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...
Pre-flight inspection

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...
CFI in cockpit

Tough flight instructors are worth it… most of the time

Tough instructors go beyond FAA standards and deeper than the textbook to teach you things that really matter, in ways that make an indelible impression. Over the years, I’ve had a few right seat companions who deserve the adjective “tough,” but in looking back over those lessons I'm glad I had them.
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