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Why I fly

I was asked the other day, Why do I fly those little planes anyway? They asked wouldn’t I rather ride in a big airliner, Or use my...

My first passenger flight experience

After you earn your license, there’s a feeling of freedom. You’re officially allowed to soar the skies without the permission of your CFI.  With...

5 steps to ensure a happy family flight

General aviation (GA) created two more days of vacation, relaxation and memories. In my opinion, the only option for making the 600+ mile journey feasible in a week’s time was by air. Yes, GA can be a realistic, cost-effective travel tool and I live it. It begins with a good plan and the right expectations.

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,...

A cross-country gone awry

Contributor David Booth shares a story of an eventful cross-country flight in a Robinson R44 as a student pilot in Melbourne, Australia - Ed. -- It all started...

Reaching New Heights

Ten days before my eighteenth birthday, I experienced the thrill of a lifetime ... Standing by the hangar alone, with not another participant in sight,...

Was this really the day?

  When I accomplished my solo, the wind was a direct crosswind at 10 knots - maybe a little much for my first solo. I...
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Learning to learn (again)

Our flight school attracts students from all walks of life.  From the younger college-age students enrolled in the University of Cincinnati Clermont College Aviation...

Share your aviation adventure with us

Sporty’s StudentPilotNews welcomes you to share your aviation adventures. Did you just complete a memorable first solo or checkride?  Did you experience one of those...

A flight jacket tells a story

On a blustery, cold morning, back before I knew what lift was, a short freckled face kid strolled into the local airport to take...
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