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Best photos of 2018Best photos of 2018

AOPA photographers showcase the general aviation community with magnificent photography that routinely takes readers to destinations near and far. Join us on a visual journey through 2018 to explore some of their finest moments.

  • Aircraft wrangler and Texan Jimmy Gist orchestrates a Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) demonstration during the 2018 AOPA Fly-In at Missoula, Montana. He is clearly having too much fun. Photo by Mike Fizer.
  • A Kodiak turboprop cruises past massive red rock formations near Moab, Utah, during an AOPA Pilot magazine destinations feature. Photo by Chris Rose.
  • Airshow pilot Randy W. Ball is framed by a MiG-17 jet cockpit during a Fighterjets.com performance at the 2018 Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida. Ball and crew chief Erin Kelley spend about 25 weeks per year on the road. Photo by David Tulis.
  • AOPA Editor at Large and aerobatic pilot Dave Hirschman takes a 1986 Moravian Zlin Z50 LS up over the Delaware Bay. Photo by Chris Rose.
  • Powered paraglider pilot Henry Scott, 13, is airborne over a grass strip as the sun rises behind him in Lovettsville, Virginia. The youngster and his father Jens practiced flight skills together beginning with ground exercises and progressing to powered flight. Photo by David Tulis.
  • Stars fill the night sky above Greenville, Maine, during the annual International Seaplane Fly-In Association event at Moosehead Lake. Photo by Chris Rose.
  • The High Sierra Fly-In at Dead Cow Lakebed in Nevada hosts pilots for a weekend of Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) drag races. Photo by Mike Fizer.
  • Sunlight illuminates the AOPA Sweepstakes Super Cub during a formation flight over the Shenandoah River. AOPA eMedia Director Alyssa Cobb concentrates on formation flying alongside the photo ship pilot Dave Hirschman while AOPA Pilot Information Center Vice President Mike Filucci watches for traffic. Photo by David Tulis.
  • An AOPA Flight Training magazine photo illustration using a mounted deer helps remind pilots to be spring loaded for a go-around if needed. Photo by Chris Rose.
  • Aerobatic performer and Bob Hoover Academy co-founder Sean D. Tucker smiles in the cockpit of the Cessna 152 the Salinas, California, high school uses for training. Tucker had not flown the diminutive model in quite some time, and he had a blast. Photo by David Tulis.
  • Clouds roll past a Beechcraft King Air 350 with a Blackhawk conversion at Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland. Photo by Chris Rose.
  • Massachusetts high school aviation and history teacher Steve Kelley, who is also a private pilot, banks a Boeing 757 full-motion simulator during the AOPA High School Aviation STEM Symposium hosted by UPS in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by David Tulis.
  • Vince Lalomia of Montclair, New Jersey, says he spends more time polishing his immaculate Cessna 170B than he does flying it. His passion for the airplane shows in the mirrorlike finish. Photo by Mike Collins.
  • A Cessna 182T is framed by the mountains of New Zealand. The country is considered by many to be a paradise for general aviation flying with pronounced geographic diversity between the south and the north. Photo by Chris Rose.
  • Sunset reflects off the fuselage of a Vought F4U Corsair during the 2018 Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida. Photo by Mike Collins.
David Tulis

David Tulis

Associate Editor Web/ePilot
AOPA Associate Editor Web/ePilot David Tulis joined AOPA in 2015 and is a seaplane-rated private pilot who enjoys vintage aircraft, aerobatic flying, and photography.
Topics: Aviation Industry

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