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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.