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  • September 2015 Big Sky, Mont. can’t exactly be called a tourist town, because it’s not actually a town at all. This unincorporated census-designated place (CDP), halfway between West Yellowstone
  • Last month Pam Busboom explained everything that is needed to make an international flight originating in the United States. In part two, she goes step-by-step on how to fill out all of the online
  • LightHawk volunteer pilots provide the powerful perspective of flight to help conservation experts make better decisions. June 2015- This month we’re diverting from our regular destination
  • It’s more than just a mile from Texarkana, and it’s more than just a relic from the steamboat days. April 2015- The surveyors were off—by a whole 30 miles—but the song is still popular. That song
  • John Purner’s $100 Hamburger guide and website details all of the airport restaurants you absolutely must visit. February 2015- John Purner literally wrote the book on the hundred-dollar
  • February 2005 I met Karl Finatzer in the arrivals hall at Johannesburg International and he promptly took me to an American-styled restaurant where I was expected to consume a T-bone steak the size
  • March 2005 That’s a Lot of Hamburgers . . . When Flyer publisher Jennifer Dellenbusch asked me to write about ten $100 hamburger destinations near where my wife Sara and I live in suburban Wichita,
  • April 2005- Few can deny that being a pilot has privileges. One such privilege is access to remote wilderness areas for all types of recreation, including hunting. Even if you aren’t a hunter and
  • February 2005- On Sept.15, 2004, and again on Sept. 19, 2004, Captain H. James Poel—a 61-year-old retired American Airlines Boeing 777 captain—made the first flights in a reproduction of the 1911
  • December 2014- Visiting pilots can go full-immersion at two of the area's best aviation-themed restaurants, plus so much more. Unless you live in the loosely defined geographical area that
  • November 2014- The Reno Air Races,"The World's Fastest Motorsport,"just completed its 51st year of
  • September 2014- Aviation-themed restaurants are fairly common—the 94th Aero Squadron chain comes to mind—but in Los Angeles you'll find one that's in a class by itself: The Proud Bird, located
  • August 2014- I've been everywhere, man.I've been everywhere, man.Crossed the deserts bare, man.I've breathed the mountain air, man.Of travel I've had my share, man.I've been everywhere.—"I've Been
  • July 2014- This year will mark my 18th year attending the annual AirVenture fly-in in Oshkosh. It is also the 10th anniversary of the Piper Flyer Association (to be celebrated in the August
  • May 2014- Cities large and small often have an event once a year that draws regional or even national attention. Cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles are such icons that visitors trek to
  • December 2005- In the February 2005 issue of Piper Flyer, we did a feature story on a particular historic aviation event that occurred nearly a century earlier in Upstate New York, and a re-creation
  • November 2005- After a long week of work and the first day of beautiful skies, I was able to go flying. When I took off and the tower cleared me for an early turn out from Orange County Airport, I
  • October 2005- AirVenture is not one show, but a hub of many activities going on simultaneously. The EAA group now attracts warbirds, major General Aviation manufacturers, aircraft modifiers,
  • October 2005- I dream in color. Azure blue, coral pink, sunset orange. The silver of clouds when seen with the sun hitting them from above. Tropical fish colors and sea and sky colors. I dream of
  • September 2005- Take 26 General Aviation aircraft, 26 “Type A” personality pilots, 35 high-intensity guests, eight international and Canadian journalists… and what do you have? The Canadian
  • Oshkosh! It is said that all pilots should visit EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport (OSH) in Oshkosh, Wis. at least once in their lives. For me, the idea of flying my own airplane almost
  • September 2005/ Sentimental Journey is an old-fashioned sort of fly-in. It is a gathering of the like-minded more than an exhibition, a sharing of things rather than simply a selling of things. It
  • Since its first event in 1972, the Copperstate Fly-in has been bringing together aviation enthusiasts in the southwest United States. Copperstate is the largest fly-in of its type in the western
  • Have you ever traveled through a town in a hurry and thought to yourself, I ought to come back here sometime when I can stop and smell the roses…? During my NetJets days, flying here and there
  • The 2013 California Pilots Association (CalPilots) annual meeting, “California Dreamin’,” was much bigger and better attended than past CalPilots get-togethers. Jolie Lucas and Mitch Latting are
  • August 2013 Texas Hill Country lies roughly in the geographic center of the state. It’s an area of rolling hills dotted with oak and cypress that includes of all or part of 25 counties. If you
  • July 2013 Over 275 exhibitors come to Alaska, the “flyingest” state in the union.  It was cold when we arrived in Anchorage for the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering—unseasonably so, we were told.
  • June 2005-  Longtime friends Kendyl and Barbara Monroe finally decided to retire, leave New York City and move back home to the family ranch near Clayton, N.M. 10 years ago. All this time the
  • June 2005-  Originally organized in 1974 as a weekend-long event, the annual EAA fly-in at Lakeland, Fla. has continued to grow in size and stature each year since. Known in the industry as Sun ‘n
  • August 2005-  Nestled under the San Francisco Class B airspace, 20 miles south of the downtown area, San Carlos airport of Santa Clara county (SQL) is the closest General Aviation airport to both
  • May 2005-  Imagine a supersonic jet fighter that takes off and lands on water skis. Sounds insane, doesn’t it? You might think so, but the U.S. Navy built and flew four prototypes of Convair’s Sea
  • 05-13 It’s a cool Saturday in March when we arrive in Cambria, Calif. for a weekend visit. We are greeted warmly at the front desk of the Cambria Pines Lodge, but our room is not quite ready. No
  • 04-13 Redheaded Copilot asked me where we should take our 2013 winter vacation. The last couple of years, we’d taken cruises. I suggested it would be adventurous to take our PA-22/20 tube and
  • 03-13 Use the phrase “grand hotel” in a sentence and your listener is likely to conjure up an image of the alabaster structure located on Michigan’s Mackinac Island. The term “grand hotel” is not
  • October 2012   Having had the luxury of flying up in my friend’s Archer, my experience to Oshkosh started off amazingly. Henry Graeber, Greg Kelsoe and I piled into Henry’s Archer and we were off
  • September 2012   Europe is always a popular travel destination. Here’s a unique way to see the sights, including waterfront properties visited by Julius Caesar! We were flying through a high
  • November 2012  The Niagara Falls region of western New York offers some breathtaking scenery including one of the seven natural wonders of North America, Niagara Falls. Recently my wife expressed a
  • August 2012   WHAT MAKES A PERFECT FLY-IN DESTINATION?      Of course, a good on-field restaurant is a great starting point, but going beyond the average hundred-dollar hamburger, it’s nice to
  • July 2012   This spring was a whirlwind of activity as the intrepid PFA staff attended aviation shows as far-flung as Germany and Alaska. Shows are a great way for us to keep in touch with friends
  • June 2012  Challenge Air inspires its passengers using the wonder and beauty of flight At 5:30 a.m. on one particular Saturday last January, our alarm went off—something that doesn’t normally
  • June 2012 As aviators, it seems we are perpetually seeking out new destinations. These achievements—so fastidiously recorded in our logbook—leave us with fond memories. For many of us, navigating
  • June 2012   I perked up last October when Audrey said she was headed to Rhinebeck, N.Y. Rhinebeck! That’s the only place I know of where World War I-vintage airplanes as well as airplanes from the
  • May 2012  Most pilots have a favorite destination, either because it is in a beautiful part of the country, or because of the friends who gather there with you. My preference is Smiley Creek,
  • April 2012   There are many scenic locations along the Northern California coast. One of the most picturesque happens to be an ideal fly-in destination, weather permitting: Half Moon Bay (KHAF).
  • March 2012 Our son and his family typically head south during their vacations, and the trips include places that interest their children—our grandchildren—ages 10 and six. Our daughter-in-law
  • February 2012   The sun was up but the day still pleasant when we made our way onto the Casa Grande Airport ((KCGZ) Casa Grande, Ariz.) grounds for the opening day of the 39th
  • January 2012 How many times have you heard the expression “working in the salt mines”? In reality, probably not that many, but you have likely heard it one time or another. This story is not about
  • December 2012   If you’re a pilot who says you’ve never even dreamed of flying a jet fighter… maybe your nose is growing?   The end of the Cold War in the 1990s brought a sigh of relief to much
  • 01-13   AOPA Aviation Summit 2012 in wonderful Palm Springs, Calif. crept up on us like Santa slithering down the chimney. Jen and I packed up the truck with booth supplies, did a “cat check,” set
  • 01-13 Traveling on Interstate 10 to Casa Grande on my way to the 40th anniversary of the Copperstate Fly-in, I can’t help but wonder what it must have been like 40 years ago. What was the price of
  • January 2005 The National Park Service (NPS) is raising awareness of soundscapes, the sounds of nature that provide the backdrop for those beautiful panoramas and the solitude enjoyed by thousands
  •  October 2004 -     For many people, a weekend visit to a bed-and-breakfast inn provides a wonderful opportunity to decompress from everyday life. And for pilots, an opportunity to combine the B&B
  •  August 2004       Nestled into the soft rolling hills of Upstate New York about halfway between Albany and Binghamton lies the small town of Cooperstown. Settled in the late 18th century,
  •  November 2004 Fifteen years ago I was in Germany on a business trip. My client took me to a small town outside of Bonn named Bad Munster Eiffel. This tiny Bavarian hamlet had a wall around it and
  •  “Pilot Report: Gorgeous!” That’s what I said when closing my flight plan after a two hour air tour during a flying vacation in (and over) Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, two of the premier
  • Talkeetna, Alaska is located north of Anchorage and south of Denali National Park. The town was established in 1919 to be the Engineering Commission Headquarters during the construction of the