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Clear Prop: New training experiences at AOPA Summit
Earn a tailwheel endorsement, fly a warbird, transition to a glass cockpit aircraft, go up in a hot air balloon, or just get back into flying during AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, Calif., in October. The desert mountain scenery promises to be spectacular, so take advantage of flight training opportunities at nearby Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport. AOPA will be providing free transportation from Palm Springs to Jacqueline Cochran Regional from Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 10, through Saturday, Oct. 13. These flight opportunities, open to AOPA members and nonmembers alike, coincide with Summit, which runs Oct. 11 through 13. This allows you to augment what you are learning in the air with educational and safety seminars on the ground at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The association has lined up a host of aviation experts to lead seminars ranging from technique to navigation. Learn More>>
Women's Flight academy to take off in Texas
For the second year in a row, a Texas designated pilot examiner and her band of volunteers will host a week long academy aimed at helping women to advance in their flight training. Girls in Flight Training (GIFT) will take place Nov. 3 through 9 at Wilbarger County Airport in Vernon, Texas. As was the case when Mary Latimer created the academy in 2011, ground and flight instruction will be provided free of charge. Participants may bring their aircraft or use a Cessna 150 for $50 per hour dry. Free housing is available at the airport on a first-come, first-served basis. Some food will be provided by volunteers, and donations will be accepted. See the website for additional information on participating as a student or volunteer. Read More>>
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Aircraft of the Month
The Breezy is a kitplane designed by Charles Roloff, Carl Unger, and Bob Liposky in 1965. The aircraft has a distinctive look, as it contains no cockpit. The open airplane can seat one pilot and two passengers. The Breezy cruises at 65 mph—a speed that doesn’t seem quite so leisurely when you’re feeling the blast of it in your face. Despite its appearance, the Breezy is not an ultralight. Because of its weight, fuel capacity, and top speed, it falls into the experimental category, like many homebuilt airplanes, and requires registration with the FAA and a pilot certificate to fly. The original Breezy prototype now hangs in the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh, Wis.
Ask a Pilot
How old is too old to begin flying lessons?
Answer: Say “student pilot,” and most people think of a youngster chasing a dream. In reality, today’s fledgling is likely a middle-aged adult who’s not only chasing, but actually fulfilling, a lifelong ambition to be a pilot. The average student pilot today is in his 30s, and the typical active pilot is a decade older. In addition, more than 25 percent of all U.S. pilots with current medical certificates are in their 50s. And some pilots learn to fly after they retire.
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In the Blogs
Here are some recent posts from our Let's Go Flying blogs.
One step closer
By Kristen Seaman
Normally when I start a blog post, the words flow effortlessly off my fingertips and I get lost in telling some funny, scary, or educational story about a recent flight I’ve taken or an event I’ve attended. Today is not the case. In fact, I’m a little surprised I’m still able to form complete sentences and not be passed out in my work chair with coworkers prodding me with pencils to get me out of my vegetative state. You see, today is the day that I passed my written exam. Wait; let me say that with more enthusiasm: I PASSED MY WRITTEN EXAM! Not only did I pass, I received a score of 95 percent! Read More >>
Alien landscape: Flying in southeastern Oregon
By Arty Trost
In late June I had a fabulous flight to the very edge of southeastern Oregon, nearly to the Nevada border. A good friend was throwing a fly-in at his remote high-desert ranch. He has a dirt landing strip and enough space for a dozen or more airplanes. This would be the first long-distance flight in my re-built Talon. Bob Coombs agreed to make the flight with me in his Titan. Read more >>
Genevieve: Taking to the skies
By Genevieve Beaulieu
Hi! My name is Genevieve; I’m 19 years old, majoring in Aviation Management at the Florida Institute of Technology, and currently pursuing my private pilot certificate. I'm so excited to be able to share my experiences with all of you, but before I jump into my flight training and aviation adventures, I feel like I should give a little on my background—hopefully so that if you are thinking of flight training, you’ll be able to know where I come from and say, “Hey, if she can do it, I can do it too!”. Read more >>
Soloing to Napa for some night flying
By Blaine Transue
Tonight I was scheduled to fly my dual night cross-country with my instructor JP. While I had done my first night flight and a number of landings a couple of weeks ago, this was going to be the first time I had to put all of the new cross-country skills I had learned to use during a night flight. The entire route had to cover 2.1 hours so JP and I decided on a route south of our area, leaving from Napa. I would fly south to Modesto, put in a few night landings, and then head north to Rio Vista where I would land a few more times before taking off and heading back to Napa. Simple enough right? Well, first I had to get the airplane to Napa, and we were quickly running out of time. 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.
Wings N' Wheels 2012
Join members of the Blue Bell, Pa., community as they enjoy a day full of wings, wheels, and aviation history, all while supporting a great cause—Angel Flight East. You and your family can stay busy exploring various unique displays, from vintage and military aircraft to sport planes, and from classic cars to exhibits from the Franklin Institute and Elmwood Park Zoo. If all the fun leaves you feeling hungry, you can partake in the wing-tasting contest supported by local restaurants. Proceeds from this event benefit Angel Flight East. Learn more here.
AOPA Aviation Summit Oct 11 through 13
If you are an active pilot or want to get back into flying, AOPA Aviation Summit in sunny Palm Springs, Calif., is the place to be. From the return of the Parade of Planes, a Palm Springs exclusive, to more than 400 exhibits, dozens of aircraft on display, an enhanced education series that uses hands-on demonstrations, and social activities including parties, outdoor adventures, and an after-hours networking lounge, AOPA Aviation Summit offers an experience like no other. View the website to learn more.
Wings and Waves Oct 13 and 14
Trying to figure out how to combine two things that you love: aviation and the beach? Then come on down to beautiful Daytona Beach, Fla., and enjoy an airshow from the comfort of the warm sand. The Wings and Waves Air Show, sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, features the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, the Canadian Snowbirds, aerobatic performer Mike Goulian, and much more! To plan your trip, visit the Wings and Waves website.
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!