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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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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).

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.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2005

As of this month, Barry Schiff has been writing for AOPA Pilot for 42 years. Last February, British Airways Flight 268, a Boeing 747-400, departed Los Angeles International Airport for London, England.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2005

Phil Boyer is the president of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations. Thanksgiving Day in America is meant to be a time to offer thanks with family and friends, and symbolizes the start of a holiday season for many of us.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2004

GENERAL From reader Jeff Pardo: Everyone knows that airline pilots must retire upon reaching their sixtieth birthday. What is the mandatory retirement age for air traffic controllers? From reader Paul Schiff: What was the world's first production helicopter? Why are biplanes such as the Pitts Special so popular for aerobatics? What was the first certified four-engine jetliner that did not require a flight engineer? Believe it or not, a few readers have told me that "Test Pilot" is too easy.


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.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2004

Company launches light-sport aircraft sales network With all the hoopla over the Sport Pilot and Light-Sport Aircraft initiative unveiled in July, you might be wondering when new, ready-to-fly airplanes will hit the market. The short answer is that it could take months for work to be completed on "consensus standards," or what manufacturers will be adhering to in order to ensure quality.

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.

Member Guide

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2004

AOPA ONLINE International trip reports What is more valuable than firsthand experience? If you are planning your first international flight to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Canada, or over Cuba, learn the inside scoop from your fellow AOPA members. "Trip Reports" submitted by other pilots can help your flight go more smoothly.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2004

GENERAL From reader Bill Worden: How did over in radiotelephony come to mean, "My transmission is ended, and I expect a reply from you"? From reader Jeff Pardo: Why do controllers use the term squawk when asking pilots to transmit a particular transponder code? Why are pilots making straight-in approaches to Runway 34L/R at the New Tokyo International Airport (Narita, Japan) required to lower their landing gear prior to crossing the shoreline (about 14 nm from the airport)? Rainfall is measured in inches. What does a reported rainfall of 2 inches mean, for example? What is the world's hottest city (according to the World Meteorlogical Organization)? Estimate within four years the average age of all active U.S.

Return to Norman's Cay

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2004

Welcome to Norman's Cay Dick Fayssoux Remains of a drug lord's home Norman's Cay Debris from N3244W and other victims Gene and Dick Fayssoux Sidney Kirkpatrick "We're going to complete the vacation we never finished back in 1982," Gene Fayssoux announced as she climbed into the sporty V-tail. The Beechcraft Bonanza would take her back to the Bahamian island that nearly claimed her life 21 years ago.