Video: landing at the legendary St. Barts airport

St. Barthelemy is a beautiful island in the Caribbean, famous for its gorgeous beaches, European style and celebrity guests. But among pilots, the island is famous for its intimidating airport – short, downhill and surrounded by hills on three sides. In this week’s fun flying video, ride along with young pilot Matt Guthmiller as he flies a Bonanza into St. Barts. You’ll see the landing from both inside and outside the cockpit, complete with GPS data and even the pilot’s pulse (watch it go up on short final!).

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John knows how lucky he is to go to work every day at an airport. As Vice President of Sporty’s Pilot Shop’s Catalog Division, he says, “I get to hang around airplanes all the time, flying regularly and testing new products for the catalog.” Coming from an aviation family, John grew up in the back of small airplanes and learned to fly as a teenager. Ever since, he has been hooked on anything with wings and regularly flies a Citabria, a Pilatus PC-12 and a Robinson R44 helicopter. Despite his love of low and slow flight, John says, “I love the challenge of IFR flying in the system. Seeing the runway lights as you break out on approach is a thrill.”