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Father, son fly 'ultimate cross country'

Article | Jul 10, 2014

At some point, Rodney Bowers recalled, “somebody called it ‘the ultimate cross-country’” and the name stuck.

Pilot retracing ‘Flight of Passage’ journey

Article | Jun 25, 2014

Chris and April Nesin are flying across the United States in the same 1949 Piper PA-11 that teenagers Kern and Rinker Buck flew across the country in 1966. Rinker Buck later penned the memoir “Flight of Passage” about the journey.

Technology: Who's seeing whom?

Pilot Magazine | Jun 05, 2014

“There’s no traffic displaying ahead of me on the iPad—nothing at all—and all of a sudden, there’s an airplane right in front of me.”

Cranberry country

Article | Jun 04, 2014

Lifting external loads that can represent nearly a quarter of a helicopter's total weight is a tricky mission that requires pilots with special skills.

Homebuilders win tax exemption in Kansas

Advocacy | May 22, 2014

Kansas has passed AOPA-backed legislation to exempt amateur-built aircraft from property and ad valorem taxes.

IFR Fix: Weather so bad, it's good

IFR Fix | May 20, 2014

If your favorite instructor hasn’t already called to see if you want to add to your actual-IMC experience, reach out.

Letters: Time Traveler

Pilot Magazine | May 14, 2014

A beautifully written article on a beautiful Beech 18 on floats garnered a lot of fan mail from our members.

Training Tip: Headed for the heartland

Article | May 09, 2014

The short, chilly days of winter flying are over as you launch a spring project to complete the cross-country requirements for your private pilot certificate.

Training Tip: The fly-in factor

Article | Apr 11, 2014

Applying your aeronautical “book knowledge” is one way events like the AOPA Regional Fly-Ins can raise your experience level and whet your appetite for aviation.

Sticking around San Marcos? There's a lot to do

Article | Apr 07, 2014

If you're planning to spend some time in San Marcos, Texas, for AOPA's regional fly-in, these suggestions may inspire you to get to know the city a little better.

Membership News & Notes: AOPA supports Able Flight

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

AOPA President Mark Baker presented an $8,000 check to Able Flight Executive Director Charles Stites to help the organization with its efforts to offer free flight training to the disabled.

Pilots invited to help with humanitarian project in Bahamas

Article | Feb 05, 2014

Bahamas Habitat is gathering pilots to fly to the islands Feb. 20 through 23 to work with Bahamas Methodist Habitat on projects ranging from putting up drywall in a medical center to painting the Zion Children’s Home.

Weather Watch: Wind wise

Pilot Magazine | Jan 22, 2014

Well, we’re coming out of the depths of winter, and staring March in the face. For pilots—and, well, just about everybody else—thoughts now turn to the strong winds so characteristic of the colder months, and especially the transition from winter to spring. What do we need to know to be wind wise about this time of year?

Mission to 'Mars'

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Loaded near maximum weight, a flight of two Quest Kodiaks cruised in the Arctic summer sky over vast swaths of barren tundra and sea ice fraught with history.

Wx Watch: A slow-moving IMC-maker

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

I was taking an intensive flight training course earlier this year, and it ended up being a real workout. By this I mean instrument weather for much of the nine hours I flew during the weeklong course.

Staying alive: Survival training for after a ditching

Article | Jun 20, 2013

In the chilly ocean off the Southern California coast, GA pilots learned what it feels like to hit the water in a ditching.

Tornadoes, floods beset the heartland

Article | Jun 03, 2013

The tornado that struck El Reno, west of Oklahoma City, on May 31 tossed aircraft. Meanwhile, Mississippi River flood waters near St. Louis submerged two runways of a GA airport north of the city.

Aircraft maintenance tips: Spring cleaning

Aircraft Maintenance | May 23, 2013

Before you jump back into the air after a long winter and cold spring, it's wise to take some time to prepare your airplane for the busy flying season.