Best photos of 2021 – AOPA
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.
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.
Volunteer pilot Ray Reher loads a box of blood products into his Mooney Ovation, bound for Flagstaff, Arizona.
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.
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, 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 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.
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.
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.
Maverick, a 6 year old golden retriever who loves to fly, poses in front of owner / best friend Andrew McNamara’s Piper Super Cub.
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.
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.
A Grumman Super Widgeon and a Piaggio Gull compete in a series of performance competitions, including a full-scale drag race.
A North American T-6 Texan drives off a snow-covered ramp at Casper Natrona County International Airport in Wyoming.
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!