landings

Quiz: Landing Techniques

While it may be true that any landing you can walk away from is a good landing, there is certainly something to be said...

Video: Pilatus landing at Courchevel

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.

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...

360 degree video: aerobatics with Sean D. Tucker

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.

Flight maneuver spotlight: crosswind takeoff

Welcome to the latest edition of the Flight Maneuver Spotlight series. Here we'll highlight the various maneuvers you'll practice during your flight training and be expected to demonstrate during your private pilot checkride. Each maneuver includes step-by-step instructions, performance standards and common errors. Study them while on the ground or print them for quick reference in the airplane.

Video: flying the incredible DoubleEnder

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.

Top 5 questions and answers for flying with youth

We’ve all been there.  After many months, or possibly years, of hard work, you’ve finally received your pilot’s license.  Inevitably, you will want to...

Video: how to use an iPad on an IFR flight

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.
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Quiz: Reading Pilot Weather Reports

Aviation weather reports are simply conditions in the atmosphere that are observed at a specific time. These reports create a snapshot for pilots to...

Video: flying to the Bahamas in a Cessna 172

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.