Video: sunset flight over Martha’s Vineyard

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.

Flight maneuver spotlight: emergency approach and landing

You need to react thoughtfully and quickly in the event the engine quits or you experience an unexpected loss of power. This week's tip covers a series of memory items to complete to try to restart the engine, and then what to do if a forced landing becomes necessary.

Video: Hudson River Corridor flight

It's a flight that almost seems impossible to pilots from outside the US: you can fly a general aviation airplane right down the New York skyline, VFR, with no flight plan. Definitely a bucket list flight for any pilot. In this video, you can see the spectacular views and hear the busy communications as a Cirrus flies down the Hudson River Corridor. It's not as hard as you might think, but some preparation certainly does help.

Webinar video: how to pass your check ride

The check ride is the culmination of months of work, when you get to show an FAA designated examiner all that you've learned - and hopefully end up as a certificated pilot. But the check ride can also be stressful, so preparing for it only makes sense. In this fascinating webinar recording, you'll hear from Jason Blair, an examiner with years of experience conducting check rides. He offers tips about how to prepare for the big day, what the examiner is looking for, and why a few small mistakes doesn't have to ruin your whole day.

Ten Essential Products for the Beginning Student Pilot

You’ve made the leap and proclaimed “I want to learn to fly.”  Now what?  Besides the obvious aircraft, what else does one need to...

Updated Private and Commercial Airman Certification Standards

Effective June 12, 2017 - Sporty's Learn to Fly Course updated   FAA recently announced changes to the evaluation standards for slow flight and certain stall...

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,...

Video: pilot’s-eye-view of a P-51 flight

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.
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Quiz: Basic Aircraft Aerodynamics

As much as it seems sometimes that airplanes fly by magic, it's important for every pilot to understand at least the basic fundamentals of...

Video: landing on the dirt at Mineral Canyon, Utah

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.