On the check ride, it's all about gentle control inputs and straight and level flight. After you have your license, though, aerobatics can be a fun way to expand your skills. In this week's fun flying video, strap into the backseat of a Citabria for some loops, rolls and spins.
Ever wonder what it's like to fly a fighter jet? In this fun video from FlightChops, you can strap into an L-39 jet trainer and find out. You'll get acquainted with the cockpit, then take off and climb through an overcast for a stunning view of the sky. Watch him do aerobatics from multiple angles, including the stick and the wingtip. The best part is, you don't have to be a specially-trained military pilot to fly one of these airplanes.
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!
Flying can take you to some exotic places, but not all of them require a fancy jet and a 1000-mile flight. In this week's fun flying video, Matt Guthmiller and some friends take a Beechcraft Bonanza to the ice runway at Alton Bay. In spite of what you might think, this unique and fun airport is actually in New Hampshire. Fly along as Matt visits this surprisingly busy seasonal airport and enjoys some famous pilot camaraderie.
For many student pilots, their ultimate idea of fun flying is a job at an airline. Being an airline pilot has its ups and downs, but one thing never gets old: the incredible views from the cockpit. In this week's video, ride along with an Air France crew as they descend into Los Angeles and land at the busy LAX airport at night. You'll see everything from the cockpit flows to the stunning lights of the LA basin, plus hear the ATC communications.
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."
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.
The Breezy may look odd to non-pilots, but for true aviation enthusiasts this unique open-cockpit airplane is the epitome of simple and fun flying. No avionics, no complicated systems; just stick and rudder, with the wind in your hair. In this video, meet Rob Unger, who rebuilt a Breezy to look just like the original one - which his father created many decades ago. Would you fly it?
Route 66, the legendary cross-country highway from Chicago to Santa Monica, is synonymous with freedom and adventure - but usually in a car. In this unique video, Matt Guthmiller lands his Bonanza on a gravel strip right next to the Mother Road and explores an abandoned hotel. It's not every day you see airplanes and cars mixing it up on the same piece of pavement.
St. Barthelemy is a beautiful island in the Caribbean, famous for its gorgeous beaches, European style and celebrity guests. But among pilots, the island is famous for its intimidating airport - short, downhill and surrounded by hills on three sides. In this week's fun flying video, ride along with young pilot Matt Guthmiller as he flies a Bonanza into St. Barts.