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Big city seaplanes

Article | Jul 15, 2014

A seaplane base on the East River turns an hours-long drive from Manhattan to the Hamptons into a brief flight.

Summer vacation flying: Maintenance tips for smooth trips

Aircraft Maintenance | Jul 08, 2014

Any successful cross-country trip requires careful maintenance planning well in advance of the first leg of the trip.

Martha's Vineyard: From Colonial Port to Island Resort

Article | Jun 17, 2014

There is an undeniable appeal to Martha's Vineyard, its villages hugging neat little harbors, farmland lined with rock-pile fences, and centuries-old lighthouses perched above the Atlantic.

Apps help pilots track weather, storms

Apps of the week | Jun 09, 2014

During the summer, pilots need to pay special attention to the season's unique weather changes that can affect flying. Just in time for the Air Safety Institute’s Storm Week, here’s a look at five weather apps.

Training Tip: 'Castles in the air'

Article | May 27, 2014

The clouds’ vertical development has already gone beyond what pilots and meteorologists refer to as “fair weather cumulus” or “summer puffies.”

Top 10 reasons to attend AOPA’s Indy Fly-In

Article | May 21, 2014

AOPA’s second regional fly-in of the year, Indianapolis on May 31, is shaping up to be a grand event with plenty of fun, flying, and food. Check out these top 10 reasons you won’t want to miss the fly-in.

Question of the week: Reading TAFs

Article | Apr 07, 2014

Question: When reading TAFs in the summer months you know you’ll see the term “VCTS” more than you’d like. That means thunderstorms in the vicinity. How is “vicinity” defined?

Bendix/King introduces new Internet connection system

Article | Mar 14, 2014

Bendix/King on March 13 introduced a new system for connecting pilots and passengers to the Web at a cost and weight that is lower than systems available previously.

Weather Watch: Convective coverages

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2014

Whether you believe in global warming or not, here’s a hard fact: the days are getting warmer as we make our way toward summer.

Waypoints: Before the magenta line

Pilot Magazine | Mar 06, 2014

An important anniversary passed in mid-February without fanfare.

Rans to offer new light sport by mid-summer

Article | Jan 24, 2014

Rans Designs has combined the best features of two models to come up with the S-20 Raven kitplane that is soon to be a factory-built light sport aircraft.

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?

Member Profile

Article | Jan 17, 2014

Ever since Sean Patrick Cothran sat in an F-15 Eagle as a 4-year-old at an Atlanta air show, he’s known what he must become — a pilot.

The whales of Baja

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

Dawn casts the barren Pacific coast of the Baja Peninsula in a soft light as we overfly the dusty airstrip at San Ignacio.

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.

Customs cutbacks hitting GA in Fairbanks, Alaska

Article | Nov 05, 2013

AOPA has requested that U.S. Customs and Border Protection reverse new service cutbacks to smaller general aviation aircraft arriving in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Answers for Pilots: Holiday trip planned?

Article | Nov 01, 2013

Reduce your stress and fly safely through the holidays.

Street-legal airplane: A test drive

Article | Oct 04, 2013

The Plane Driven PD-2, a conversion kit for the Glasair Sportsman, offers the capability to "Fly above the traffic... drive through the weather."

Waypoints: An AirVenture unlike any other

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

This summer I attended what is now called EAA AirVenture for the twenty-fourth time—20 in a row.

Young blood

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

At 7 o’clock on a June morning—an hour when many teenagers on summer vacation still would be asleep—eight high school students form an attentive group around a Glasair Aviation employee.

Pilots: Jack Schulte

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

Jack Schulte prefers to fly in summer—and he does so for six months a year. In June, July, and August, he flies a Cessna 182 in the Mountain West from his home at Alpine Airpark in Wyoming.

Visual approach: Summer solstice

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

It’s a week before the summer solstice, and even though it’s 9 p.m., the sun at this far northern latitude is well above the mountains ringing Alaska’s stunning Glacier Bay.

Topics Summer, Weather

Fly Well: Playing the numbers

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Eight: Hours, bottle to throttle. Eighteen: Army recruitment age; constitutional amendment initiating prohibition. Twenty-one: Legal drinking age; constitutional amendment overturning prohibition. Summer is here, and barbecues and beer beckon, so let’s consider a substance capable of causing headaches—alcohol.