Stayce Harris »

Stayce Harris has two jobs and loves them both. She's a first officer flying 747-400s for United, and last February she became the first black woman to command an Air Force Reserve unit when she took over the 729th Airlift Squadron based at March ARB in Riverside, Calif. In this month's Profile, AVweb's Joe Godfrey talks with Stayce about C-141s, 747s, her five years at the Pentagon, role models, heroes, mentoring, and sexism and racism in the pilot community. More

Bob Griffin »

The only time many of us would get an airplane stopped in 300 feet would be to snag a wire on a carrier deck or forget to put the gear down. But Bob Griffin routinely landed his Helio Courier on short and narrow strips in the jungles of South America and the Philippines as part of his missionary work with JAARS the Jungle Aviation And Radio Service and was often met by tribes of headshrinkers ... and we don't mean psychoanalysts. In this month's Profile, AVweb's Joe Godfrey talks with Bob about logging 7,000 hours as a missionary aviator, the history of JAARS, Helio Couriers, and Bob's friend Gordon Baxter. More

William Langewiesche »

Before William Langewiesche could read, he was learning about flying by listening to some of America's best aviation writers talk about it. Those writers included his father Wolfgang, who wrote "Stick and Rudder"; Leighton Collins, who founded and edited "Air Facts"; and Robert Buck, who wrote "The Art of Flying" and "Weather Flying." William learned to read, learned to fly, learned to write, wrote "Inside The Sky: A Meditation on Flight," and now writes for The Atlantic Monthly. In this month's Profile, AVweb's Joe Godfrey talks with William about his father, his recent cover story on the crash of EgyptAir 990, and the kind of flying he likes best storm flying. More

Bob Cardenas »

The Air Force pilots flying the B-2 bombers over Afghanistan weren't born when Bob Cardenas began flight tests on Jack Northrop's Flying Wing in December, 1947. Nor were they born two months earlier when Cardenas flew the B-29 that dropped Chuck Yeager to break the sound barrier. General Cardenas retired from the Air Force in 1973, and someday those B-2 pilots will benefit from the work he is currently doing on Veterans' issues. In this month's Profile, he talks with AVweb's Joe Godfrey about gliders, bombers, flying wings and the wrong stuff in "The Right Stuff." More

Tom Wathen »

When Tom Wathen retired in 1999 as CEO of Pinkerton, he found more time to pursue his lifelong passion for airplanes. Last year he bought FlaBob Airport in Riverside, California home of EAA Chapter 1 and earlier this year he acquired the patents and designs for Glasair and GlaStar. Since the late '50s he has owned 15 airplanes, and has just finished building a replica of Roscoe Turner's LT-14 Meteor. In this month's Profile, AVweb's Joe Godfrey talks with Tom about airplanes, airports, the New Glasair company, and a subject that's on everybody's mind: airport security. More

Rick Cremer »

A decade ago Rick Cremer volunteered to take the FAA's Flight Standards division online. He built the Flight Standards Web page and joined CompuServe's AVSIG. He had been monitoring aviation bulletin boards, newsgroups and forums and could see that FAA needed a way to be able to talk and listen, so he took questions and gave answers until his retirement on June 1, 2001. In this month's Profile, AVweb's Joe Godfrey talks with Rick about what he saw during his 28 years at the FAA. More

Polly Vacher »

If you were planning the ideal trip around the world in your airplane, you would want Jeppesen to help you with flight planning and government paperwork, Shell to provide 100LL and W100 wherever you went, local dignitaries to greet and host you, local media to help you promote general aviation, and to top it all off your trip would raise a lot of money for your favorite charity. That's the trip Polly Vacher took earlier this year. Starting with less than a thousand hours in her logbook, she flew every leg of her 29,000-mile trip as she had planned it, and raised over $200,000 for Flying Scholarships for the Disabled. In this month's Profile, AVweb's Joe Godfrey talks with Polly about her Wings Around the World Solo Challenge. More

Randy Sohn »

If you're lucky enough to win the Wisconsin Powerball lottery during this year's EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh, you might want to add a few warbirds to your collection. Then you'd need someone who knew the systems, the engines and the speeds of each one to teach you how to fly them. That someone might well be Randy Sohn. He learned to fly in an Aeronca Champ on skis, and since then he's flown just about every piston warbird there is. Now he's one of 10 members of the National Designated Pilot Examiner Registry, which is a fancy way of saying he can sign you off in about 60 different vintage airplanes, from a DC-2 to a PBY. When he's not flying, he's a very busy online aviator. In this month's Profile, AVweb's Joe Godfrey talks with Randy about his career, his favorite airplanes, his crusade against old wives tales, and the one skill he wishes he had. More

Steve Hinton »

No doubt you've sat in the dark and eaten popcorn watching Steve Hinton fly and next weekend millions will watch his work as a pilot and aerial coordinator for "Pearl Harbor." Or maybe you've sat in the sun with a hotdog watching him race at Reno. Steve grew up around warbirds at the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, Calif., learned how to fly for the camera from the masters, raced, crashed and won gold at Reno twice. Since 1990, he has flown the T-33 pace plane there to declare "Gentlemen, you have a race." In this month's Profile, AVweb's Joe Godfrey talks with Steve about making "Pearl Harbor," Reno, his B-25 camera platform, restoring warbirds, and flying for the movies. More