Live the Dream
17-year-old circles the U.S.
Taylor De Ley of Yorba Linda, Calif., may be only 17, but as he starts his college education he has already focused on a professional pilot career and completed a 10,492-nautical-mile solo flight to the four corners of the nation. He now has 340 total flying hours. He dedicated the flight to giving fellow teens who are “stuck playing video games” a taste of the flying adventure through his reports on Facebook, and through the news reports written about him. You can see a video made by one newspaper here. Read More >>
The GIFT that kept on giving
Mary Latimer wasn't sure how many women would be interested in an intensive, all-female flight training camp. But the response to an AOPA article about the event—which Latimer had dubbed Girls In Flight Training, or GIFT—was overwhelming. Eventually, 18 women from all around the country traveled to Vernon, Texas, in July. The result: two new private pilots, two solos, and four successful knowledge tests. Read More >>
First Steps • Types of Certificates • Time and Cost
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Aircraft of the Month
CAF Red Tail P-51C Mustang
The famed World War II fighter P-51 Mustang commands attention—from pilots and nonpilots alike—wherever it makes an entrance. This year, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will take a restored P-51 to Hartford-Brainard Airport for AOPA Aviation Summit. It’s part of the Red Tail Project, a flying tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen. The aircraft will be on display during Airportfest where pilots can learn about its storied past. The CAF acquired the P-51 in 1970 and began restoring it in 1980 with the Red Tail Project in mind. In addition to participating at Airportfest, the CAF has donated a flight in the P-51 to the AOPA Foundation’s A Night for Flight online auction.
Ask a Pilot
I am interested in eventually flying professionally. Does AOPA have career information?
Answer: You are entering the market at a good time, as forecasts predict an increasing demand for pilots. For information on aviation careers, visit Flight Training magazine’s Career Pilot section. You will find articles on aviation career specialties and personal success stories, as well as a look at who's hiring in the industry. The "Career Advisor" answers questions from aspiring pilots by professionals who are already working in the field. The Career Pilot section on the website addresses everything from career development through turbine aircraft operation. Another great resource is AOPA's Guide to Flying Careers.
Do you have a question about flying? Ask a pilot! Call 800/872-2672 or send an e-mail.
In the Blogs
Here is a recent post from our Let's Go Flying blogs.
Don't Fly Like Darth Vader
By Pat Flannigan
"Never his mind on where he was, what he was doing." That was Yoda's complaint about Darth Vader, and the same can be said about a class of student pilots that I like to call over-analyzers. I've seen it happen at all levels, from the private pilot-to-be all the way up to the new-hire airline trainee. The student knocks it out of the park in ground school, but things go sour once they get to the flying. For the student, I suggest focusing on the big picture. Don't get too wrapped up in all the common mistakes and maneuver standards in the textbook. Read more >>
Aviation Calendar of Events
Airports all across the United States offer weekend activities, from pancake breakfasts and barbecues to car and air shows. Find out what's going on in your area. You can search by city, state, or geographic region.
AOPA Aviation Summit 2011
Be a part of aviation-themed action for all ages and levels of aviation enthusiasm. No matter if you're a student pilot, have had your pilot certificate for decades, or still have your feet firmly planted on the ground but have always kept an eye high in the sky, there is plenty to see and do at AOPA Aviation Summit you can't afford to miss—Airportfest, educational seminars, a 400-booth exhibit hall, learn to fly centers, and evening social events. AOPA Aviation Summit will be held in Hartford, Conn., from September 22 through 24. For more information, visit the AOPA Aviation Summit website.
Can't make it to Hartford? Tune in to AOPA Live!
While thousands of pilots and aviation enthusiasts will be celebrating general aviation at AOPA Aviation Summit 2011, we understand not everyone can make the trip to Hartford, Conn. If you can’t be there in person, you can watch coverage of the show broadcast online through AOPA Live. In the meantime, check out archived videos on the AOPA Live website >>
1940s Hangar Dance/Fundraiser - Addison, Texas
Greatest Generation Aircraft will host their First Annual Hangar Dance fundraiser on Sat., Oct. 1 at Cavanaugh's Flight Museum in Addison from 6 p.m. to midnight. This 1940s-style hangar dance will feature music by Buddy's Big Band! Proceeds will go toward the restoration of a WWII CG-4A Waco Glider and a Vietnam-era A26K, both of which will be the only aircraft of their kind flying in the world. To search for other aviation-related events, visit the AOPA Aviation Calendar of Events>>
Pilots love to take photos, and they love to share them with other pilots. Now you can upload your flying photos to our online gallery, “Air Mail.” Share your special aviation images, or view and rate more than 7,000 photos (and growing). Photos are put into rotation on the AOPA home page!