Video: landing on the dirt at Mineral Canyon, Utah

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.

Video: flying to the Bahamas in a Cessna 172

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.

360 degree video: aerobatics with Sean D. Tucker

Every year, Sean D. Tucker thrills millions of people with his famous airshow act. From the ground, his loops, rolls and hammerhead stalls look incredible; in the air, it's even better. That's what you'll see in this video, as one lucky Sporty's pilot goes flying with Sean and records the entire flight.

Video: A year in the life of a Cirrus pilot

Why is flying so rewarding? There are as many reasons as there are pilots, but this video sums it up pretty well: beautiful views, unique destinations, exciting technology, personal challenge, and so much more. A Cirrus pilot combines 12 months worth of flying videos into a 5-minute video that will have you smiling.

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: what flying is all about

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."

Video: coast to coast in a Cessna 172

Flying across the country in a Cessna 172? It takes patience and flexibility, but it's fun, educational, and surprisingly easy. Ride along in this video as two pilots make that trip, including some beautiful mountain views. The ultimate goal? Pour some water from the Atlantic Ocean (departure) into the Pacific Ocean (destination).

Video: Grass runway on Martha’s Vineyard

Flying to an airport restaurant for a "$100 hamburger" is a popular way for pilots to use their certificate and have some fun. This video shows one of the best spots in America for such a flight - Katama Airpark on Martha's Vineyard. Fly along with Matt Guthmiller in a Beechcraft Bonanza as he tours the coastal scenery, lands on the 50 ft. wide grass runway, and parks next to the historic restaurant. Yet another trip that's only possible in a light airplane.

Video: F/A-18 high speed maneuvers

Ever wished you could fly a fighter jet? Watch this five minute video for a taste of what it's like. You'll ride along for a catapult shot off an aircraft carrier, some high speed formation flying, a few low level passes and finally a landing back on the carrier. Do not try this in your Cessna.

Video: flying the Cirrus Jet

The Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet is one of the most interesting airplanes to hit the market in years, and it's now fully certified. Ride along with Cirrus pilot Rob Haig in this video as he shows the single engine jet in action. You'll see the pre-flight, takeoff, cruise and some maneuvers, plus get a feel for the Garmin avionics. While flying some big jets is mostly work, this personal jet looks like nothing but fun.