landings

Quiz: Landing Techniques

While it may be true that any landing you can walk away from is a good landing, there is certainly something to be said...

Video: High Sierra Fly-in

It's part Burning Man and part Oshkosh and the result is a totally unique event. Every year a diverse mix of pilots and aviation enthusiasts gathers at a dry lakebed in western Nevada for the High Sierra Fly-in. Airplanes compete to see who can take off and land in the shortest distance, and fun flying is the only item on the menu.

Transitioning to the airlines (Part I)

To help shed some light on the life of an airline pilot, Sporty's Student Pilot News is pleased to introduce Mr. Alan Nguyen. Nguyen is a Sporty's Academy flight instructor and first officer at a regional air carrier. Please enjoy the first installment of this multi-part series on transitioning to the airlines.

Friday photo: Priscilla Marapodi instrument rating checkride

I started my aviation journey April 2017 since then it’s been an amazing journey. I thought the PPL was an amazing accomplishment until today the IFR checkride, now I feel like a real pilot! 

Smart study strategies with Sporty’s 2019 Learn to Fly Course

Sporty’s courses are the ideal pilot training companion - everything you need to prepare for your written test and earn your certificate or rating,...

Video: flying (and sailing) in the Bahamas

Some exotic adventures require a long airline flight halfway around the world; others require only a pilot's license and a Cessna (plus a few friends). In this envy-inducing video, filmmaker and pilot JP Schulze heads to the beautiful blue waters of the Bahamas for some flying and sailing. It feels worlds away from the United States, where they departed, but it's only a short flight in the Cessna.

Learning to fly and having a full time job – Can it be done?

We get many aspiring pilots that ask us about learning to fly but other commitments often result in a packed schedule. The thought of...

Friday photo: Ryan Miller first solo

My son's first solo! I bought the ELSA RV-12 so that I could learn airplane maintenance work and so that my son could affordably learn to fly.  This plane was built by high school students as an Eagle's Nest project at Clear Springs High School

Emergency Approach and Landing – HD Flight Maneuver Spotlight

You need to react thoughtfully and quickly in the event the engine quits or you experience an unexpected loss of power. This week's tip covers a series of memory items to complete to try to restart the engine, and then what to do if a forced landing becomes necessary.

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."