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.
Are helicopters impossible to fly? Not really, but they do take practice. In this week's fun flying video, you'll ride along as a brand new pilot learns how to hover both a Robinson R22 and R44 helicopter. From the embarrassing first flight to the physics behind hovering, you'll get an inside look at what rotary wing flight is all about.
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.
Flying isn't just about airplanes and technology; it's also about community and history. In this week's fun flying video, take a step back in time at Lee Bottom Flying Field, a grass strip on the banks of the Ohio River. Every fall, the privately-owned, public-use airport hosts a fly-in for the "extended family" of pilots, with an emphasis on vintage aircraft.
Incredible vistas. Remote grass strips. Towering mountains. If all your time has been logged around busy airports in the lower 48, flying in Alaska may look completely different. In this amazing video, you'll certainly see some very different sights, but you'll also see how much remains the same - pilots are pilots, no matter what the adventure.
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.
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.
On the check ride, it's all about gentle control inputs and straight and level flight. After you have your license, though, aerobatics can be a fun way to expand your skills. In this week's fun flying video, strap into the backseat of a Citabria for some loops, rolls and spins.
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.
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.