https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/06154249/cirrus-on-top-600.jpg 450 600 James Mauch https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg James Mauch2019-01-04 11:31:452019-01-04 11:33:31Friday Photo: on top in a Cirrus
It had been a long day already - 2 hour flight training in Naples and then dodging thunderstorms in southern GA on my way to Louisville. The peace in that view was a welcome sight which relaxed me before I arrived in Louisville with a 40 KT blow from 290, forcing me to abandon 2 approaches at KLOU and divert to KSDF.
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When you're practicing aerobatics, it helps to have a good visual reference for your maneuvers. Santiago Arbelaez found the perfect one on a flight in his RV-4 - a vivid rainbow off the right wing. Here's hoping 2019 brings you many spectacular views like this from the cockpit.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/06154337/kids-on-float.jpg 338 600 Chuck Tippett https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Chuck Tippett2018-12-21 12:19:332018-12-21 12:21:01Friday Photo: Merry Christmas from a floatplane
My loving wife let me implement "my Retirement Plan" a little early and purchase this airplane this past fall. I raised two US Marines, hence the USMC mascot - and yes Rock has been flying as well for the past 8 years! I will be offering seaplane instruction soon.
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The historic Chateau de Chantilly is just 30 miles north of Paris, but looks like a time capsule from the 19th century. Philippe Platek was flying over it on a beautiful day when he took this photo from his Tecnam P-2008JC. It shows the Grand Chateau and the stunning formal gardens. The perfect flight for a general aviation airplane.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/06154454/alps-600.jpg 450 600 Laurent Zuber https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Laurent Zuber2018-12-07 10:23:492018-12-07 10:24:44Friday Photo: the Swiss Alps
The weak sun of October had not completely removed the fog in the south of the Black Forest and over Switzerland. The Alps were sticking out of the cloud layer in the South. The air was smooth at FL090. I was crossing the arrival sectors of Zurich and the controllers had given me the most direct route that I could dream of.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/06154602/rainbow-600-loxt.jpg 450 600 Ed Loxterkamp https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Ed Loxterkamp2018-11-30 10:20:462018-11-30 10:21:15Friday Photo: rainbow off the left wing
The old saying reminds us that behind every cloud there's a silver lining. Most pilots know that behind every line of summer showers, there's a rainbow. Ed Loxterkamp was in the perfect position to capture this beautiful sight when he was flying home from EAA AirVenture in his Piper Arrow.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/06154630/Nashville-sunset.jpg 338 600 Glenn Ford https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Glenn Ford2018-11-23 09:03:512018-11-23 09:05:09Friday Photo: Music City at sunset
Getting the perfect nighttime photo is part skill and part timing. Glenn Ford had both for this fantastic shot of Nashville, Tennessee. The high wing of his Cessna 172 left a sprawling view of the lights that make "Music City USA" so vibrant.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/06154645/jet-wing-with-mountains.jpg 450 600 Duane Mader https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Duane Mader2018-11-16 10:53:012018-11-16 10:53:18Friday Photo: leaving storms on the other side of the mountains
Sometimes the ever-changing weather means you have to be patient and creative. For corporate pilot Duane Mader, the reward for one of those days was a beautiful view of the Wyoming Big Horns from his CJ2. As he was climbing VFR and waiting to pick up an IFR clearance, it occurred to Duane that that type of maneuvering is true freedom.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/06154715/mt-ida-800.jpg 600 800 Clint Schamehorn https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Clint Schamehorn2018-11-09 13:45:052018-11-09 13:45:22Friday Photo: Mt. Ida, British Columbia
Oftentimes all you have to do to get a great photo is to look outside. In this gorgeous photo from Clint Schamehorn, Mother Nature sets the scene perfectly, with high broken clouds, a setting sun, and the dramatic shape of Mt. Ida in the foreground. Not bad for a flight where the only mission was "boring holes in the sky."
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/06154728/Above-clouds-172.jpg 450 600 Agustin Rubinos https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Agustin Rubinos2018-11-02 10:52:512018-11-02 10:59:25Friday Photo: above the clouds in Argentina
Agustin Rubiños took this photo "on a tourist flight to observe the city of three streams, in the typical climate of the southwest of the province of Buenos Aires in the winter season. With a FL030 roof of clouds over the terrain, we crossed the layer of thin clouds to provide an incredible view to our passengers who took a unique postcard for the rest of his life."
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/06154815/river-valley-cub.jpg 600 800 Jody Kochansky https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Jody Kochansky2018-10-26 10:45:472018-10-26 10:45:57Friday Photo: backcountry flying in a Super Cub
When Jody Kochansky signed up for a course at McCall Mountain Canyon Flying School in Idaho, he knew he would learn a lot. And learn he did. As he says, "I'm a better pilot for the experience!" Along the way, he captured this beautiful backcountry scene, with Loon Creek winding its way through the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The picture is made complete by the yellow Super Cub cowl.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/06154912/Cirrus-sunrise-800.jpg 600 800 Salim Helou https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Salim Helou2018-10-19 14:51:422018-10-19 14:51:56Friday Photo: sunrise over a Cirrus wing
Sometimes, Mother Nature knows best. After evening storms delayed Salim Helou's flight home until the next morning, the sun made a grand appearance over the co-pilot's wing. The Cirrus SR22 meant Salim made it to work on time, but the view was the real prize.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/06154924/Phoenix-sunset.jpg 450 800 Kimberly Prodan https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Kimberly Prodan2018-10-12 09:01:422018-10-12 09:01:57Friday Photo: Phoenix sunset
Photographers call it the golden hour for a reason. As this Friday Photo from Kimberly Prodan shows, the time just before night falls is utterly amazing - especially from an airplane. This photo captures the emerging lights of Phoenix below, while the sun's fading light paints the horizon.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/06155009/chestnut-mountains-800.jpg 600 800 Greg Chestnut https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Greg Chestnut2018-10-05 09:25:532018-10-05 09:26:18Friday Photo: Colorado mountains
A cool, clear day in the mountains of Colorado is hard to beat. As Greg Chestnut shows in this photo, it's even better with a high wing airplane. He took this photo while flying his Cessna 182 to Las Vegas, as he passed over the Uncompahgre Wilderness Area near Telluride.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/06155027/Lake-Eyre-800.jpg 800 800 Jeff Brooks https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Jeff Brooks2018-09-28 12:27:212018-09-28 12:27:39Friday Photo: a not-so-dry lake in Australia
Lake Eyre in Australia covers half a million square miles, but it's almost always dry. Not for Jeff Brooks. He captured this otherworldly picture of the lake after it had filled up with water that flowed 1000 miles down hill to the lowest point in the country. The sleek wingtip of his Long-EZ perfectly frames the scene.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/06155101/castle-in-the-sky-800.jpg 600 800 Robert Bickford https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Robert Bickford2018-09-21 10:53:282018-09-24 17:24:47Friday Photo: an Austrian castle
A European vacation turned into an unexpected flying adventure for Bob Bickford. In this Friday Photo, he shares the view from the cockpit of a brand new Diamond DA40NG, which he got to fly from the Diamond factory in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. As he says, it's not every day you get to see a castle on final approach.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/06155122/Rainy-sunset.jpg 450 600 Rick Spencer https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Rick Spencer2018-09-14 11:27:342018-09-14 11:27:45Friday Photo: a rainy sunset
Viewing a sunset from the cockpit of a small airplane is always beautiful, but add in some clouds and maybe even a little rain and things get even better. Rick Spencer took this photo from his Cessna 182 on the way home to Arkansas from South Carolina, and the variety of colors makes for a gorgeous end to the trip.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/06155217/snowy-mountains-800.jpg 338 600 Ken Finlayson https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Ken Finlayson2018-09-07 09:45:382018-09-07 09:45:58Friday Photo: snowy mountain peaks
The Rocky Mountains are famous for offering stunning views of snowy mountain peaks, but the Monashee Mountains in Canada are close behind. In this Friday Photo, Ken Finlayson shares a picture he took of the range while on a cross country training flight. Not a bad office view.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/06155243/San-Juan-Islands-182-800.jpg 600 800 Bill Lombard https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Bill Lombard2018-08-31 09:13:472018-08-31 09:14:28Friday Photo: San Juan Islands
Many people outside the Pacific Northwest don't know about the San Juan Islands, but to those who do know, they are a favorite flying spot. Bill Lombard shares this photo of the deserted islands just outside of Seattle in this Friday Photo. He took it from his Cessna 182 on a return flight from completing some IFR training.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/06155316/BanksPeninsula800.jpg 600 800 Andre Michaelides https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Andre Michaelides2018-08-24 08:59:462018-08-24 09:00:12Friday Photo: Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
New Zealand sometimes looks like another planet, and this Friday Photo shows why. Andre Michaelides took this photo of the Banks Peninsula from his Piper Warrior, which shows ancient volcanic rock, a beautiful blue-green lake, and the Southern Alps mountain range all in one shot. As he says, it's "scenery for the soul."