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The whales of Baja

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

Dawn casts the barren Pacific coast of the Baja Peninsula in a soft light as we overfly the dusty airstrip at San Ignacio.

Pilots: Tom Davis

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Thirty-three years of service in the United States Navy didn’t make Tom Davis wealthy or famous.

The new soverign

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Owner/pilots who’ve reached the top of the single-pilot (SP) jet food chain—most likely in the form of a Cessna Citation CJ4 or Embraer Phenom 300—sometimes wonder, what’s next?

Pilots: Big Mac pilot

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

“Every single time I leave the ground, I’m looking forward to the next time,” says Reginald “Reggie” Webb, owner of a Lancair IV-P.

Yacht in the air

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

There’s a good chance you’ve used Row 44’s satellite-based, in-flight Wi-Fi system as an airline passenger.

Quick Look: Gulfstream V

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

The Gulfstream V was the world’s first ultra-long-range corporate jet.

Waypoints: A blank, but not ageless canvas

Pilot Magazine | Nov 21, 2013

To those of you who bought new airplanes this year, thank you!

IFR Fix: Worse weather wanted

Article | Nov 18, 2013

Before this phase of the flight, terrain was of no concern—a state of situational awareness underscored by the topographic blankness of IFR charts.

Nantucket Flying Association: No aircraft yet, but promotes GA

Article | Nov 18, 2013

Although the Nantucket Flying Association has no aircraft, it still considers itself a flying club.

A careful balance

Article | Nov 14, 2013

Pilots of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration handle risk with teamwork, blending science and adventure in a unique flying job.

SJ30 still going strong after all these years

Article | Oct 21, 2013

Ed Swearingen's idea for a business jet in the 1980s may finally reach market.

Dogfight: Tower or no tower

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

Uh, oh. Senior Editor Dave Hirschman takes on his boss—Editor in Chief Tom Haines—in this discussion on which is the better airstrip: one with an air traffic control tower or one without.

A Passion for Flight

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

Mark Baker’s entry into general aviation is classic, quintessential—a textbook case. As a kid he rode his bicycle to the airport and sidled up to the old guys there to hear flying stories while he freely poked around the airplanes, bumming rides when he could.

Young blood

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

At 7 o’clock on a June morning—an hour when many teenagers on summer vacation still would be asleep—eight high school students form an attentive group around a Glasair Aviation employee.

License to Learn: Ties the bind us

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

We actually do quite well at training people to make good decisions regarding their safety. People in industries ranging from commercial aviation to the nuclear industry have made impressive improvements in their safety record over the years.

A passion for flight

Article | Aug 29, 2013

Mark Baker, set to be appointed as AOPA's fifth president and CEO Sept. 6, is committed to ensuring open access to aviation.

Cool Stuff: Solar Impulses's Last Leg

Article | Jul 25, 2013

After a two-month journey powered only by solar power, Solar Impulse HB-SIA’s last leg across the United States should have literally been a breeze.

Leadership vacuum complicates correcting CBP excesses

Article | Jul 18, 2013

A lack of oversight may have allowed U.S. Customs and Border Protection to overstep the bounds of its police functions.

Club Spotlight

Article | Jul 16, 2013

Crossroads Flying Club based at Double Eagle Airport (KAEG) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, isn’t for everybody. It’s a small club in which members pay a high equity stake to gain access to two high-performance aircraft—a 250-hp Socata Trinidad TB20 and a 300-hp, six-seat Piper Lance. Club President Bob Rausch explains how the club works and why it’s a great alternative to owning your own aircraft.

Torrance Airport Association to hold meeting on proposed helicopter route

Article | Jul 01, 2013

The Torrance Airport Association is holding a meeting to discuss a proposal to modify a West Pacific Coast Highway helicopter route.

Summit Goes Southwestern

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

Four years ago, AOPA's annual convention broke several longstanding traditions, changing its name to AOPA Aviation Summit and tweaking its format to encourage engagement and interaction among those attending. Now, AOPA Summit is breaking with another tradition--that of alternating between East Coast and West Coast locations. AOPA Aviation Summit 2013 will be held in Fort Worth, Texas, October 10 through 12.

First Build A Plane Glasair completes taxi test

Article | Jun 28, 2013

The first of two Experimental aircraft built by high school students over the past two weeks in Arlington, Wash., had a successful taxi test on June 27.

Staying alive: Survival training for after a ditching

Article | Jun 20, 2013

In the chilly ocean off the Southern California coast, GA pilots learned what it feels like to hit the water in a ditching.

Two weeks to triumph

Article | Jun 19, 2013

Eight teenagers got down to business on their first day of a two-week odyssey in which they will help to build two Glasair kit airplanes.

Letters: Training the Best for the Worst

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Alton K. Marsh’s story on Coast Guard helicopter rescue training on the Oregon coast brought out the patriotism of our members.