Most of the time, Air Traffic Control works like a well-oiled machine, with ground control moving airplanes to the runway and tower keeping the runways safe. But sometimes, due to traffic or weather, things don't go according to plan at busy airports. In this amusing collection of ATC conversations, listen to airline pilots and controllers go off-script for some unique requests. It's a great reminder that behind every callsign there's a human being.
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.
Learning to fly a tailwheel airplane is challenging, but incredibly rewarding. While they are less stable than tricycle gear airplanes, they are a lot of fun and open up a whole new world of flying. As this video shows, you can land on grass runways in the middle of farms and connect with flying the way it used to be.
Do you remember your first flight lesson? For most pilots, it's a blur - a mix of wonder, nervousness and excitement. In this video, you can see it all, from the expectations to the moment of liftoff, as you ride along with two student pilots on their first flight lessons. If you're already a pilot, you'll enjoy reliving the big day. If you're not yet a pilot, this is a great preview, one that shows just how much flying you'll do on that first lesson.
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.
There's nothing quite so pure as a yellow Piper J-3 Cub on a grass strip; the airplane just wasn't meant to be flown over big cities and landed at towered airports. In this fun video, you'll ride along in a 1945 Cub, from hand propping to low passes over the farms. No avionics, no airspace, just fun flying.
Flying aerobatics is incredibly fun, and it's also a great way to learn new flying skills. That doesn't have to mean exotic airshow airplanes, though - the trusty Cessna 150 Aerobat is a great way to do loops, rolls, spins, and more. Ride along on this flight to see what aerobatic maneuvers look like from the cockpit.
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.
Island hopping in the Caribbean should be on every pilot's bucket list. It's fun, exhilarating and surprisingly easy to do, even in a small airplane. As this video shows, all it takes is a Private Pilot certificate and a Cessna 172.
Are helicopters impossible to fly? Not really, but they do take practice. In this week's fun flying video, you'll ride along as a brand new pilot learns how to hover both a Robinson R22 and R44 helicopter. From the embarrassing first flight to the physics behind hovering, you'll get an inside look at what rotary wing flight is all about.