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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.

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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.