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Pilot Getaways: Gem of the South Atlantic Coast

Article | Oct 22, 2014

If you wanted to visit Jekyll Island in the early 1900s, you would have been out of luck unless your name appeared on a social registry with the likes of the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and Pulitzers. Now, all are welcome. Consider stopping by while you are in the area for AOPA's St. Simon Fly-In Nov. 8.

Top 10 reasons to come home to Frederick

Article | Sep 23, 2014

A high-adrenaline aerobatic demonstration, warbird rides, and gourmet food trucks are among the highlights of AOPA’s Homecoming Fly-In at Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland Oct. 4.

Sweepstakes 2015: GA Aircraft Reimagined

Pilot Magazine | Sep 08, 2014

Among the many exotic aircraft at the world’s largest airshow, a once-common Cessna 152 trainer at the AOPA tent at AirVenture drew more than its share of curiosity.

Membership News & Notes: ‘Loud and clear,’ says Huerta

Pilot Magazine | Sep 05, 2014

The FAA has sent a proposal to reform the third class medical certification process to the Department of Transportation (USDOT) for review, according to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

Taildraggers to jet fighters, return to GA roots

Article | Sep 03, 2014

School was out, and he hadn’t made the cut for the Pony League baseball team. So in the summer of 1954, Dean Stickell started riding his bicycle to Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland.

Pilot Getaways: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Article | Aug 13, 2014

Coeur d’Alene is a premier resort destination of the inland Northwest. Surrounded by pine-carpeted mountains, Coeur d’Alene Lake has been called one of the five most beautiful lakes in the world by National Geographic. Consider visiting on your way to the AOPA Fly-In in Spokane, Washington, on Aug. 16.

IFR Fix: Careful what you wish for

IFR Fix | Aug 12, 2014

The Skyhawk’s cockpit is sweltering as the pilot monitors the engine oil temperature and waits for the center controller to call.

P&E Weather Watch: ‘Back door’ cold fronts

Pilot Magazine | Aug 08, 2014

When we think of cold fronts we immediately conjure up a number of facts relevant to our flight planning—that they can be angry, fast-moving (say, 50-plus mph across the ground), and violent, packed with severe thunderstorms and the worst turbulence.

Pilots: Helen Cernik, Piston Single Ferry Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Aug 05, 2014

Helen Cernik has made a dozen ocean crossings (nine Atlantic and three Pacific) in single-engine piston aircraft, mostly Cirrus SR22s and SR20s.

Summer vacation flying: Packing for your trip

Aircraft Maintenance | Aug 04, 2014

Before taking off on a trip where you’ll be gone for an extended period of time or flying in remote areas, gather some spare parts and tools to take along in case a maintenance issue arises along the way.

Briefing: Flight for a cause

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

Two pilots from Fairbanks, Alaska, are flying to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh this summer, and they’ve decided to make the journey a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Pfeifer represents AOPA at airport executives' conference

Article | Jul 31, 2014

AOPA Western Pacific Regional Manager John Pfeifer discussed Santa Monica Airport and regional fly-ins at the recent Southwest Chapter American Association of Airport Executives conference.

Airbus Group joins Perlan Project to soar to 90,000 feet

Article | Jul 28, 2014

The Perlan Project announced Airbus Group as a partner in Perlan Mission II, an effort to soar to 90,000 feet and explore the edges of space.

Not your average summer job

Article | Jul 24, 2014

Most teens are spending the summer working, whether it is at the pool, a retail store, or even at the airport or FBO. But 500 students from around the United States are spending their summer interning at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on projects that are on the cutting edge of science and technology.

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.