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.
You may practice short and soft field landings in your Cessna or Piper, but it's probably nothing like this. Fly along with Mission Aviation Fellowship pilot Daniel Geaslen in a Quest Kodiak turboprop to see what a truly short and soft runway looks like. He flies into Nalca in Papua, and explains how this seemingly crazy landing is actually very safe if you follow a few important rules. It's also another example of the amazing places general aviation can take you that no airline or car can.
As a pilot, jumping out of a perfectly good airplane might seem crazy, but JP Schulze says it actually helps you be a better pilot. Go skydiving with JP in this video to see what it's like to free fall, complete with some awesome 360-degree video segments. Fun or scary? You decide.
Sometimes short field and soft field landings are for real; for bush pilot Trent Palmer, it's just another day of fun in his Kitfox. You'll ride along for nearly 20 of them in this fun video, as he and a friend visit a variety of different remote places, from gravel bars in river bends to sandy beaches. It's total freedom.
Flying seaplanes anywhere is fun; flying a Beaver in Alaska is just about the most fun you can have anywhere in the United States. But it's also demanding, with small lakes, rugged terrain, and few rescue options. Fly along with FlightChops as he explores some remote lakes in this legendary bush plane, and see why Alaska is a just plain different.
Not all airplanes need a runway to land, as this incredible video shows. Ride along with Trent Palmer in his experimental taildragger as he creates his own landing strip on a ridge in northern Nevada. While you shouldn't try this in your Cherokee, it does show the freedom and excitement that comes with a Private Pilot certificate.
Many pilots consider soaring to be the purest form of flying, a delicate balance between airspeed and altitude that requires a deep understanding of aerodynamics. It's also an awful lot of fun, as this video shows. Ride along on an intro flight in a glider to see what an aero tow looks like, how glider pilots find lift, and just how peaceful a glider cockpit can be.
This week's fun flying video combines two memorable flights in one. The first is taking your parents for their first flight in a small airplane, which is a fun way to show off your hard-earned pilot skills. Even better is making that first flight in a Cessna 172 to Key West, Florida. The scenic flight over the turquoise waters to an island paradise is a great example of the fun you can have in an airplane.
Class B airspace and busy international airports may be intimidating for new pilots, but there's no reason general aviation pilots can't use them just like the airlines. In this video, ride along in a Cirrus SR22 as the pilot flies VFR into San Francisco International Airport at night. You'll hear all the communications with Approach and Tower, and see some beautiful views of the Bay Area along the way. With a little training and some good communication skills, flights like this are pretty easy.
The Douglas DC-3 might be the hardest working airplane in aviation history. From pioneering airline routes to flying World War II missions to hauling freight in remote areas, this tail-dragging radial twin has done it all. In this fantastic video, you'll get to fly in a DC-3 with the world's highest time DC-3 pilot.