Items per page   10 | 25 | 50 | 100
76 to 100 of 127 results

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.

Pilotage: Three days to Vegas

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2009

Mark R. Twombly lives and flies in Southwest Florida, but occasionally has to venture out into the real world.

AOPA Member Guide

Article | Apr 01, 2008

Spring training Baseball players set a good example for general aviation pilots with their spring training routines. Rigorous practice sessions lead to a series of exhibition games—all with the goal of achieving top levels of athletic performance before the season opens.

President's Position: Spring fever

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

Phil and Lois Boyer own and fly a 1977 Cessna Skyhawk. Spring is upon us, and that usually means a significant increase in flying activity for those of us who live and work in four-season climates.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2007

After safely piloting wide-body airliners for decades, it must be quite a blow to the psyche to be told with the flip of a calendar page that you are no longer qualified for such duty. What must that be like, pondered AOPA Pilot Editor in Chief Thomas B.


Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2007

Taming the beast Rick Durden's article explaining the details and what it was like to check out in the North American SNJ/AT-6/Harvard was the best article of its kind I've ever read ("Taming the Beast," March Pilot). He made me feel that I was there in the cockpit with him.

California Flying

Article | Mar 01, 2007

The Borrego Valley Airport near Borrego Springs, located south of Palm Springs and northeast of San Diego, was built for aircraft to supply Cold War government listening posts. After the Cold War ended, the listening posts were closed and Borrego Springs went back to being what it is today: a small town with a year-round population of 3,000 souls — that swells by approximately 2,000 when snowbirds drive down from the north to enjoy the mild winters.

Flying Seasons

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2007

Get your airplane ready for flying after a long winter's nap The yellow trumpetlike daffodils have popped up. Hot-stove hangar flying — those mirthful and informative flying-story sessions seasoned with a shake or two of can-you-top-this and a twist of aw-shucks humility — is slowing down as the days lengthen and the air warms.

AOPA Action in California

Article | May 01, 2006

FAA questions exclusive L.A. County fuel sales A letter by 50 pilots questioning the exclusive right to sell fuel at five airports managed by American Airports Corp.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2006

A T-REX is born Scientists are unleashing a multi-pronged effort to understand the structure and evolution of some of nature's most powerful and mysterious forces: mountain waves. This represents a high-tech follow-on to earlier projects where gutsy glider pilots risked their skins by exploring the waves firsthand (see "In the Lee of Giants," December 2001 Pilot).

Never Again Online: Perils of night VFR

Article | Apr 01, 2006

It was early in March 2005, and I was about halfway through my training for the instrument rating. I had been flying practice instrument approaches under the hood with my flight instructor two or three times a week, and I had reached the point in my training when I needed a break from the intensity of it all.

AOPA 2005 Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2005

Two more upgrades enhance the Commander "N112WN, this is Salt Lake Center. I'm going to need you at 14,000 feet in 30 miles.

New Aircraft

Article | Sep 01, 2005

A prelude to the launch of a new company Spring comes slowly to Quebec. It's two days past the vernal equinox and the snow drifts lining the taxiways at Trois-Rivières (Three Rivers) airport still challenge the wing tips of the Symphony 160 as we motor out to the runway to fly the first production model of the aircraft's latest incarnation.

The High and the Mighty

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2005

This past week I made my annual trip to my local airport, North Las Vegas, to turn in my gate activation cards and receive new ones. The lady at the airport office was her usual friendly self, and she shared a story about a local pilot who came in last week to request a new gate card.

Answers for Pilots

Article | May 01, 2005

Are you ready to take the air Spring means warmer nights, cleaning projects, leaves on the trees, and most important, flying. For those who keep the airplane locked in the hangar all winter, it may mean the first time they've flown in months.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2005

Stabilizing your aircraft's oil system Rip Van Winkle didn't awake from his 20-year nap by jumping up and dancing a jig. He got up slowly and eased into warming up those old joints.

AOPA Action in California

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2005

State can't help Santa Paula What kind of financial aid can water-logged Santa Paula Airport expect from the state? "Nothing," says Division of Aeronautics Chief R. Austin Wiswell.

Scanning for Traffic

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2004

Cirrus Three-Four-Golf, traffic 10 o'clock, five miles, 1,000 below your altitude." "New York...looking...no joy...Three-Four-Golf." "Cirrus Three-Four-Golf, traffic is now two miles, 10 o'clock." "New York...no contact, Three-Four-Golf." "Cirrus Three-Four-Golf, clear of traffic." "New York, we never saw traffic, Three-Four-Golf, roger." We all have difficulty identifying potential conflicting traffic. During some flights we may never see half the traffic called by controllers.

Never Again Online: Muted frequency, muted readback

Article | Mar 01, 2004

A deep low over south-central Texas had settled in to stay for a while. It was bringing saturated Gulf of Mexico air up in a gradual arc across the southern Gulf States to the lower Midwest.

My Retirement

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2004

Most people, having devoted their adult lives to a vocation, look forward to retirement. Seated in the captain's position of the Boeing 777, at the departure gate for London Heathrow International Airport, I had a multitude of thoughts.