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On this #NationalPearlHarborRemembranceDay we look back on the story of "The Pearl", a blue and yellow Interstate Cadet, that was being flown by instructor Cornelia Fort and her student on the morning of the 1941 attacks.
Pilots rose early to take advantage of fair weather before the typical Honolulu winds kicked up on that Sunday morning, 75 years ago. It was a beautiful day to fly, until fabric-covered airplanes were suddenly in a desperate struggle for survival among hundreds of warplanes converging on Pearl Harbor. As the nation commemorates the anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, we...
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Civilian pilots under fire at Pearl Harbor

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In much of North America, the AirCam by Lockwood is an airplane for two seasons. Its open-air nature exposes pilot and passenger to the elements—and cold, rain, or even snow can make winter flying hurt, even when wearing specialized clothing.

First Look: An all-season AirCam

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One milestone day, three very special airplanes. Country music singer and songwriter, Aaron Tippin, recently watched his son Tom launch into a cool Tennessee sky soloing a few classic machines.

Aaron Tippin's son solos three 1940s classics on 16th birthday

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On AOPALive This Week: What do you get when you cross a classic amphib with modern composite technology? They call it the Gweduck (pronounced gooey-duck), and it brings the beloved Grumman Widgeon into the 21st century. We sit down with Actor Christopher Meloni (Detective Eliot Stabler on “Law and Order – SVU”). He came to flying relatively late in life, but now it’s a very important part of...
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A business born in a dorm room at Western Michigan University College of Aviation has begun to take off. A group of college-aged flying enthusiasts merged their individual talents into a cohesive unit and founded PistonFly, which has three divisions—aerial filming, aircraft marketing, and web design.

College students' PistonFly business takes off

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Happy #FlyingFriday! Whether you are dragging your tail or getting your feet wet this weekend, we hope you can get out there and enjoy your freedom to fly.
On this episode of FlyBy: Watch out Rudolph, you've got some traffic! Check out the swift helicopter action from Noble Mountain Tree Farm that gets your trees to market just in time for the Holidays. We look at a famous giant - the Spruce Goose flying boat. Have some courage, will ya? Sammy Mason sure does when he goes wing walking. How about a lazy stroll down the Mississippi -- in an AirCam!...
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Acres of blueberry, hazelnut, and hop farmland 60 miles from the Pacific Ocean seem an unlikely home for one of aviation’s giants. Take a look at the Spruce Goose and where you can tour the famous machine.

Inside the Spruce Goose

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A 150-knot tandem-seat airplane called Shark that is certified in Europe as an ultralight is coming to the United States as a kit with retractable landing gear. It may be a while before you see many of them in the United States, although a demonstrator has arrived.

Shark swimming slowly to US

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Nope. Couldn't be more breathtaking. : @born2flyalaska
General aviation pilot, Victoria Neuville, chooses the Quiet Technologies Halo in-ear product for her headset, and Mutt Muffs for her dog, Turbo. What gadgets do you pack in your flight bag?

Gear for the mission: General aviation pilot

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Two student pilots who carpooled to the airport are getting ready to head for their respective flight schools. As one student is gathering up his gear, he is surprised to see the other changing from office footwear into a pair of tennis shoes.

Training Tip: An ace instructor

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Who's ready to hop in on this #MooneyMonday? Share your Mooney pics below and tell us where you're taking flight! Thanks to AOPA pilot, Paul P, for sharing.
The FAA issued an emergency order Nov. 21 suspending NavWorx, Inc.’s authorization to manufacture certain models of its ADS600-B universal access transceiver (UAT). The products provide Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out and In capabilities on the 978 MHz frequency.

FAA suspends NavWorx TSO authorization

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On AOPALive This Week: Millions of people celebrate the holiday with a Christmas tree, completely unaware that landing a tree in the living room required some particularly tricky flying. Watch helicopter pilots hoist harvested trees from a steep Oregon mountainside, learning a complex dance in which every second counts. Robert A. "Bob" Hoover was revered as a pilot, mentor, and friend, and...
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Flying gliders is truly a unique experience. Have you thought about glider training? It might be easier than you think.
From all of us at AOPA, we wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving and a great start to the Holiday Season!
In a business where timing is everything, Christmas tree growers in the Pacific Northwest rely heavily on helicopters to perform a six-week aerial ballet choreographed with ground crews to spread joy and happiness to millions of families. For the past 40 years, Noble Mountain Tree Farm pilots have perfected a delicate dance they began in 1976, when the Hustle and the Bump ruled discos and dives.

Helicopter harvest spreads cheer

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