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Port-A-Cool wants you to chill out

Article | Aug 19, 2014

Port-A-Cool is trying to keep things cold with its new Hurricane evaporative cooler.

Pilots invited to help with humanitarian project in Bahamas

Article | Feb 05, 2014

Bahamas Habitat is gathering pilots to fly to the islands Feb. 20 through 23 to work with Bahamas Methodist Habitat on projects ranging from putting up drywall in a medical center to painting the Zion Children’s Home.

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.

Pilots help open children’s home in Bahamas

Article | Jun 27, 2013

Abused or neglected children on Current Island, Eleuthera, in the Bahamas now have a safe place to go—Zion Children’s Home. Two new houses, dedicated June 23, can accommodate eight boys and eight girls, along with a house parent in each.

Weather Curiosity - Flight Preparations

Article | Mar 25, 2013

The Weather Briefing --> The Weather Briefing Check these elements for a good preflight decision BY JACK WILLIAMS (From Flight Training, February 2004.) Imagine that soon after earning your private pilot certificate you're taking a friend -- who knows nothing about aviation -- for an airplane ride. Both of you are belted into a Cessna 152 and you've just started going through the prestart checklist when your friend says, "I thought you have a pilot's license.

Group works to preserve hangar with a history

Article | Feb 21, 2013

A Connecticut aviation museum is raising funds to restore one of the original hangars Glenn Curtiss built on the grounds of a racetrack turned airport, the birthplace of modern helicopters and the Corsair fighter.

Aircraft claims mount in storm's aftermath

Article | Nov 08, 2012

Among the billions of dollars in losses left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy will likely be millions of insured losses to aircraft, with one flooded airport on the Connecticut coast accounting for a large portion of the total.

GA flights help hurricane relief effort

Article | Nov 06, 2012

Pilots from across the country converged on three airports in New York and New Jersey, delivering tens of thousands of donated supplies to a region still reeling from Hurricane Sandy.

East Coast airports recovering from Sandy's wrath

Article | Nov 01, 2012

Airports flooded by storm surge and ravaged by wind were slowly returning to service Nov. 1, though many lighting, communications, and navigation systems remained offline.

Wx apps of the week

Article | Nov 01, 2012

Thanks to the iPhone and iPad, apps have revolutionized the way pilots fly. To that end, AOPA will begin showcasing five aviation-related apps weekly. As those on the East Coast dig out from the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy, this week let's take a look at weather apps.

'Superstorm' Sandy floods East Coast airports

Article | Oct 31, 2012

New York area airports slowly began to reopen as day broke Oct. 31, while Atlantic City, devastated by the wind and flooding of the massive storm Sandy, was preparing for a presidential visit. General aviation airports and aircraft owners across several states were counting losses.

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.

New Orleans aircraft owners seek answers after flood

Article | Sep 06, 2012

Assurances from the city that Lakefront Airport in New Orleans would remain above water as Hurricane Isaac arrived proved too optimistic, and several aircraft were lost as the waters rose.

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.

Volunteer pilots, organizations honored for service

Article | Jul 11, 2012

Pilots who fly in service of others, and the organizations that support work on disaster relief, helping sick children, animal rescue, and many other causes will be honored at a special ceremony in September. The National Aeronautic Association and Air Care Alliance have named the recipients of this year's National Public Benefit Flying Awards.

Pilots sought for SC disaster drill

Article | May 16, 2012

Nonprofit aviation service organization AERObridge is asking pilots in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia to participate in a full-scale hurricane disaster exercise in South Carolina on June 5.

Another Day, Another Island

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

Three minutes after pushing the Cessna Caravan’s power lever forward at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport,
AOPA President Craig Fuller guides the lumbering airplane across the Florida coast and out over the Atlantic Ocean.

Women aviation trailblazers to be honored

Article | Jan 18, 2012

When Women in Aviation International (WAI) honors new inductees into its Pioneer Hall of Fame in Dallas this March, the group will include a historic group of air races, a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), the first professional female aeronautical engineer, and one of the first women airplane mechanics for the Navy.

AOPA Media

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

Where Flying is 'Still Fun' What better way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest than from the cockpit of a de Havilland Beaver? Kenmore Air has been flying Beavers and Twin Otters in the blue skies of Seattle—oh, the rainy skies, too—for more than 60 years. Seattle-ite Jason Paur grew up hearing the hum of those Pratt & Whitneys and gets to fly a Beaver for the first time in our feature story.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

Growing up in the Seattle area, watching Beavers and Otters on floats fly overhead, has long been part of contributor Jason Paur’s life. “It’s great to live in a city where the local airline flies de Havilland floatplanes,” he says.

Pilots:

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

Less than 72 hours after the earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, Cameron King was unloading a Piper Aztec on the ramp at the airport in Port-au-Prince. In the near chaos of the first days, only a few people took notice of King, who looks more like a teenager than a young woman of 23 years.

Rally GA: Flight for Survival

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

A distant whir quickly grows to a roar as a red and blue Piper Aztec buzzes the Cat Island coastline after takeoff, its two 250-horsepower Lycoming IO-540 engines at full power. All conversation stops; necks crane skyward to follow the Aztec's path. It's a signal that the pilot just dropped off food, water, and construction tools at the Arthur's Town Airfield.

Member Guide

Article | Nov 01, 2011

AOPA's Aircraft Financing Program, with financing provided by Bank of America, is a great choice for your next aircraft purchase, refinance, or upgrade. When you decide to buy an airplane, you are faced with many decisions, but AOPA has made one decision easy for you. Trust the AOPA Aircraft Financing Program, where Bank of America has been the sole provider of financing of AOPA members for more than 15 years.

Answers For Pilots: Flying to the Islands

Article | Nov 01, 2011

The Bahamas took a beating in August from Hurricane Irene – said to be the worst storm to hit the islands since the Nassau Hurricane of 1926 – and while some airports sustained flooding and damage, most were restored to service within a couple of days. The airports provided a valuable service to Bahamian residents, as government officials flew to Cat Island, Acklins, Inagua and Long Island to assess the local damage. General aviation played a vital role in bringing food, water, and supplies to many who suffered tremendous loss. Organizations such as Bahamas Habitat responded quickly with disaster relief airlifts, then followed up with longer-term restorative efforts in the islands.