https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/sunrise-C-172.jpg 640 480 Thomas Dorl https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Thomas Dorl2021-07-23 08:48:372021-07-16 17:21:51Friday Photo: rise and shine
When the weather is nice, and it's before the time change, I take advantage of the nice weather. Here is a picture inviting everyone to aviation, a new morning, new opportunity to learn and experience aviation.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/IMG_0401.jpg 1224 1632 Charlie Tillett https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Charlie Tillett2021-07-16 08:48:522021-07-06 18:07:31Friday Photo: a sunlit thunderstorm
It was May and a line of late afternoon thunderstorms was building. I requested a deviation to the left to avoid what looked like a line of clouds and through the co-pilot window caught this developing thunderhead through an opening in the clouds.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/King-Ranch-smoke-600.jpg 800 600 Dale Davis https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Dale Davis2021-07-09 09:02:002021-06-30 10:07:49Friday Photo: Texas smoke
Dale Davis uses his Cessna 206 to commute to business meetings from his home near San Antonio, which means he often sees sights like this: a large brush fire burning in the middle of the King Ranch. It's a reminder that visibility can be reduced by factors other than clouds and fog.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Over-the-beach-600.jpg 338 600 Agustin Rubinos https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Agustin Rubinos2021-07-02 08:41:592021-06-30 15:07:31Friday Photo: feet wet
There's a moment when you transition from flying over land to flying over water ("feet wet") when your whole view changes. That's the view Agustin Rubiños captures in this Friday Photo, as his Cessna 172 cruised over the beaches in Claromeco, Argentina.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/8_1.jpg 536 780 Dale Hill https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Dale Hill2021-06-25 08:45:262021-06-15 17:45:45Friday Photo: thunderstorms over Cambodia
Picking our way through thunderstorms at 10,000 MSL over Cambodia in the late fall of 1972. Or, has John Gillespie Magee, Jr. said it in High Flight, we "...chased the shouting wind along, and flung [our] eager craft through footless halls of air..."
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Santa-Paula-600.jpg 356 600 Patrick Coughran https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Patrick Coughran2021-06-18 08:41:192021-06-08 13:50:11Friday Photo: Santa Paula
Learning to fly at CP Aviation at KSZP has been a trip. It feels like Santa Paula is what GA used to feel like in its heyday: one small runway, one taxiway, no tower. Nothing but Cessnas, Ercoupes, Stearmans, Citabrias. Life at SZP is simple. The core ethos? The pure love of flying.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/CJ-sunset.jpg 450 600 Phelps Lane https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Phelps Lane2021-06-11 08:22:532021-06-04 16:53:40Friday Photo: CJ sunset
Sunsets are always a favorite view for pilots, but sometimes the conditions are just right. In this beautiful Friday Photo, Phelps Lane shares a photo from the left seat of a Cessna Citation CJ1+ as he descended over New Orleans. The lights are glowing in the distance, the black sky fades to blue, then orange, then red—and you can almost see the curvature of the earth.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/HUD-sunset.jpg 800 600 Brendan Donovan https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Brendan Donovan2021-06-04 08:23:492021-05-28 12:24:17Friday Photo: Gulfstream HUD
The views over Alaska are always epic, but that's especially true if you're looking through a heads-up display (HUD) in a Gulfstream G650ER. That's the picture Brendan Donovan shares this week, cruising home at FL450 on his way back from China.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/On-the-ramp.jpg 599 600 Charlie Tillett https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Charlie Tillett2021-05-28 08:41:232021-05-19 09:19:54Friday Photo: Meridian sunrise
Sunrise departure on a volunteer Angel Flight mission to help someone from Bangor, Maine, avoid the 8-hour round trip drive to Boston and get to a mid-morning medical appointment. There is no flying that I do that is more rewarding than providing a little hope to people by helping them get to medical treatment.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/SunriseAtFortParker800.jpg 1067 800 Jimmy McNaughton https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Jimmy McNaughton2021-05-21 09:05:442021-05-12 17:35:46Friday Photo: sunrise on a grass strip
An enjoyable weekend of flying and a night of camping. First leg was on Saturday, DTN to TXK (1.3 hours for a 56 nautical mile trip!) for a fly-in hosted by EAA Chapter 1582. Left there and headed for 01TS, with a fuel stop at F44. I caught the last hour of a fly-in at 01TS, complete with burgers, ice cream, and some good people. The owner welcomed me to camp out under a big oak tree.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Rendon-800.jpg 600 800 Santiago Rendon https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Santiago Rendon2021-05-14 08:54:112021-05-05 08:56:28Friday Photo: sunset under the clouds
Descending into Medellin, Colombia, in his Cessna Skywagon, Santiago Rendón snapped this artistic picture of the Cerro Tusa mountain peak. As he says, "Mountains, clouds, and sunset light produces a mixture of feelings that explains why you love to fly!"
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Engine-out.jpg 533 800 WB Johnson https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png WB Johnson2021-05-07 08:54:442021-04-28 16:26:59Friday Photo: something looks wrong
We were flying home to Springfield, MO, from Flying Cloud in Minneapolis. I was bringing my son (an airline pilot) and his family home for Thanksgiving on a bitterly cold Thanksgiving Day. Our Cessna 414 brought us home without incident, but it was a costly trip (the turbocharger went to lunch without us, and my son couldn't resist a snapshot).
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Bronco-sunset.jpg 624 800 Dale Hill https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Dale Hill2021-04-30 09:00:412021-04-20 17:46:30Friday Photo: Bronco at daybreak
While flying with the 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron on one summer day, I had the first takeoff from our Forward Operating Location at Ubon Airbase in Thailand. My roommate had taken off a few minutes behind me and we were both headed south. I slowed down and suggested that he speed up to catch me so I could take his picture using my trusty 35mm. In a few minutes, Pat was flying off my left wing.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Sandidge-wing.jpg 600 800 Dave Sandidge https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Dave Sandidge2021-04-23 08:41:282021-04-19 14:01:02Friday photo: a freight pilot’s view
You sit in one position in one chair for over three hours. You stare at electro-mechanical needles and dials for those same three+ hours, eyes darting from one to another quickly because you have no autopilot. Occasionally, you turn your head away from your only links to survival, your instruments, and consider with much respect your wings and engines.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/image0-2.jpeg 480 640 Rick Poling https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Rick Poling2021-04-16 10:05:212021-04-16 10:05:21Friday Photo: Miami Beach
I just received my private pilot certificate in Michigan in November. I checked out a plane on a much needed break at a Miami airport in December and planned a day trip to Key West for lunch, following the road all the way. Cruise ships were parked at sea but the view and thrill of piloting your own airplane was beautifully amazing!
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Jomsom-600.jpg 422 600 Suresh Bista https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Suresh Bista2021-04-09 09:03:422021-04-09 09:46:08Friday Photo: landing at 9000 feet
The airstrip at Jomsom is 9000 feet AMSL, situated in the midwest part of Nepal and north of the Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri ranges. Later I flew many times between 25,000 and 30,000 feet on photography flights and search mission over Mount Everest and Mount Kanchanjunga.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IMG_9633.jpeg 480 640 Fred Pond https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Fred Pond2021-04-02 08:44:552021-04-19 15:55:56Friday Photo: Archer sunrise
Fred Pond was flying his Piper Archer, picking up 16 cases of PPE equipment in Indiana and taking it to Pennsylvania as a Compassion Flight for LifeLine Pilots and Angel Flight, when he snapped this beautiful photo. As he says, "I am thankful for the opportunity to belong to a group like LifeLine Pilots. General aviation plays a huge role in disaster relief around the world."
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Rainbow-under-wing.jpg 375 600 Santiago Arbelaez https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Santiago Arbelaez2021-03-26 08:48:092021-03-19 16:31:50Friday Photo: Colombian rainbow
"Sometimes the combination of mountains and tropical weather brings you the opportunity to witness beautiful views, even when you are on long final," says Santiago Arbelaez. That's certainly true of this beautiful Friday Photo, which shows a rainbow just under the wing of his Cessna 185.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Sunrise-Jacksonville.jpg 600 600 George Currie https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png George Currie2021-03-19 08:41:202021-03-09 15:45:08Friday Photo: sunrise over the St. John’s River
George Currie took this photo of sunrise over the St. John's River and Jacksonville, Florida, looking east toward the Atlantic Ocean, from his 1977 Piper Cherokee Warrior II. His mission was to start the day early with some socially distanced fun and adventure, before this typically crowded airspace gets busy.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Golf-golf.jpg 400 600 Chris Priaulx https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Chris Priaulx2021-03-12 08:39:572021-03-12 10:16:31Friday Photo: golf and flying
In the old days at Shelter Cove, you could golf all day for $10 on the course that was all around the runway, then enjoy the ocean, some good food, and lodging.