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Microsoft's release of an all-new flight simulator this month is creating quite a buzz among gamers and flight simulator enthusiasts, but also among pilots. The latest edition of this long-running franchise features stunning graphics, realistic weather, and a variety of general aviation airplanes. Is it fun? Can you use it during flight training? In this video, an experienced pilot and MSFS beta tester shares his thoughts.
Flying is freedom, but landing where there are no runways is another level of freedom. Ride along with three pilots in this incredible video as they land their taildraggers on gravel bars in a river. It takes skill and practice (watch the intro to learn why), but when done safely this is fun flying at its very best.
The F-22 Raptor seems to defy physics, with the speed of a modern supersonic fighter but the maneuverability of a light airplane. This new video shows you the F-22 in action, from both inside and outside the cockpit. You'll see the incredible vertical climb, the 9G turns, and the thrust vectoring nozzles. It's quite a show.
EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh may be canceled this year, but you can still see airshow legend Patty Wagstaff in action. This incredible 360-degree video allows you to look around and experience first hand aerobatics along the runway in St. Augustine, Florida. Patty even narrates the routine, so you can hear what she's thinking about as she loops and rolls through the sky.
As a pilot, jumping out of a perfectly good airplane might seem crazy, but JP Schulze says it actually helps you be a better pilot. Go skydiving with JP in this video to see what it's like to free fall, complete with some awesome 360-degree video segments. Fun or scary? You decide.
The Space Shuttle might seem like a very powerful machine, but for the return leg of its voyage it was nothing more than a glider. In this heart-pounding video, you'll ride along with astronauts as they guide the 165,000 lb. glider to a safe landing. Watch the heads-up display to see the surprisingly high airspeed and sink rate, as they start the flare from 1000 feet. But just like in a Schweizer or a Skyhawk, precise flying leads to a smooth touchdown.
We all have our own personal pilot projects, goals we are working towards in our flying careers. Maybe it's something momentous like a first solo or a checkride, or maybe it's something simple like a new airport to visit or a long cross-country to plan. At Sporty's, we want to celebrate the pilot projects in the aviation community. Here's how.
There are almost as many aviation jobs as there are pilots. In this video, you'll see a typical day in the life of a pilot flying a Cessna 206, carrying skydivers over beautiful Saint Martin. It's definitely not the typical point A to point B flight, but it's still a lot of fun. Just remember the door is off.
Short and soft field operations might seem academic when you're learning in a Skyhawk on a 6,000 foot long runway. But for some pilots these types of landings are part of the job. Fly along with two professional bush pilots in this video, as they take their Kodiak into a remote mountain runway. On speed and on glide path is the only way to fly here.
As we get older, most of us get worse at being a student—no matter what the subject. After all, you’re used to being the expert. So if you’re considering learning to fly after your 40th birthday (or your 60th—you really aren’t too old to start), remember these tips.