What’s it like to fly a one-of-a-kind, only-one-in-the-world, first original-equipment manufacturer-made aircraft? Senior Editor Al Marsh finds out in this online video of the making of the American Champion Denali Scout, the first FAA-certified aircraft to feature a 210-horsepower Lycoming IO-390 engine. Hot and high? Rough and tumble? No problem.
With its winglets and swept tail, the Flight Design CTLS looks like it’ has just departed the mother ship. It is the leading design in the light sport aircraft market in the United States, and has been for the past six years. Discover why in this online video.
The 2012 Tougher Than a Tornado Husky sweepstakes airplane is destined for great things even after its troubled beginnings—this month the tough little bird enjoyed the wilds of New England, landing at grass strips along the coast of Maine. And our Husky brought a pal—AOPA President Craig Fuller’s own A-1A.
Matt Quy bought a wrecked 1944 Boeing PT–13 Stearman on eBay and discovered a treasure—the aircraft was one of the original trainers used by the Tuskegee Airmen. After three years of restoration and three years flying, Quy finally flew the historic aircraft to the Smithsonian, where it will be a centerpiece of a new museum.
View the entries and action from The Green Flight Challenge, which showcased electric-powered aircraft; see additional photography by Husky pilot and photographer Jim Wark; and meet actor Cuba Gooding Jr., who plays a Tuskegee Airman in the movie Red Tails, which is in theaters in January 2012.