Video: first glider solo at 14 years old

That first solo flight is a defining event in the life of a pilot, whether your goal is to fly airliners or just have fun in the air. While there's no maximum age for solo, most people know there's a minimum: you have to be 16. But that's only for powered airplanes. As this video shows, you can solo a glider at just 14. Ride along on Jack Wallace's first solo in a Blanik L-23 for your daily dose of inspiration.

Departing the airport traffic pattern – HD Flight Maneuver Spotlight

Standard VFR departure procedures are established at pilot-controlled airports to ensure that departing aircraft remain clear of incoming traffic as they climb out of the terminal airport environment.

Friday Photo: Private Pilot

Friday Photo is a new installment to share those special moments capturing first solos, checkrides or other special memories. Please send your achievements to...

How to master steep turns

Steep turns were my nemesis. While I didn’t fail an exam as a result, it was clearly a weak maneuver within my repertoire. Never...

Webinar video: behind the scenes with Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course

Sporty's 2018 Learn to Fly Course is the most thorough update yet to its award-winning complete pilot training system. With thousands of active students using...

Video: landing almost anywhere, even at a gas station

When your tires are this big, you really can land almost anywhere. In this wild video, join a group of friends in some unique backcountry airplanes as they go flying through Utah. They land on top of mountains, next to rivers, and even at a gas station. Your daily reminder that "aviation" includes a lot more than just an airliner from JFK to LAX.

Quiz: Preflight Planning an IFR Flight

There are many nuances to be considered when planning a flight to be completed under Instrument Flight Rules. This becomes exponentially true when conducting...

Video: Picking up friends from their backyard in a helicopter

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.

Video: Flying in Baja, Mexico

The islands of the Bahamas offer some well-known flying adventures, but the Baja Peninsula in Mexico has its own charm too. Just a short flight from Southern California and Arizona, the hundreds of miles of coastline offer incredible views and diverse wildlife. There are dozens of airports, and the flying weather is often excellent. Fly along in this video as the pilot visits Loreto, San Felipe, and Ensenada.

How to survive checkride day

It’s here! It’s finally here. Checkride day. The opportunity to shine. The end of a chapter in your aviation journey filled with triumphs, yet...