Best photos of 2021 – AOPA

Mike fizer

Inside the envelope, Patrick Smith shows how he controls the bag upstream by checking the control lines and the parachute valve, the 25-foot bull’s-eye at the top of the ball. This valve can be used to help control the ball in a strong gust of wind.

Instructor Tom Sullivan and ASI Executive Director Richard McSpadden fly a Beech 18 to Crane Lake in northern Minnesota to practice some nautical operations.Campbells Cabin & Air ServicesCrane Lake, MN USA

A 1954 Beech 18 on floats, resplendent in white with navy blue trim, splashes at Crane Lake, Minnesota, the site of Scott’s Resort Seaplane Base.

Ray Reher, a volunteer pilot for Flights for Life, takes delivery of blood for delivery in his Phoenix Mooney Encore in Flagstaff, AZ. Deer Valley Airport (DVT) Phoenix, AZ USA

Volunteer pilot Ray Reher loads a box of blood products into his Mooney Ovation, bound for Flagstaff, Arizona.

There is a big difference between the Pilatus PC-12 that Howley owned before upgrading to his Phenom 300E.  As it turns out, the aircraft is the same as the 'AOPA Pilot' Turbine Edition reviewed in the May 2020 issue. The aerial photo was taken east of Melbourne International Airport in Florida, home of the Embraer's Executive Jet division.

Joe Howley, Founder and Chairman of Patient Airlift Services (PALS), flies a Phenom 300E east of Melbourne Flordia International Airport, home of Embraer’s Executive Jet division.

Dave Powell flies his Cessna 170B on one of five airstrips located at Bank's Ranch in the Ozark Mountains, northwest Arkansas. Bentonville Municipal Airport (KVBT) Bentonville, AR USA

Dave Powell flies his Cessna 170B on one of five airstrips located at Bank’s Ranch in the Ozark Mountains, northwest Arkansas.

David Tulis

Writer and light sports pilot Jacqueline Ruiz poses near a poster promoting the world's premier Latinas in Aviation festival that featured 15 of Ruiz's 22 pioneer Hispanic women featured in the 2020 book,

Writer and light sports pilot Jacqueline Ruiz poses near a poster promoting the world’s premier Latinas in Aviation festival which featured 15 of the 22 pioneer Hispanic women Ruiz featured in the 2020 book Latinas in aviation.

Ben Templeton, 18, flies a Piper J-3 Cub in 48 states to educate young people about aviation careers and opportunities.  Photo by David Tulis.

Ben Templeton, 18, flew a Piper J-3 Cub in 48 states to educate young people about aviation careers and opportunities.

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Evan Coyle shows Evelyn Farrell, 5, around the cockpit of a Boeing Apache AH-64E attack helicopter on display at Boeing Plaza during EAA AirVenture.  Photo by David Tulis.

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Evan Cole shows Evelyn Farrell, 5, around the cockpit of a Boeing Apache AH-64E attack helicopter on display at the Boeing Plaza during the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Pilots to the Rescue founder Michael Schneider balances the roles of pilot, loader, and animal wrestler.  Photo by David Tulis.

Michael Schneider loads kittens into his Piper Turbo Saratoga SP. Later that week, he sent a personal best 51 cats and kittens to adoption centers in the Northeast.

The West Virginia Appalachians flank a Cirrus Vision Jet G2 + capable of cruising at an actual speed of 305 knots.  Photo by David Tulis.

Tom Haines, senior vice president of media, communications and outreach at AOPA, flight tests Cirrus Aircraft’s latest upgrade to the SF50 Vision Jet over the rolling West Virginia landscape.

Chris Rose

Fly with dogs.

Maverick, a 6 year old golden retriever who loves to fly, poses in front of owner / best friend Andrew McNamara’s Piper Super Cub.

Lengthening at home.

AOPA Editor-in-Chief Dave Hirschman and his brother Harry fly over the country from Las Vegas to Maryland in a Lockwood AirCam at sunrise.

The two friends plan to coordinate the transatlantic part of their flights, but they will go their separate ways after Iceland.

Shinji Maeda, the self-described one-eyed pilot who flew around the world for 43 days in a 1963 Beechcraft Bonanza, flies in formation with his mentor and boating buddy Adrian Eichhorn.

The Gull was supposed to be Italy's answer to the Grumman Widgeon, an iconic seaplane that proved successful in military service during World War II and commercial operations thereafter.

A Grumman Super Widgeon and a Piaggio Gull compete in a series of performance competitions, including a full-scale drag race.

photos to support the pre-shoot of the Casper Wyoming regional event

A North American T-6 Texan drives off a snow-covered ramp at Casper Natrona County International Airport in Wyoming.

Overview

Dave Hirschman, editor-in-chief of AOPA, flies the King Cub, a Piper Super Cub equipped with a 210 horsepower Lycoming IO-390 engine. Photo by Chris Rose.

Stay tuned for more exciting stories and stunning visuals in 2022. Happy New Year!


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