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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).