Autumn

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The Maine Event

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

The AOPA 2012 Sweepstakes "Tougher Than a Tornado" Husky can seem as out of place at a big airport as a monster truck on the streets of Manhattan. The Husky was designed and built in Wyoming for flying throughout the rugged and expansive West - so what happens if its eventual winner is an East Coast city slicker? Could an airplane optimized for rough, high-altitude airports be useful in other regions where elevations are low, distances are short, and paved airports are plentiful?

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

American Champion’s Scout has caught up to its more-powerful competition with the option for a 210-horsepower engine (“Power Scout,”), allowing the tailwheel bush plane to operate at higher altitudes and use shorter strips. A few things have changed since the article was written last summer.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

As we approach the 2011 holiday season, there is much for which I am grateful and plenty to consider as we prepare for a new year.

Challenges: Powerless flight

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

I had anticipated that my first few moments of unpowered flight might be disconcerting. (The engine failures I've had in single-engine airplanes over the years sure created some anxious moments.) But separating from the towplane 3,000 feet over the heavily forested ridges of the Allegheny Mountains of central Pennsylvania produces just the opposite effect.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2011

“The combination of a Waco Classic radial-engine biplane, sparkling autumn weather, and a whole continent to fly across was like an aviation fantasy,” Senior Editor Dave Hirschman says of the autumn 2010 flight from Maryland to AOPA Aviation Summit in Long Beach, California (“Epic Flight: 88 Magical Aerial Miles”). “Throw in some good friends and talented professionals like John McKenna of the Recreational Aviation Foundation, videographer Jim Clark, and AOPA Photographer Chris Rose and you’ve got the makings of an unforgettable flying adventure.” The highlight of a trip full of spectacular scenes took place above the winding Colorado River where the raging waters carve through the ancient and dramatic western landscape.

Never Again: Post-maintenance surprise

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2011

It was a nice Texas early fall day in 1992. I had received my private pilot certificate the previous year and had about 75 hours as pilot in command.

Out in the cold

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

The PiperSport seemed like the perfect airplane for launching a new flight school designed for sport pilots, and Tim Fleming bought the airplane after a single demo flight. Sleek, sturdy, and roomy, with an expansive bubble canopy and an airframe parachute, the all-metal airplane could attract the youthful, technology-embracing new student pilots that Fleming sought.

GA Serves America: Back to life

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

This past fall, the state of Maine “killed” one of its most pristine, isolated wilderness trout ponds in order to save it. Seaplanes (and two Black Hawk helicopters) played a necessary, vital support role in making it possible.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2011

I can’t think of enough superlatives to describe the astonishing scenery and the gorgeous airplane photography gracing Dave Hirschman’s November 2010 article, “Epic Flights: Coastal Maine in Autumn” in AOPA Pilot. But, I am at a complete loss as to why the front seat of that Waco YMF–5C didn’t have at least one body in it.

Avionics overkill?

Article | Dec 01, 2010

The idea of making a single-seat aerobatic airplane into an IFR platform seemed dubious from the start. My Vans RV–3 is designed for maneuverability, not stability.