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NASA high flyer tests new technology

Article | Sep 20, 2012

Cruising above 60,000 feet over the East Coast, a NASA ER-2 (a variant of the venerable U-2) is testing new sensors designed for satellites that will eventually keep tabs on clouds, aerosol vapors, and foliage, among other things. The flight crews will share an operating base with the hurricane-hunting Global Hawk unmanned aircraft systems.

Power loss over rough seas

Article | Sep 13, 2012

Stanley E. Shaw and his adult son sat in the cockpit of the Cessna 185 floatplane, tossed about by six- to eight-foot swells. A sudden loss of power had forced an emergency landing off the California coastline.

NASA launches five-year hurricane hunt

Article | Sep 12, 2012

What do the Saharan Air Layer and hurricanes have in common? NASA is banking on Global Hawk UAVs overflying the storms to see if a connection lies between the two.

Louisiana airports flooded by Isaac

Article | Aug 31, 2012

Much of Lakefront Airport in New Orleans remained under water Friday morning, and business owners said there had been no word from the city on when a drainage valve might be opened to clear the water. At least one other airport, St. John the Baptist in nearby Reserve, La., was also under water. Losses are certain at both facilities, though the magnitude remained unknown Aug. 31.

Florida braces for hurricane strike

Article | Aug 23, 2012

With Tropical Storm Isaac expected to strengthen into a hurricane, and take a track toward Florida, it's not too soon for aircraft owners to pay attention – and consider making arrangements to protect vulnerable aircraft. Sound preparation includes a close look at aircraft insurance to verify what limits are in place, how those limits might be affected by the presence of a watch or warning, and whether the policy covers relocation by a professional pilot to keep an aircraft out of harm's way.

Flight Design adds new training centers

Article | Jul 31, 2012

Flight Design added a number of new Flight Design Pilot Centers in recent weeks, the light sport aircraft manufacturer said recently.

Teacher plans bicoastal biofuel flight

Article | Jul 12, 2012

A Rhode Island high school teacher and private pilot is working to secure sponsorships (and an FAA waiver) for a coast-to-coast flight on biofuel. For Ross McCurdy, this will be the latest effort to demonstrate the potential for emerging technologies that capitalize on renewable resources.

Air Race Classic teams gathering in Arizona

Article | Jun 14, 2012

Teams of women pilots flying 55 aircraft are headed to Arizona to take part in the 2012 Air Race Classic June 19 to 22, continuing a tradition of women's air racing that began in 1929.

America’s only female Zeppelin pilot takes left seat

Article | Jun 12, 2012

There are only two Zeppelin NT (new technology) behemoths flying in the world, and women fly both of them. One is in Germany, while Andrea Deyling just completed six months of training in the United States.

LightSquared files for bankruptcy

Advocacy | May 15, 2012

LightSquared filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 on May 14. The wireless network based on mobile-satellite technology that was found to overpower GPS navigation signals made the filing two weeks after it negotiated an extension for making a payment on its debt.

Safety cited for NJ runway project

Advocacy | Apr 25, 2012

Building a runway aligned with strong winds that sweep coastal Robert J. Miller Airpark would make the Toms River, N.J., airport safer and more of an asset to the community, AOPA said at a public hearing on proposed improvements.

Cessna 421C, pilot crash in Gulf of Mexico

Article | Apr 20, 2012

Jet fighters and Coast Guard rescue crews watched helplessly as a Cessna 421 spiraled over the Gulf of Mexico April 19. The pressurized twin's windows were covered with ice, and there was no response from the pilot and lone occupant.

Flying, and buying

Advocacy | Apr 12, 2012

Larry Stencel would love celebrate his 40-plus years as a pilot by buying himself a brand new general aviation airplane - but he won't do it on the two-year plan.

Good grits

Article | Mar 24, 2012

The morning of March 23, the Husky flight team awoke in beautiful Cedar Key, Fla. The gulf breezes and sunshine were a great start to the day. Even better was having another Husky join the group for a few hours. Tim Clifford, director of the Recreational Aviation Foundation, joined the crew for breakfast. After talking about how great Sun 'n Fun will be this year over a meal, three Huskies took off from Cedar Key and headed south along the Florida coast.

Huskies wind way to Florida

Article | Mar 23, 2012

The Husky team awoke to good news March 22; the weather system that had been impacting most of Mississippi late Wednesday hadn't moved. That meant a relatively clear flight.

Resuming the journey: A pilot's return to flight

Article | Mar 20, 2012

A journey that began with backcountry flights in Alaska takes twists and turns for one woman to become a pilot, only to have to put those dreams aside as life events interfere. Now, an opportunity to return to Alaska for some summer flights has once again ignited the desire to get back in the left seat.

Man vs. mountain

Article | Mar 15, 2012

You'll know when the avalanche probe lands on a person: That spongy, soft feeling is like nothing else on the mountain, ski guide Kirk Becker explains to four advanced skiers at the Whistler Municipal Heliport. It's a standard briefing at British Columbia's Whistler Heli-Skiing, where remote alpine adventures are contingent on the Pacific coastal weather and the decision of the pilot in command.

Pilots in Pacific Northwest could face $100,000 fines

Advocacy | Feb 23, 2012

Slated to take effect Feb. 27, a new regulation would enable the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to impose fines of up to $100,000 for flying 1,000 to 2,000 feet msl over sanctuaries in the Channel Islands, Monterey Bay, and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine sanctuaries in California; and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary in the state of Washington.

Hawker Beechcraft protests trainer contract

Article | Feb 08, 2012

After Embraer's A-29 Super Tucano won a bidding contest worth $355 million over Hawker Beechcraft's AT-6, HBC was stunned. The company launched an all-out effort to review and reverse the decision, but Sierra Nevada Corp., which partnered with Embraer for the Super Tucano bid, says the Air Force got it right.

West Coast sanctuary overflight now a dangerous gamble

Advocacy | Feb 02, 2012

Pilots could face stiff fines - up to six figures - for violating new overflight regulations that place the National Airspace System on a slippery slope. The FAA has ceded to another federal agency - the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - authority to enforce what amount to new airspace restrictions.

From Cape Cod to Cape Horn

Article | Jan 19, 2012

A Boeing 747 captain who was stricken in his prime with a career-ending illness, and restored to health by a liver transplant, has launched on a 16,000-mile mission of hope and learning in a general aviation airplane.

Cirrus 'chutes to safety off Bahamas, none hurt

Article | Jan 11, 2012

Dr. Richard McGlaughlin was level at 9,500 feet msl when the engine stopped, freezing the propeller over warm Atlantic Ocean water near the island of Andros, Bahamas. Accounts of the successful deployment of the Cirrus SR22's parachute, and the Coast Guard rescue of McGlaughlin and his daughter, Elaine, 25, drew national attention. McGlaughlin recounted part of his experience on the AOPA Forums.