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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Flight for survival

Article | Sep 01, 2011

Looking out over the turquois Caribbean Sea from Cat Island seems like paradise. But look left, right, or inland across the street and it looks as if something exploded. Trees are twisted and uprooted, asphalt washed off the street like tar paper, mattresses and furniture piled in heaps, sides of home collapsed or missing. Hurricane Irene pummeled parts of the Bahamas Islands, and general aviation pilots are working to provide food, water, and shelter to those in need.

Inside Bahamas Habitat’s mobile command center

Article | Sep 01, 2011

Bahamas Habitat mobilizes quickly after natural disaster, as was proven by the organization's leading role in the Haiti relief flights in 2010 that earned the National Aeronautic Association's Outstanding Achievement in Public Benefit Flying award. The group sprang into action just as quickly for the Bahamas Islands in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Helicopters critical to Irene flood relief

Article | Sep 01, 2011

Helicopters - both military and civilian - are proving critical to relief operations in Vermont and upstate New York as the region struggles to recover from devastating flooding spawned by Hurricane Irene, which was downgraded to a tropical storm as it moved through the northeastern states Sunday and Monday, Aug. 28 and 29.

WSI provides Hurricane Irene updates

Article | Aug 24, 2011

Hurricane Irene is currently entering the Bahamas chain, packing sustained winds of 115 mph. This Category 3 hurricane is capable of "devastating damage," according to the National Hurricane Center, and pilots should closely monitor its progress.

Answers for Pilots: Hurricanes

Article | Aug 01, 2011

It's August and we're right in the middle of the Atlantic hurricane season, which officially began in June. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook predicts a 65 percent chance of an above normal season. Of course, while the weather experts can forecast probable activity, they can't predict the location of landfall until the storm track has been established, and even then, storms have been known to deviate from their projected path. So, for those aircraft owners who live on or near the Atlantic coast, the Gulf of Mexico, or the Caribbean Sea, having a hurricane plan for your aircraft is essential.

Member Guide

Article | Aug 01, 2011

2011 sweepstakes—your last chance Be sure your AOPA membership is current as of July 31, 2011, in order to be eligible to win this year’s sweepstakes airplane, a completely refurbished Cessna 182—the Crossover Classic. Increase your chances to win by enrolling in AOPA’s safe, secure, and convenient automatic annual renewal (AAR) program and you’ll receive five additional sweepstakes entries.

Pilots:

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2011

Six teams from the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (NDSDF) traveled to the northeast coast of Japan in March to help find survivors buried in the ruins created by the devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck March 11. The teams of six dogs and their firefighter handlers are a part of the only organization in the United States dedicated to partnering rescued dogs with firefighters to train them to find live victims, conscious or unconscious, in disaster areas.

Never Again:

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

Although it seems ridiculous to an outsider, operating in less than marginal VFR weather is common in the Louisiana oil field. I was in a Cessna 185 amphibian, engine idling, pointed into the 30-plus-knot wind, holding position in the ship channel southeast of New Orleans.

GA Serves America: Above the spill

Article | Nov 01, 2010

Scattered clouds explode like popcorn in the humid dawn air above the Gulf of Mexico. Pilot Gary G.

Hurricane preparations include protecting aircraft

Article | Sep 01, 2010

As residents along the East Coast brace for the arrival of Hurricane Earl, aircraft owners in affected areas should include their aircraft in emergency preparations.

Wx Watch: Eyes on the sky

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

In a lonely, one-story, concrete building some five miles from the Kansas City International Airport, a group of 40 Aviation Weather Center (AWC) meteorologists toil around the clock. Their job: create the weather forecasts, advisories, warnings, and graphics that flight service specialists and the pilot community rely upon for sound preflight information.

Member Guide

Article | Sep 01, 2009

Going to the AME: What’s my class? Every pilot holds an airman medical certificate that’s either valid or invalid. Those of us who actively fly make the pilgrimage to the AME’s office on a regular basis—the frequency depending on the class of medical certificate we hold.

Answers for Pilots: Hurricanes

Article | Aug 01, 2009

June 1 was the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season and activity typically peaks in August. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, a near normal Atlantic hurricane season is expected.

Airshows expect record 2009 attendance

Article | Apr 01, 2009

The airshow industry launched its 2009 season last month with strong attendance at the Florida International AirShow.

Postcards: Down Mexico Way

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

Are you itching for a real flying adventure? Consider taking a flying trip into Mexico. Flying in and out of Mexico is easier than most U.S.

Wx Watch: Icing facts and myths

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2008

Most of us have been around enough wintertime bull sessions to have heard some hair-raising stories of icing encounters. You know, landing with full power.

Pilotage: Second solo

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2008

Mark R. Twombly is a Cessna Citation charter pilot who lives and writes from southwestern Florida.

Wx Watch: Bustin' Caps

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2008

I’ll bet you remember this summertime scenario: The day dawns oppressively humid, with low stratocumulus, maybe some light rain, and perhaps mist or fog in low-lying areas. The temperatures are in the mid-70s, but the dew point matches it.

AOPA Project Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2008

Students and mentors: Just do it Mentor Mike Boudreaux shares his passion for aviation Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Mike Boudreaux realized life is short. So, not long after, he began flight training at the Flight Academy of New Orleans.

America's Airports: In the Conch Republic

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2008

The week leading up to Christmas is a quiet time in Key West, Florida. “The calm before the storm,” Joshua Pavia calls it.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2007

Anyone who has survived a long, complex project like this year's Catch-A-Cardinal refurbishment (see "AOPA's 2007 Catch-A-Cardinal Sweepstakes: Perfect Timing," page 62) knows that there has to be a certain kind of "glue" to help you hang in there when the going gets tough. "For Dan Gryder and me, that glue was music," says AOPA Pilot Technical Editor Julie K.

Hot Shots

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2007

Dawn breaks near Santa Barbara, California. A thick, gray-brown haze rising to 6,000 feet veils the San Rafael Mountains to the northeast.

Member Guide

Article | Sep 01, 2007

AOPA Expo lands in Hartford AOPA Expo 2007, general aviation's premier event, will be held in Hartford, Connecticut, from October 4 through 6 at the Connecticut Convention Center and Hartford-Brainard Airport. This is the annual AOPA Expo's first visit to New England.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2007

I had flown my Avid Flyer experimental aircraft, and my friend had flown his Hurricane experimental ultralight aircraft, to Perris Valley Airport located in Perris, California. After landing on the ultralight flying club's dirt strip, which parallels the airport's hard-surface runway, we enjoyed breakfast at the airport restaurant.