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Ten Essential Products for the Beginning Student Pilot

You’ve made the leap and proclaimed “I want to learn to fly.”  Now what?  Besides the obvious aircraft, what else does one need to...

Updated Private and Commercial Airman Certification Standards

Effective June 12, 2017 - Sporty's Learn to Fly Course updated   FAA recently announced changes to the evaluation standards for slow flight and certain stall...

4 options for exercising your freedom to fly

For most people here in the USA, the Fourth of July is a celebration of freedom. While there is nothing wrong with grilling, fireworks,...

Video: pilot’s-eye-view of a P-51 flight

The P-51 Mustang is one of the most famous airplanes ever built, known around the world both for its important role in aviation history and its unique beauty. In this video, you get to ride in the pilot's seat of a stunning P-51C with famed warbird pilot Kermit Weeks. Follow along from the pilot's perspective as he takes off on a grass runway, completes a low pass and returns for landing. Stick and rudder flying? It doesn't get any better than this.
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Quiz: Basic Aircraft Aerodynamics

As much as it seems sometimes that airplanes fly by magic, it's important for every pilot to understand at least the basic fundamentals of...

Video: landing on the dirt at Mineral Canyon, Utah

You've probably heard that general aviation can take you to thousands of places an airliner can't. That's very true, and it's not just limited to paved runways. In this week's fun flying video, you'll see the incredible Mineral Canyon airstrip in Utah. This patch of flat dirt sits next to a river at the bottom of a canyon, and the approach and departure paths are surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Flying is freedom? You bet.

Flight Gear HP iPad Bag video review

A good flight bag makes it easier to protect your expensive aviation gear and keep the cockpit organized, as this video shows. In this Product PIREP, you'll get to see the Flight Gear HP iPad Bag in action, from its various pockets to its unique shape that fits between the seats.
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25 reasons to fly this summer

It's easy to get stuck in a rut, making the same flights time after time. That's not only boring, it's bad for your flying skills. One of the best ways to become a better pilot is to take on new challenges, whether it's a new airplane or a new destination. So with that adventurous spirit in mind, let's consider 25 reasons to get out and go flying this summer.

Video: flying the Cirrus Jet

The Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet is one of the most interesting airplanes to hit the market in years, and it's now fully certified. Ride along with Cirrus pilot Rob Haig in this video as he shows the single engine jet in action. You'll see the pre-flight, takeoff, cruise and some maneuvers, plus get a feel for the Garmin avionics. While flying some big jets is mostly work, this personal jet looks like nothing but fun.

Flight maneuver spotlight: slow flight

Flying an airplane just above the stall speed in the slow flight configuration will teach you a lot about the handling characteristics and controllability at low speeds, which is a critical step in the development of your flying skills during flight training.