https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/06152050/gold-coast-800.jpg 600 800 Ross Clarke https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Ross Clarke2019-07-12 08:41:312019-07-12 10:18:29Friday Photo: Gold Coast, Australia
Australia's Gold Coast in Queensland is a beautiful place to fly, as this photo from Ross Clarke shows. He was on his way to maintenance in his Jabiru J170 when he took this shot of the towering buildings and golden beaches below. It's a famous tourist destination, but we think it looks better from the air.
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The sun reflecting off a lake is a wonderful sight, but it's even better when you're learning to fly, as John Wesley Collins was in this case. There's a twist: "His dad got to be in the plane with him and take these beautiful photos. Both sons are working on their private pilot lessons and their dad gets to live his lifelong dream of flying with them."
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/06152154/George-Alps-600.jpg 800 600 Nicolas George https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Nicolas George2019-06-28 06:13:452019-06-28 06:21:30Friday Photo: snowy French Alps
The Alps never cease to amaze, as this week's Friday Photo proves. Nicolas George captured this stunning vista from the cockpit of his ICP Savannah. The Chartreuse range is covered in snow, which brought back a lot of fond memories for George. The entire experience was the result of a short climb in a light airplane.
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/06152258/CA-sunset-King-Air.jpg 600 800 Ron Pogatchnik https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Ron Pogatchnik2019-06-21 10:00:182019-06-21 10:00:28Friday Photo: California sunset
Sunsets never get old, especially when there's a high cloud layer to frame it just right. As King Air pilot Ron Pogatchnik says, "After 24,000 hours of flying time, I am still absolutely dumbstruck at some of the things I get to see."
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/06152353/Travis-in-the-Bonanza-93-600.jpg 429 600 Robert Bready https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Robert Bready2019-06-14 10:37:472019-06-14 10:38:05Friday Photo: dreaming of flights to come
Fathers and sons have been bonding over airplanes for over 100 years. In this special Father's Day edition of the Friday Photo, Robert Bready shares a wonderful picture of a very young but enthusiastic pilot trying out the left seat of an S35 Bonanza.
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/06152620/lava-600.jpg 349 600 Nef Torres https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Nef Torres2019-06-07 10:32:352019-06-07 10:33:18Friday Photo: early morning lava
On this particular early morning trip I was a passenger on a Lear 45 business flight when I witnessed the most amazing sunrise. We were somewhere over Illinois, headed to Boston from Wichita. As the sun began to shine, it illuminated the cloud layer from below and reminded me of a lava field. Sometimes, a guy is just blessed to have such a great view from his office window.
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/06152655/Lake-Powell-Flt-2.jpeg 427 640 Richard Garnett https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Richard Garnett2019-05-31 10:11:412019-05-31 10:11:54Friday Photo: turns around Padres Butte
Lake Powell offers some of the most incredible views of anywhere in the southwestern United States, and Richard Garnett capture one such view in this Friday Photo. He was on a training flight with Jeniffer Kiraly in a Piper Archer when he snapped this photo of Padres Butte rising up out of the water.
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/06152737/NYC-night-800.jpg 600 800 Joseph Perrone https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Joseph Perrone2019-05-24 09:06:012019-05-24 09:06:18Friday Photo: New York City at night
My sister and her husband were visiting for a short trip and we started talking about airplanes. It was evening but the weather was perfect and the next two days looked terrible so we spontaneously decided to go right then and there. They had a phenomenal time and were enchanted by the beauty of NYC at night. It was my first time through the VFR corridor at night as well, and the views didn’t disappoint.
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/06152841/Meridian-mountains-600.jpg 450 600 Charlie Tillett https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Charlie Tillett2019-05-17 09:03:072019-05-17 09:07:53Friday Photo: snowy Teton
Grand Teton National Park never disappoints, with soaring peaks and a flat valley floor below. Even better is when the mountains are draped in snow. That's the view Charlie Tillett had from his Piper Meridian recently, as he shares in this Friday Photo. From 20,000 feet it looks peaceful and majestic. From the ground it might look cold.
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/06152918/Hammock-and-airplane.jpg 800 600 Jim Mateski https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Jim Mateski2019-05-10 09:04:132019-05-10 09:04:29Friday Photo: wilderness camping
Flying is usually about the journey, not the destination, but this Friday Photo might be an exception. Jim Mateski shares a photo of his campsite at the Shearer wilderness airstrip in Idaho, complete with a hammock and a Piper Super Cruiser. As he says, the plan was, "Solitude, hammock sleeping, a good book, and great native cutthroat fly fishing."
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/06153009/cody-lewis-sunset.jpg 600 800 Cody Lewis https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Cody Lewis2019-05-03 09:01:332019-05-03 09:01:51Friday Photo: Ohio sunset from a 172
I am so fortunate to be able to see and do things like this. When I took this picture the only thing I could think about was that the people I am flying above right now will probably never see what my two eyes are seeing right now at this very moment. It is such an honor and a privilege to be able to see views like this from an airplane.
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/06153033/Frontal-Passage-600.jpg 400 600 Kim Hunter https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Kim Hunter2019-04-26 10:04:142019-04-26 10:04:25Friday Photo: frontal passage
This photograph was taken just after a cold front associated with a low pressure system passed over the field. The system's passage was preceded by a pulse of moisture with intense precipitation and a dramatic shift in wind. Twenty minutes later the leading edge of the front spawned a tornado - unusual in central California.
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/06153154/PoppyBloom800.jpg 600 800 Fred Greensite https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Fred Greensite2019-04-19 09:58:392019-04-19 09:58:48Friday Photo: California poppy bloom
The Walker Canyon poppy bloom made national news for its beautiful scenery. But Fred Greensite had the best view: "Vastly more extensive, and much more awe-inspiring, than the ground level media views online and on TV had indicated. The mountains looked like they were on fire. The throngs of people arriving by car and exploring on foot missed out on so much."
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/06153244/Nashville-sunset-creecy.jpg 600 800 Joe Creecy https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Joe Creecy2019-04-12 09:15:372019-04-12 09:16:03Friday Photo: sun painting the clouds
Sunsets are always beautiful from the cockpit, but they're even better when a high cloud layer is involved. This photo from Joe Creecy, taken from his Cessna 182, shows the low sun over Nashville as it paints the clouds with shades of orange, yellow, and purple. Another "why I fly" moment.
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/06153256/Turkey-sunset.jpg 600 800 Necmi Cicekci https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Necmi Cicekci2019-04-05 11:08:042019-04-05 11:08:23Friday Photo: sunset over Istanbul
While flying his Piper Meridian back from Balikesir, Necmi Cicekci "flew over Turkey's most beautiful western coast. After investigating the Syrian migrants who had to cross the Aegean Sea, I had a great sunset on the way back to Istanbul. The sun was saying to us, 'goodbye.'"
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/06153320/boulder-600.jpg 450 600 Rob Hitchcox https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Rob Hitchcox2019-03-29 11:04:572019-03-29 11:05:33Friday Photo: Boulder from a 172
Colorado is a beautiful place to fly, and you don't have to be in a high performance airplane to enjoy the view. This Friday Photo comes from Rob Hitchcox, who was flying a Cessna 172 over the flatirons around Boulder when he took this photo. The best part? He had passengers along.
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/06153355/Angel-flight.jpg 648 600 Ruffin Benton https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Ruffin Benton2019-03-22 09:21:242019-03-22 09:21:36Friday Photo: Angel Flight passenger
For doctor and pilot Ruffin Benton, flying patients for Angel Flight is the most rewarding kind of trip. He took this photo on a recent flight to Baltimore with a patient on board. While she's headed for tough cancer treatment, the picture is all about the peace of flight.
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/06153557/sunset15600.jpg 338 600 Natalie Kjaergaard https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Natalie Kjaergaard2019-03-15 10:15:422019-03-15 10:15:50Friday Photo: sunset in Denmark
Fly 20 miles west of Copenhagen, Denmark, and you'll find a beautiful coastline of islands and peninsulas. That's where Natalie Kjaergaard was flying in her Aeroprakt A22 one afternoon when she took this beautiful photo of the sun going down over the water. Another classic sunset view from the left seat.
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For John Banas, this flight was anything but routine. As he describes, it was the "first time my wife went flying with me. She’s somewhat of a white knuckle flyer, but she was thrilled with the view from the little Skyhawk. Chicago seems to be laid out specifically for people why fly GA aircraft at night."
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/06153636/oakland-clouds-600.jpg 450 600 Scott Monroe https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Scott Monroe2019-03-01 09:54:422019-03-01 10:00:13Friday Photo: an ocean of clouds
Sometimes the sun and clouds combine for the perfect cockpit view. That's what helicopter pilot Scott Monroe saw on this day over Oakland, California. The rolling wave of clouds was highlighted by a low sun angle and framed perfectly by Mt. Diablo in the background. For folks on the ground, it just looked like a cloudy day.