Autumn

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Epic Flights: Coastal Maine in Autumn

Article | Nov 01, 2010

Click the image above to view a slideshow. The scenery is astonishing as soon as you take off from coastal Maine’s Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport—and it only gets better during an evening circumnavigation of Mount Desert Island.

Hangar Talk

Article | Nov 01, 2010

Every pilot who sticks with it long enough encounters those rare moments when all of flying’s myriad variables seem to align. A favorite airplane, a stunning location, perfect weather, and talented friends come together to create unique and unforgettable flying experiences ( “Epic Flights: Coastal Maine in Autumn,”).

'AOPA Pilot' Online

Article | Nov 01, 2010

Epic Flights: Coastal Maine in Autumn What’s it like to cruise smoothly around a beautiful, rugged island in a classic Waco biplane, the wind kissing your cheeks and the rumble of the big radial making music as you fly? Ask Senior Editor Dave Hirschman, who experienced this epic flight around Maine’s Mount Desert Island on a gorgeous autumn afternoon. View this online video and slideshow, which celebrates the freedom flying gives us to enjoy spectacular vistas only general aviation can deliver.

Wx Watch: Fire and ice

Article | Feb 01, 2010

The first round of serious winter snowfall always revs up the heartbeat. Any doubts as to winter’s arrival are banished, and let there be no doubt: The icing season has truly begun in earnest.

Never Again Online: Seeing Sparks

Article | Feb 01, 2010

My journey was nearing an uneventful conclusion—or so I thought. Jacksonville Center handed me off to Orlando Approach and I dialed in and activated the new frequency. I keyed the mike and reported my altitude and receipt of ATIS. Then, just as the controller acknowledged my transmission and began to provide my next clearance, the cockpit suddenly went dark...

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2009

With the kids headed back to school and summer flying adventures fading into warm memories, it’s time to find something new to look forward to. For me, that’s the first-ever AOPA Aviation Summit, set for November 5 through 7 in Tampa, Florida.

Never Again: Hardheaded pilot

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2008

Even though the single-seat Pitts biplane has a tiny cockpit and not much headroom, I make it a point to wear a helmet and parachute whenever I fly one. I take some ribbing from my friends who question my hardheadedness.

Proficient Pilot: Home is where the heart is

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

Barry Schiff has logged more than 27,000 flight hours in 300 types of aircraft. I was a 13-year-old kid when I first stepped onto Clover Field, now known as Santa Monica Airport (SMO).

AOPA Expo 2007

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2007

Connecticut sang her siren song to aviation enthusiasts Manilow sang it best: "Time in New England, took me away...." Nearly 10,000 AOPA members felt the pull of New England for the fifty-second annual AOPA Expo, held on the East Coast for the first time in Hartford, Connecticut. Record-setting temperatures kept the New England fall from showing her magical colors, but record-setting attendance made this time in New England one of the most successful Expos on the East Coast.

One Fall Flight

Article | Sep 01, 2007

Perhaps it was a surfeit of optimism accompanying the warming airs last April; maybe it was lingering too long over the advertising photos of new airplanes in perpetually clear, blue skies. No matter what the cause, you made that fateful utterance, "Dear, how would you like to get away from the kids for a weekend? You know, just the two of us, flying to one of those places you like on the beach, or maybe camping on a little airport." Immediately you heard, "Honey, that sounds wonderful, but the campsite better have room service and I want to be able to look at the scenery on the way.