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Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

Sailing in with a splash Luxury LSA promises access to land, water, snow A $394,000 amphibious tailwheel airplane from France named Akoya that draws design inspiration from the world of high-speed sailing is preparing to make a splash in the United States. The cost of the light sport aircraft (LSA) includes training and a three-year maintenance and aircraft warranty.

AOPA to host International Learn to Fly Day June 2

Article | May 30, 2012

AOPA is teaming with Maryland's Frederick Municipal Airport to host International Learn to Fly Day on Saturday, June 2. The event, part of a worldwide effort, will include a free day-long event designed to introduce the local community to general aviation.

'Learn to Fly' events target future pilots

Article | May 10, 2012

Prospective pilots will have an opportunity to take the first step toward a pilot certificate May 19 through dozens of International Learn to Fly Day events that will feature free orientation flights.

IAOPA generates significant resolutions at World Assembly

Advocacy | May 01, 2012

The International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations recently held its biennial World Assembly in Stellenbosch, South Africa, to discuss current and emerging challenges confronting the world's general aviation community.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

It was a typical overcast winter morning at Portland International Airport in Oregon, with ceilings running around 1,400 feet agl and reported tops at about 7,000 feet msl. Ground control had just rattled off our clearance to Rogue Valley International in Medford, Oregon, clearing us to 10,000 feet.

The Voice of Worldwide Aviation

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

The March 1962 issue of The Pilot (now known as AOPA Pilot) announces the formation of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA). The article on the new group is just pages from the magazine's editorial on the threat of "User Charges." It's been 50 years, but some things never change.

Astronaut with GA roots prepares new generation of explorers

Article | Feb 27, 2012

The main engines lit six seconds before liftoff, filling the space shuttle Discovery with a low rumble. Liftoff was instant. NASA astronaut Nicole Stott's second trip to space was a highlight of a space flight career launched, in many ways, by a Skybolt.

GA input sought in Reno-Tahoe survey

Advocacy | Feb 01, 2012

A general aviation resurgence is under way at Nevada's Reno-Tahoe International Airport, and pilots can support it by participating in a survey to measure potential use of GA facilities on the field.

Readers list FBOs with freebies

Article | Jan 11, 2012

Readers have responded to the January article in 'AOPA Pilot' with a list of airports in 20 states and the Virgin Islands that give away neat things. You've heard of the $100 hamburger, now meet the $100 free lunch. You still have to fly to Lebanon, Mo., or Pecos, Texas, but once there, lunch is free.

Mentoring matters

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2012

International flying poses challenges to the pilot only accustomed to domestic flight. Differences in IFR procedure design, ATC, and flight planning all require adjustment from normal routine. One issue that has proven especially troubling is that of varying transition altitudes and levels found outside North America.

We have a winner

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

United Airlines First Officer Eric Short was making his usual 1 a.m. arrival on a trip from San Francisco to Washington-Dulles International Airport. But he had one more stop after that. With assistance from United, the stop was carefully coordinated by AOPA staffers on a mission: to inform Short that he was the winner of AOPA's 2011 Crossover Classic sweepstakes. Short's name was selected from among the thousands of entries by an outside accounting firm.

Saving Our Airports: Keeping GA at Reno Tahoe

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2011

Photography by the author A new day dawned for general aviation at Reno/Tahoe International Airport on July 14, 2011—not when the sun rose over the high desert at 5:41 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, but after 9 a.m.

License to Learn

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2011

Every few years, I find my way to Reno, Nevada, to attend some aviation function. This year I was there for the Women in Aviation International (WAI) conference.

ABCs of Simulators

Article | May 01, 2011

SimCom’s Pilatus PC12 Level 1 flight training device provides pilots with a near-real-world view out the cockpit. Though the device doesn’t move, the psychosomatic feedback of the wrap-around visuals gives a convincing sense of movement.

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.

A global approach to GA

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

Little support by the government for “rich people” and their aircraft. A government concerned about terrorist attacks by small aircraft.

AOPA Road and Runway: The ultimate cross-country road trip

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

Airports along the way Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport (JGG)—This charming GA airport is tucked off a residential road southwest of the city of Williamsburg, Virginia, on Marclay Road. Privately owned and founded in 1970 by Larry and Jean Waltrip, its on-site restaurant, Charly’s, features homemade breads and desserts and was voted the number one $100 hamburger stop on the East Coast by 100hamburger.com.

Value of GA spans borders, oceans

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2010

Aviation regulations and technology crafted in Europe have a way of making their way across the pond. So when the world meets to discuss general aviation in Friedrichshafen, Germany, AOPA will be there.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

This could have been written in the 1920s, although barnstorming then wasn’t done on a schedule. The American Barnstormers Tour continues its multiyear run with a new tour in the central United States from June to July.

AOPA presents student pilot scholarship at WAI

Article | Mar 01, 2010

A student pilot from Fairbanks, Alaska, has received AOPA's first Student Pilot Scholarship, AOPA Foundation President Karen Gebhart announced Feb. 26 at the twenty-first annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Pilotage:

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2010

I had just started fueling the first of four mostly empty 37-gallon bladder tanks when a perky little Piper Tri-Pacer taxied over and took up a next-in-line position at the Aztec’s four o’clock. A youngish pilot hopped out and sauntered over.

Helicopter social group wants new members

Article | Feb 01, 2010

The international helicopter pilot organization, Twirly Birds, is looking for new members. The group was founded in 1945 when a small group of pilots met to share stories and the common experiences of flying helicopters during these early years of vertical flight.

Hope in a hopeless time

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2010

Two great forces were at work during the tumultuous days of 1930s America. The predominant experience of that decade was, of course, the profound economic depression.

Pilots: Joe Manchin III

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2010

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III has been a pilot, aircraft owner, and AOPA member for more than 40 years.

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.