Video: landing on Route 66

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.

Video: how to use Sporty’s Electronic E6B Flight Computer

Join Sporty's Doug Ranly for a hands-on look at how to use this popular flight computer. You'll see three common functions step-by-step, plus tips for converting Fahrenheit to Celsius.

Pilot’s guide to ATP certification

The demand for professional pilots has never been greater. Airline pilot requirements and mandatory retirements have significantly impacted the pool of eligible candidates and, in...

How to use ADS-B and Sirius XM datalink weather in the cockpit

Follow along with AirFacts editor and weather guru John Zimmerman as he discusses in-flight weather services and real world weather flying strategies. From the...

Friday photo: Granddaughter, Paris Jones, first solo

After 40 years at American Airlines I’m excited that so many young adults like Paris are discovering aviation as a career again. For a long time it wasn’t this way, and the efforts of organizations like Sporty’s, AOPA, EAA and others is having a positive effect. No word can describe how happy and proud of her we are.

Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) updated

Updates to the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM), change 3, went into effect on February 28. Among the updates, the AIM advises users of the...
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Quiz: VFR Cross-Country Flight Planning

Winds aloft, true course, heading and groundspeed. Can you put all the puzzle pieces together and plan a successful cross-country flight? Use this quiz to test...

Video: seaplane flying in the Bahamas

Flying seaplanes is a blast no matter where are, but in the islands of the Bahamas it's almost magical. With over 700 islands and that beautiful blue water, the options are endless and the weather usually cooperates. Ride along in this video as one seaplane pilot drops in on a variety of fun island locations.

Outsmart winter with these cold-weather flying tips

The winter flying season is officially here, which means we have a new set of challenges to deal with while flying in sub-freezing temperatures. Flight training doesn't need to stop in the winter though; in fact the colder months provide some great opportunities to expand your knowledge on weather and aircraft operations in less than ideal conditions.

Friday photo: Garrett Gray Private pilot checkride

The memory: It feels great to have passed the Private checkride and be an official pilot. I am excited to share this experience with my friends and family, and I can't wait to see what excitement the next ratings and certificates bring!