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.
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.
Oshkosh - one word means so much to pilots. But one of the best parts of EAA's AirVenture show is getting there. Flying into KOSH requires pilots to fly a very specific procedure and often land on a runway with two other airplanes. It's challenging and different, but also a lot of fun. In this video, fly along in a Citabria as it lands on runway 27 at Oshkosh, and listen to the rapid-fire controllers.
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.
Island flying is a lot of fun, but that doesn't have to mean just the Bahamas. In this video, three airplanes take off at sunset for a beautiful flight around Martha's Vineyard, which is just 15 miles off the coast of Massachusetts. Watch the sun set over the water and hear the communications between the airplanes as they fly down the shoreline.
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.
Some pilots think flying aerobatics or gliders is the most fun you can have with a pilot certificate. But for others, nothing beats the rush of a well-flown instrument approach to minimums. In this week's video, you'll fly left seat in a Citation CJ1+ jet on an ILS approach all the way to minimums.
This week's fun flying video combines two memorable flights in one. The first is taking your parents for their first flight in a small airplane, which is a fun way to show off your hard-earned pilot skills. Even better is making that first flight in a Cessna 172 to Key West, Florida. The scenic flight over the turquoise waters to an island paradise is a great example of the fun you can have in an airplane.
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.
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.