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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.

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.

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.


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.