Tips for trips to Mexico and beyond Thinking of flying off on a new adventure? Ask AOPA Pilot Information Center specialist Dave Yinger about his favorite adventure flight and you'll see a wry grin and sparkle in his eyes: Fly south of the border, he'll tell you. Baja California, other parts of Mexico, and countries in Central America remind pilots of the "wild and wooly" days before urban sprawl — when the West was wild and flight was young; the days of bush pilots, gauchos, and barnstormers in open-cockpit biplanes.

Postcards

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 1996

From Moose Jaw to beyond La Ronge The Canada of Saskatchewan and Alberta offers plenty of open farmland, lakes, and vast expanses of uninhabited forest. Flying this relatively unknown part of Canada is also the opportunity to test the verity of the curmudgeon's view of Canada: "A few acres of snow," as expressed by Voltaire.