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Resuming the Journey: Short- and soft-field takeoffs, Alaska style

Article | Jun 12, 2012

Can short- and soft-field practice at a 5,200-foot pave runway prepare this pilot for operating on a 1,700-foot grass runway, with the last 500 feet sloping downhill at a 15-percent grade?

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2012

Gyro or fixed-wing? Flying cars progress in the Netherlands, U.S. If flying cars become a reality, drivers will have to become certificated pilots.

Couple launches life together in hot air balloon

Article | May 10, 2012

Matt Deskiewicz had been planning for months with an engagement ring in hand, but had to wait for better weather. With a lift from pilot Patrick Smith, Deskiewicz took a knee in a gondola gliding through the sky over Frederick, Md., on May 6 and popped the question.

Answers for Pilots: Canada! Survival in the Wilderness

Article | May 01, 2012

The arrival of spring means it may be time to enjoy a trip to Canada’s great outdoors. Our northern neighbor’s unspoiled wilderness, magnificent mountains, and scenic lakes beckon hikers, hunters, and fisherman each year. Canada is aviation-friendly and there’s no better way to see the country than by air. However, since much of Canada is wilderness area, Canadian Aviation Regulations require pilots to carry survival equipment for many flights. Find out if your trip requires specific gear with lists of recommended survival gear by season and area.

Clear skies, smiles as Sun 'n Fun prepares for opening day

Article | Mar 26, 2012

Mike Porter paused in mid-sentence and cocked his head, listening to the distinctive sound of a radial engine overhead. A veteran restorer of Stearman biplanes, Porter explained apologetically that radials always make his ears perk up. There was a lot of that going around as aircraft converged on Lakeland, Fla., for Sun 'n Fun.

A big no-show: The mild whimper of 2011-2012

Article | Feb 23, 2012

Whatever your take on the news - and whether or not you ever needed a preheat before flying this winter - start planning your spring aviating, because if spring hasn't reached your area yet, it's now safe to predict that it's just around the corner.

Fly like a fighter: Cheers to the man on the mic

Fly like a fighter | Feb 16, 2012

In early spring our squadron in Germany was sending 12 F-15s to Denmark to participate in a NATO flying exercise. The weather was overcast over Europe, and the forecast in Denmark was for low ceilings, poor visibility, and rain throughout the day. We scheduled three launches of four F-15s each spread apart by 20 minutes. I launched with the second group of four.

Reality check: New TV series seeks ‘bush pilot’

Article | Nov 30, 2011

When is someone going to search for a rugged, outdoorsy general aviation pilot to play a part in a TV reality show? Someone has. You may be just the pilot the casting crew is looking for, and you might even get to fly an airplane on TV.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2011

NextGen and AIP funding, but no user fees, in president’s new budget The White House budget avoids user fees, provides funding to advance NextGen modernization, and sets aside money for improvement projects at GA airports. “Our initial reading indicates that the president has recognized the need to modernize our aviation system while maintaining critical infrastructure—all funded by a tried-and-true system of excise taxes and general fund contributions,” said AOPA President Craig Fuller.

Flying Yellowstone and ‘The Grand’

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2011

Fog and rain left behind by storms that delayed my airline flight the previous evening fill the mountain-ringed bowl of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Adventure by Remos

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

Seven- to 12-foot waves driven by a mid-March storm paused for just an instant above Black Sand Beach north of Shelter Cove, California, before thundering onto the rocky shore. Closer to town, waves exploded against craggy rocks in the town’s prized tidal pools, sending spray 30 feet high and leaving sea life behind to be enjoyed by visitors at low tide.

Fly-Outs: April

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2010

Spring is a great time to knock the rust off and get out to the hangar to begin planning some great fly-outs. From pancake breakfasts to the quintessential $100 hamburger run, and flying into major airshows, April is a great month to get out and fly! For more destinations and events, check out our calendar online.

Member Guide

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2010

Your chance to advance GA In the almost 20 years I have been with AOPA, I have had the pleasure of meeting and talking with many of our members. Consistently, I hear how passionate our members are about flying, and that we share a common concern about the future of general aviation as we know it today.

Postcards: Friday Harbor, Any Day of the Week

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2010

Like a modern-day Brigadoon, the tiny town of Friday Harbor, Washington, rises from the mist off the port side of the Cessna Caravan as the Kenmore Air flight delivers its passengers to this enchanted island. Friday Harbor is the largest town in the San Juan Island archipelago, a 170-island chain in Washington; it’s on San Juan Island, the largest of the islands.

Answers for Pilots: Spring Allergies

Article | Apr 01, 2010

Trees budding, temperatures rising, sunshine stretching into the evening - it must be Spring! It's great being on this side of the summer solstice, enjoying the opportunity to be outdoors, again, especially when it involves doing some flying after work.

Never Again: Landing on the strip

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2009

“Hey Jim,” the phone call from a good friend and coworker began. “How about we check out the dry lake bed today?” My friend was an accomplished Coast Guard navigator and avionics technician.

GA and the Environment: Appalachian Spring

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2009

Spring has arrived in the craggy, fog-shrouded mountains of North Carolina—but entire hillsides of spruce fir and hemlock trees won’t awaken from their winter rest. Hundreds of acres of trees, already weakened by a long drought, have fallen victim to insects.

Time to renew your TSA security awareness training?

Article | Apr 01, 2009

Spring is in the air, and many of us want to get back into flying or start flying. For a flight instructor, spring begins a busy flying season.