Video: how a drone pilot became a bush pilot

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.

Video: checking out in a T-6

It's one of the most popular trainers of the World War II era, and it has a well-deserved reputation for being the "pilot maker." Join FlightChops as he checks out in the T-6. You'll see the demanding tailwheel airplane from the pilot's view, and see why a good T-6 pilot is always on his toes.

Video: flying a Breezy around Hawaii

Flying anything around Hawaii is memorable, but an open cockpit Breezy makes it utterly unforgettable. This beautiful video takes you along for the ride, soaring over the blue water below and looking up at the cliffs of Kauai. It may not be a Cessna, but it sure is fun - and sandals are encouraged!

Video: flying a 1941 Piper J-3 Cub

The J-3 Cub has a legendary reputation among pilots - it taught thousands to fly in the 1940s, and it's still a fun way to get in the air today. In this video, you'll first fly in a Piper to a beautiful airport with a grass runway (the modern way to fly). Then go flying in a 1941 Cub (the classic way to fly). Oh yeah, the Cub window is open of course!

Video: backcountry flying in Alaska

Alaska offers an endless range of flying adventures, from seaplanes on mountain lakes to taildraggers on gravel riverbeds. In this stunning video, you'll go flying with a group of pilots in a variety of airplanes to see the beauty of the last frontier. It requires skill and practice, but definitely no flight plans or type ratings!

Video: short runway landing by a river

There's no shortage of interesting places to fly in a general aviation airplane, and some of those places are close to home. In this video, two friends dodge some rain showers to find a short strip of pavement next to a river that unlocks a wonderful $100 hamburger location. Little adventures like this are what flying is all about.

Video: flying a Gulfstream to Paris

Gulfstreams have a well-deserved reputation for being the class of the business jet fleet, with beautiful lines, luxurious cabins, and incredible performance. In this video you'll get to see what it's like to fly one, as two pilots cross the Atlantic to Paris. From the checklists callouts to the route planning to the amazing sunset, it's a great reminder of how fun it is to be a pilot - no matter what you fly.

Video: first glider solo at 14 years old

That first solo flight is a defining event in the life of a pilot, whether your goal is to fly airliners or just have fun in the air. While there's no maximum age for solo, most people know there's a minimum: you have to be 16. But that's only for powered airplanes. As this video shows, you can solo a glider at just 14. Ride along on Jack Wallace's first solo in a Blanik L-23 for your daily dose of inspiration.

Video: landing almost anywhere, even at a gas station

When your tires are this big, you really can land almost anywhere. In this wild video, join a group of friends in some unique backcountry airplanes as they go flying through Utah. They land on top of mountains, next to rivers, and even at a gas station. Your daily reminder that "aviation" includes a lot more than just an airliner from JFK to LAX.

Video: Picking up friends from their backyard in a helicopter

Helicopter pilots talk about freedom a lot, especially the freedom to take off and land from almost anywhere. This video is a great example, as two pilots stop by a friend's house on the way to a famous BBQ restaurant - in a helicopter. Watch their careful planning, the backyard landing, and then the arrival at the Salt Lick. So much more fun than driving.