Marion Cole »

Marion Cole may be the best pilot you've never heard of. Like Jerry Van Dyke and Jim Belushi, the hardest part of his career was making his own way in the profession of a famous older brother, Duane. Thirty thousand hours and 32 logbooks later, Marion talks with AVweb's Joe Godfrey about airshows , competitive aerobatics, and his favorite airplane for cutting ribbons upside down. More

Bob Norris »

After 19 years as a naval aviator, Bob Norris was a month away from getting his own carrier squadron when he was grounded with a rare brain condition. After an operation, paralyzed but energized, he wrote a novel in his head. He's now working on his fourth book in the series, which is about the mindset and the hardware of aerial warfare. In this month's Profile, Bob talks with AVweb's Joe Godfrey about carrier traps, catapults, Tailhook, teamwork and sexism in the service branches, and his latest book, "Fly Off." More

Bobbi Trout »

With the end of 1999 approaching rapidly, we thought we'd share the memories of one of the original 99s. A true living legend, 93-year-old Bobbi Trout remembers when all of aviation could be called "experimental." In this month's Profile, Bobbi talks with AVweb's Joe Godfrey about endurance records, the early Powder Puff Derbies, and other legends like Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh and Pancho Barnes. More

Wayne Handley »

Wayne Handley's 41-year and 25,000-hour flying career has taken him from cropduster to legendary air show performer. Later in January, he'll attempt a world record for time-to-climb in his new Turbo Raven, a unique airplane with more thrust than weight and the ability to use inflight reverse thrust. In this month's Profile, Handley talks with AVweb's Joe Godfrey about learning to fly, naval aviation, crop dusting, the new airplane, and the challenges of travelling the airshow circuit. More

Robert J. Pond »

You might recognize Bob Pond's name from the Rutan-designed "Pond Racer" but he's owner of one of the world's most remarkable aircraft collections, and his love for speedy and graceful machines carries over to classic automobiles, too. In this Profiles interview, Pond shares stories from his 56 years and 20,000+ hours of flying and preserving warbirds, and talks with AVweb's Joe Godfrey about learning to fly, his naval career, preserving the WWII aircraft, and the state-of-the-art warbird he'd like to add to his collection. More

Al Haynes »

Greatness was thrust upon United DC-10 Captain Al Haynes on July 19, 1989, when his #2 engine suffered an uncontained catostrophic failure, causing a loss of all three of the airplane's hydraulic systems. Retired since 1991, he spends about 100 days a year travelling the country making presentations about Flight 232, preparing for emergencies and post-traumatic stress disorder. In this month's Profile Captain Haynes talks to AVweb's Joe Godfrey about flying the line, how Flight 232 changed his life, and umpiring Little League Baseball games. Included is a spellbinding six-and-a-half-minute RealAudio clip of Flight 232 air-to-ground communications. More

Evelyn Bryan Johnson »

Evelyn Johnson has been flying for almost six and a half years. Big deal, you say? It is a big deal when you consider those six and a half years amount to over 56,600 flight hours over 55 years ... and counting. She's a CFI, DFE and airport manager in Morristown, Tenn., who has been sharing her love of flying with students every day for over 50 years. In this month's Profile, Evelyn talks with AVweb's Joe Godfrey about the unique perspective of a woman in aviation about to celebrate her 90th birthday. More

Bill Dana »

Bill Dana has flown a plywood box faster and higher than most of us ever dream of going in an aircraft. As NASA's first official employee, he's had a front row seat for forty-one years watching the evolution of manned and unmanned flight and space exploration. Last year he retired as Chief Engineer of Flight Operations at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, based at Edwards AFB. In this month's Profile, Bill talks to AVweb's Joe Godfrey about the early days of NASA, the X-15, the M2-F series, and what lies ahead for himself and NASA. More

Cecil Ewell »

Cecil Ewell's counting the days until next Christmas. Thet's when he'll celebrate his 60th birthday by retiring as Chief Pilot for American Airlines, a job he's held since 1993. In this month's Profile, AVweb's Joe Godfrey talks with Captain Ewell about his naval career, 25 years flying the line, the pilot sick-out in February, and advice to pilots looking for a job with a major carrier. More

A Pre-AirVenture Interview with Jane Garvey »

On Monday, July 26, AVweb conducted a telephone interview with FAA Administrator Jane Garvey. She'll be at OSH on Sunday, but AVweb wanted to chat with her to help both AirVenture attendees and Mrs. Garvey herself better understand some of the issues facing general aviation, some of the questions she'll be asked and the answers we'll hear. Here's what's on the FAA Administrator's mind today. More