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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.