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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.

Never Again Online: Sounds of silence

Article | Jul 01, 2007

On the morning of July 16 there was no reason to believe that this day would be any different than others. My first grandson, Luke William Walker, was to be born in Hillsboro, Texas, and it was my wife's and my privilege to fly the airplane from the Chicago area to Texas to be present for that blessed event.

Flying America's Blues Highway

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2007

Americans invented blues music, and it has become our most significant contribution to the music of the world. It was born as a raw expression of hard work and heartbreak in the fertile delta of the Deep South and as the musicians traveled north along what has become known as the Blues Highway, the changing landscape and the differences between rural life and city life changed the music.

Operation Skyhook

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2006

Each arrival into Grider Field in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, is greeted with a slap on the back and a "Hey, how're you doing?" whether old friend or new. But most of these pilots know each other from toeing the hold-short line in their annual fly-in competition at Operation Skyhook, which is evident from the injections of bravado into every well-met welcome.

Guide to Member Services

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2006

AOPA ONLINE Renew your AOPA membership online. It's easy It's a quick and convenient way to renew your AOPA membership.


Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2006

A show of hands here: Who hasn't rolled his eyes when a news anchor attributes an airplane crash to an engine stalling on takeoff? You'll never have to worry about that kind of gaffe coming from CNN's garrulous, infinitely quotable Miles O'Brien because he has connections in high places: flight instructors, airline transport pilots, aeronautical engineers. Those kinds of connections.

Wx Watch: Datalink Lowdown

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2006

Datalink weather has changed cockpit decision making in ways no one could have envisioned a few short years ago. Where before we struggled along in instrument or marginal VFR weather conditions, full of doubt, and unable to make educated tactical weather decisions, now we have a flood of data.

Lead Is Still King - Part II

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2006

The hurricane season of 2005 hammered the U.S. Gulf Coast with unprecedented fury, leaving more than 1,300 dead and thousands homeless.

Wx Watch: FROPA Basics

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2006

You're standing on the ramp, about to climb into your airplane and take off. You notice that the wind has picked up, and your airport's latest AWOS (automated weather observation system) broadcast says that the altimeter setting has just dropped a bit.

Test Pilot

Article | Dec 01, 2005

GENERAL What is meant by "an airplane on a stick"? Has there ever been a biplane produced in the United States with retractable landing gear? The Rotax aircraft engine is becoming increasingly popular with homebuilders and manufacturers of motorgliders and light sport aircraft (LSA). How did Rotax get its name? When the German ace Baron von Richtofen flew behind a Sopwith Camel during World War I and noticed it beginning to pitch sharply nose up, why would he immediately begin shooting to the right of the Camel? (The answer is unrelated to p-factor.) From reader Mark Barchenko: During the early days of jet fighters, American pilots wore G-suits to prevent blackout during high-G maneuvering.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2005

Pilot rescues grandmother from hurricane's aftermath A house without electricity in 95-degree heat and full of 24 other people, some of them sick, is no place for a 79-year-old grandmother who recently suffered two strokes and a heart attack. These were the thoughts bouncing around in Derek Lott's mind.

Hangar Talk

Article | Oct 01, 2005

Everyone knows that VFR and IFR have different sets of rules," says Bruce Landsberg, executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. "But while VFR is always VFR, IFR has elements of both, depending on the conditions." See "Safety Pilot Landmark Accidents: Radar Service Terminated," page 94.

Wx Watch: ADDS Upgrades

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2005

Faithful readers of "Wx Watch" will recall that I've referred to the Aviation Weather Center's (AWC) Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS) Web site many times in the past. ADDS provides many valuable briefing products, and the AWC is constantly improving the site to make it more valuable and cutting edge.

Never Again Online: Hurricane fool

Article | Sep 01, 2005

As an aspiring professional pilot living in southern Florida I had committed myself to building actual instrument time. I flew in the system, had flown several approaches to minimums as pilot in command, and achieved my commercial ticket at a great flight school.


Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2005

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines travels throughout the country in his A36 Bonanza.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2004

Bohannon to try for altitude record in fall Record-holder Bruce Bohannon plans this fall to flog his Exxon Flyin' Tiger to the altitude record he sought at Oshkosh when mechanical problems literally let him down, but not before reaching 45,500 feet. His goal was 50,100 feet.


Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2004

Mark R. Twombly, a writer, editor, and pilot, has a new respect for the forces of nature.

Turbine Pilot

Article | Feb 01, 2004

Trusting your instincts — and the autopilot We were halfway down the ILS in nighttime visual conditions. The wind direction arrow displayed on the Boeing 757's moving map showed that the 50-knot winds aloft were from the right at a 60-degree angle.


Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2003

Mexico's welcome mat is out for GA pilots We inch the power back and start a slow descent over Bahía de los Muertos. My son and I are in Baja California, Mexico, south of La Paz.

Beyond the Flat Earth

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2003

Part of the wonder of flight is exploring the world and its mountains, forests, deserts, and cities from the air. But flying while enveloped in a damp towel of gray prevents you from seeing that world — then the wonder becomes finding your way to the destination merely from a combination of paper charts and six dials on a flat panel.