Flying is about lift and thrust, weight and drag. But as Trent Palmer shows in this amazing video, flying is also about gaining a new perspective on the world and enjoying life. After watching these three taildraggers fly around a mountain at sunset, we think you'll agree that, "life is too short to eat dessert last."
The Cirrus SR22 is the best-selling piston airplane in America, and this video shows why. The airplane is fun to fly, fast, and loaded with technology. Ride along as an experienced pilot gets his first left seat time in this amazing airplane, including some actual IFR time and some avionics programming time.
When you hear seaplane you might think of a Piper Cub on floats. On the other end of the spectrum is the massive Martin Mars, a 90,000 lb. flying boat with a wingspan of 200 feet. Incredibly, this World War II vintage airplane is still flying, and in this video you'll get to ride along as a dedicated team of pilots and mechanics flies the airplane into EAA Oshkosh. It's a unique way to arrive at the world's largest fly-in.
Learning to fly an airplane is intimidating for new pilots, but learning to hover a helicopter can seem like a truly impossible task. As this video shows, though, that's not the case at all. Once you understand the aerodynamics, it's just a matter of keeping everything balanced. Ride along on this first lesson to see what it's like to fly an Enstrom helicopter.
You could fly from Alaska to South America in less than a day with an airline ticket. But what fun would that be? In this video, ride along as an adventurous pilot begins the journey of a lifetime: flying a Piper Super Cub from Alaska all the way to Patagonia.
The Icon A5 is a different kind of airplane. Instead of focusing on speed, range, and payload, it focuses on fun. As an amphibious Light Sport Airplane, it's as comfortable with jet skis and boats as other airplanes. In this video, ride along as one pilot gets a demo flight around Miami in the sleek seaplane, beaching on quiet islands and flying over blue-green water.
The Grand Canyon is a great place to fly over in a general aviation aircraft, but how about landing in the Grand Canyon? Ride along with Matt Guthmiller in this video to see the Southwest United States from multiple aircraft, including a flight in a Robinson helicopter. It's further proof that general aviation offers freedom you can't find anywhere else.
Flying a jet might seem impossible to a student pilot, but step into the cockpit of this Cessna Citation Mustang and you might be surprised at how much is the same. The G1000 avionics are a lot like what you'd find in a 172, and the basics of flying remain the same. Ride along as this Cessna 210 pilot makes his first landing in a jet and see it all from the cockpit.
Learning to fly aerobatics is a lot of fun, but it also makes your everyday flying skills sharper. Ride along with an experienced pilot as he flies his very first aerobatics routine solo, including loops and rolls. Besides the fun view out the window, you'll hear his pre-maneuver checklist and learn what he's focusing on as he flies each one.
Trent Palmer makes some of the most amazing flying videos anywhere, usually involving bush planes with big tires - and rarely involving paved runways. What most people don't know is that Trent was initially terrified of flying. Watch this video to learn how he conquered his fears, and of course see some great backcountry flying.