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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.

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.

The Lowest Airfield on Earth

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2009

Masada, Israel (31 degrees, 19.92 minutes north; 035 degrees, 23.41 minutes east). Minus 1,240 feet msl.

Wx Watch: Eyes on the sky

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

In a lonely, one-story, concrete building some five miles from the Kansas City International Airport, a group of 40 Aviation Weather Center (AWC) meteorologists toil around the clock. Their job: create the weather forecasts, advisories, warnings, and graphics that flight service specialists and the pilot community rely upon for sound preflight information.

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.

Seven Zero

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2009

This month marks the seventieth anniversary of AOPA’s founding, an event that took place after several aviation-minded Philadelphia lawyers had a discussion during a hunting trip. The conversation centered on general aviation’s lack of effective political representation.

Answers for Pilots: Pilot Certificates

Article | May 01, 2009

If you’re confused about whether you need to replace your pilot certificate with a newer version, you’re not alone. Lately, many of the questions members ask when they call AOPA’s Pilot Information Center concern their pilot certificates.

Airshows expect record 2009 attendance

Article | Apr 01, 2009

The airshow industry launched its 2009 season last month with strong attendance at the Florida International AirShow.

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.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2009

Jet power for your body JetPack International is close to developing a hydrogen peroxide-power jetpack that will fly you around for nine minutes. It will cost $200,000, training included.

Trip Report, November 24, 2009: Bahamas RCOs

Article | Jan 12, 2009

Click image to expand During our post-AOPA Summit Fly Out to the Bahamas, I took advantage of the opportunity to test navaids and RCO’s in the Bahamas. Our route took us over Bimini, Andros (north end), Nassau/New Providence, the central Exumas, Eleuthera (south end), Cat Island and Long Island.

Answers For Pilots: 406 MHz ELTs

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2008

No doubt you’ve read about the changeover from 121.5 MHz to 406 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) that is effective February 1, 2009. But what, exactly, is changing? The international search-and-rescue satellite system, known as Cospas-Sarsat, will stop monitoring 121.5 MHz ELTs on that date, although 121.5 ELT signals will be still be detected by receivers including local airports, air traffic control, and overflying aircraft.