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Class B airspace and busy international airports may be intimidating for new pilots, but there's no reason general aviation pilots can't use them just like the airlines. In this video, ride along in a Cirrus SR22 as the pilot flies VFR into San Francisco International Airport at night. You'll hear all the communications with Approach and Tower, and see some beautiful views of the Bay Area along the way. With a little training and some good communication skills, flights like this are pretty easy.
Seaplanes aren't just for fun - in Canada they are the only way to reach some remote locations. In this video, you'll fly in one for a series of takeoffs and landings in northern Ontario. Even better, the airplane is a de Havilland Beaver, an iconic bush plane still widely used in Alaska and Canada. Watch the airplane move from plow to "on the step" to takeoff, from both inside and outside the cockpit. And yes, sometimes the only way to dock a seaplane is to paddle your way there.
Flying can take you to some exotic places, but not all of them require a fancy jet and a 1000-mile flight. In this week's fun flying video, Matt Guthmiller and some friends take a Beechcraft Bonanza to the ice runway at Alton Bay. In spite of what you might think, this unique and fun airport is actually in New Hampshire. Fly along as Matt visits this surprisingly busy seasonal airport and enjoys some famous pilot camaraderie.
This is why you practice short field landings! The pilot loads up seven of his friends in a Pilatus, then takes off from his home airport's grass runway (yes, in a 10,000 lb. airplane) and flies to Courchevel, a scenic ski resort in the French Alps. There's a very convenient airport right on the side of the mountain, but it's less than 1,800 feet long and has a stunning 18.6% gradient.
Every year, Sean D. Tucker thrills millions of people with his famous airshow act. From the ground, his loops, rolls and hammerhead stalls look incredible; in the air, it's even better. That's what you'll see in this video, as one lucky Sporty's pilot goes flying with Sean and records the entire flight.
When you hear the phrase "bush plane," a Piper Super Cub or a de Havilland Beaver probably comes to mind. One pilot has a different idea: the DoubleEnder. This utterly unique airplane offers incredible short field performance and stunning cockpit visibility, and even has two engines. Strap into the cockpit for an amazing backcountry flight in this week's fun flying video.
Taking off into a low overcast is a rush for many instrument pilots, as the ground disappears into the mist and clouds. At that point, you have to trust your training and follow the instruments - not the seat of your pants. But new technology makes this a little bit easier. In this video, you'll ride along in the right seat of a Piper Arrow as the pilot shoots an instrument approach in low IFR conditions.
Island hopping in the Caribbean should be on every pilot's bucket list. It's fun, exhilarating and surprisingly easy to do, even in a small airplane. As this video shows, all it takes is a Private Pilot certificate and a Cessna 172.
Ever wished you could fly a fighter jet? Watch this five minute video for a taste of what it's like. You'll ride along for a catapult shot off an aircraft carrier, some high speed formation flying, a few low level passes and finally a landing back on the carrier. Do not try this in your Cessna.
It's one of the most distinctive airplanes ever built, and also one of the most fun. In this week's video, you'll ride along as the AirCam flies across some of the most beautiful places on earth, from remote jungles to quiet lakes.