Evan Krueger, June 30th, 2009
Last Saturday, I got my first taste of vintage aircraft. My neighbor invited me to his friends house to take a ride in his North American AT-6 Texan. I wasn't quite sure what it was at the time, but of course I said yes. When we arrive at his home (he lives in an airport community) my jaw immediately drops at the sight of his hangar. Inside of it was not one but two aircraft! I was amazed that people could afford to do that (own more than one aircraft).
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Steve Tupper, June 29th, 2009
If you ask SSgt Jason Bireley what he does for a living, he might say that he lies on his belly and passes gas. SSgt Bireley doesn’t give me the impression of a guy who’d actually put it that way, but it’s true in a sense. Read More >>
Steve Tupper, June 15th, 2009
When you get into aviation, it creeps into your blood and every part of you is somehow influenced by it. If you’ve ever spelled your name for a restaurant reservation using the phonetic alphabet, you know what I mean. Read More >>
FrancoisD, May 29th, 2009
Here's an interesting little movie by a fellow pilot landing at my 'home' airfield, Altiport de Méribel (LFKX).
He first flies over the runway to announce his arrival, then heads east towards Courchevel, turning north, west and then south again on final.
You'll notice how difficult the short runway is to spot. Actually the fairway of the golf course running down from the runway is a good indicator to line up with the runway. Read More >>
A Pilot's Story movie, May 27th, 2009
First, we'd like to apologize for the infrequent blog entries. Will and I have been on the road quite a bit filming exciting content for the upcoming film, A Pilot's Story. Read More >>
Steve Tupper, May 26th, 2009
It’s been something like 18 months since I completed what I consider to be my “core” training. By that, I mean the private pilot certificate and the instrument rating. The certificate and rating that make aviation practical and fun and give you the best initial set of capabilities. Read More >>
FrancoisD, May 21st, 2009
.... from US Homeland Security paranoia, no less!
Yes, you know me from posting about flight simulator topics, but real aviation is also close to my heart, and more in specific the history of it, old planes and old airfields. Here's a story you have to hear if you have any fuel running through your veines..... and why else would you read an AOPA blog !!?? Read More >>
Steve Tupper, May 18th, 2009
For many of us, the initial thrill of aviation came from military aviation as it was portrayed in the movies and on television. Read More >>
BrentR, May 14th, 2009
On April 20th, I had to do a night operation in order to complete my training. I needed to do ten total takeoffs and landings at night as the sole manipulator of the flight controls. I first did eight takeoffs and landings with my instructor at my home airport. I completed the task without problems and then did the next two takeoffs and landings on a different night and at a different destination. I was required to fly at least 100nm roundtrip at night to move on with the training, so I flew from Independence State Airport (7S5) to Portland International Airport (PDX).
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AndrewS, April 28th, 2009
It has happened again.
An evil-doer private pilot and his co-conspirator wife took an always-dangerous single engine Cessna and flew it right near, gasp, some monument in DC. This resulted in a miltary response with F16s escorting the pilot out of the area. Innocent pilots have been caught numerous times flying into the Capitol's restricted airspace. It has always been accidental. No any actual terrorist has been caught. Face it, the only people terrorized in these incidents are the wayward pilots themselves. There could be a terrible mistake one day and the government will have to answer for it. Read More >>