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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.

Wx Watch: TAF Tune-Up

Article | Aug 01, 2008

Here we go again. Pursuant to a new International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirement, the National Weather Service (NWS) is changing the Terminal Aerodrome Forecast (TAF) format.

President's Position: Passion for flight

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

AOPA President Phil Boyer is president of the International Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations. The passion for flight.

The Ladies Fly

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2008

Six members of the Abilene unit of the Texas Chapter of the International Ninety-Nines gathered for a photo in 1958 as they prepared for a cross-country on a warm spring day. Fifty years later, three of the surviving members remember the thrill and freedom of being among the few women pilots in the United States.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2007

GENERAL The speed of sound at sea level on a standard day is 663 knots (763 mph). What is the speed of sound in space? How did the television hero Sky King get his first name? From reader John Schmidt: Why is airline stewardess Vesna Vulovic a celebrity in her home in Serbia? From reader Mark Baird: The pilot of a modified Pitts biplane conducts a preflight check of the flight controls.

California Flying

Article | Aug 01, 2007

Flying your general aviation airplane to San Francisco to catch a Giants game can be tricky. Pilots can attempt to wrestle their way into the line of big-airplane traffic at San Francisco International Airport (good luck!), or they can fly to the San Carlos Airport and walk the mile to the local Caltrain station for a quick trip to a station that's only two blocks from AT&T Park.

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.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2007

First VLJ show draws nearly all manufacturers Seven airframe manufacturers and a cadre of curious buyers and potential buyers attended the VLJ Exhibition and Trade Show at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in North Carolina on March 4. Produced and promoted by JetPool, the first-ever event was held in one of Wilson Air Center's hangars.


Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2007

Like many GA pilots, Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines sometimes wonders: How might an airline career have worked out? When the lumbering, fully loaded Boeing 767 deftly touched down at Los Angeles International Airport on February 28, you might not have known that anything unusual occurred, were it not for the cheering and applause from the flight deck all the way to the aft bulkhead seat.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2007

GENERAL The Canadian-built robotic arm, Canadarm2, on the International Space Station weighs almost 2 tons. Why does it need to be so strong and heavy when the items that it moves are weightless in orbit? Why is it a good idea to have available a very small quantity of water when draining fuel during preflight inspections? From reader Bob Lippincott: After France fell to Germany in 1940, the Royal Canadian Air Force received North American NA-64 Yale trainers (T-6s with fixed landing gear) originally destined for the French Air Force.

Never Again Online: Our trip to Lake Placid

Article | Feb 01, 2007

The February Wisconsin day was cold and sunny. The outside air temperature was near zero degrees Fahrenheit as my wife, Karen, and I prepared to take our twin-engine Piper Seneca on a weekend trip to Lake Placid, New York.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2007

FAA can't run a business, inspector general audit indicates If the FAA is supposed to be run like a business, it still has a long way to go, according to the most recent audit of the agency's books by the Department of Transportation's inspector general (IG). The FAA can't properly account for almost $5 billion in assets and property, most of it attributed to the new Air Traffic Organization, which runs the air traffic control (ATC) system.

South of Here, East of There

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2006

Whoever out there who hasn't dreamed of chucking it all and heading south of the border, please stop lying now. Romantic visions of lazy days vacationing in piña colada land dance across the mental windscreen, especially at this time of the year when winter looms out there in the not-so-distant darkness.

Guide to Member Services

Article | Oct 01, 2006

Parade of Planes event See more than 80 aircraft taxi from Palm Springs International Airport to the Palm Springs Convention Center on Wednesday, November 8, 2006. The Parade of Planes is a prelude to AOPA's annual convention, to be held November 9 through 11 in Palm Springs, California.

The Wings of a Dove

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2006

The smooth morning air played out all the way to Flight Level 340. That was great news, for two of our passengers were on their very first flight, and the other two had expressed some worry — if only upon their faces — when getting into an airplane far smaller than any they'd ever encountered before.


Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2006

Desert paradise awaits you in California It's in the desert, yet it's nestled under mountains that rise above 10,000 feet msl. It has an international airport, but small airplanes are welcome if they can follow roads.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2006

Navigating the world of customs With the joy and freedom of operating your own aircraft internationally come the pressure and confusion of dealing with customs both in the United States and abroad. Although the process can often seem daunting, comprehensive information is available to guide you through the storm.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2006

John S. Yodice is legal counsel for the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations.

Turbine Pilot

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2006

Hands-on accident prevention and preparedness Every October, in what has become an annual tradition, Bombardier Aerospace conducts its Safety Standdown. The standdown is a four-day series of safety seminars, workshops, and hands-on training that's unique in general aviation.


Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2006

Flying into big airports can be fun — really "Reading departure signs in some big airport/Reminds me of the places I've been." So sings the captain of Air Margaritaville himself, Jimmy Buffett, in his song, Changes in Lattitudes, Changes in Attitudes. I sometimes think of that song when I am sitting in the terminal of a little airport, one that doesn't have but a fraction of the air-carrier operations of the megaplexes.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2006

Congress Funds the FAA for 2006, Says No to User Fees When Congress passed the FAA funding bill in late November, it in effect said, "The current tax system works just fine, thank you." So much for the FAA's claim that the system is "broken." And once again, lawmakers said, "No user fees!" "Congress, acting as the board of directors for the FAA, has once again decided that the fairest, most responsible way to pay for aviation's benefits to all citizens is through excise taxes and general fund contributions," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "And that's why we want to make sure that Congress retains oversight of the FAA." However, the language on user fees is good only through September 2006.

California Flying

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2005

Does Tony Bennett leave his heart anywhere except San Francisco? No. Are San Francisco-area airports general aviation-friendly? Yes — while the idea of mixing it up with the nearly constant flow of air carrier airplanes flying into and out of San Francisco International Airport may be daunting, all Bay Area airports welcome GA pilots.


Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2005

The hangar that now houses Signature Flight Support at San Francisco International Airport used to belong to Butler Aviation. Before it housed Butler, the hangar stood on the grounds of the old airport (Mills Field Muncipal, renamed San Francisco Municipal in 1931).