Video: landing on an ice runway

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.

Video: flying the Icon A5 seaplane around Miami

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.

Video: landing IN the Grand Canyon

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.

Video: Pilatus landing at Courchevel

This is why you practice short field landings! The pilot loads up seven of his friends in a Pilatus, then takes off from his home airport's grass runway (yes, in a 10,000 lb. airplane) and flies to Courchevel, a scenic ski resort in the French Alps. There's a very convenient airport right on the side of the mountain, but it's less than 1,800 feet long and has a stunning 18.6% gradient.

Video: landing a Citation Mustang

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.

Video: STOL drag racing in the high desert

You may have heard of STOL competitions - where pilots in bush planes show off their Short TakeOff and Landing skills. The unique High Sierra Fly In, which takes place on a dry lake bed in Nevada is like that, but with a twist. The organizers call it STOL Drag racing, and it looks like one of the more interesting aviation gatherings of the year.

Video: understanding pilot slang, from roger to wilco

What's the difference between roger and wilco? What does "5x5" mean? What phrase should you never utter on the radio? Join Sporty's senior flight instructor Charlie Masters for a light-hearted review of some common pilot slang. At the very least, you'll be able to keep up with your fellow pilots at the next hangar flying session.

Video: first solo aerobatics flight

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.

Video: Amazing helicopter landing spots

Why fly a helicopter if you're only going to land on an airport? In this incredible video, you'll get to fly around British Columbia with an experienced helicopter pilot as he visits some unusual helipads. From downtown, waterfront helipads to remote, mountaintop locations, the views are incredible and the freedom is unmatched.

Video: landing a helicopter next to a BBQ restaurant

Airplane pilots are familiar with the concept of the $100 hamburger, a flight to a nearby airport for lunch or dinner that combines food, friends and flying. These missions are a lot of fun, but in a helicopter they are even better. In this video, watch as a student pilot flies a Robinson R22 helicopter to one of the world's best barbecue restaurants and lands in the grass right next door. You'll learn some of the finer points of off-airport landings, plus see how much fun you can have with a pilot certificate.