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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.


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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.