https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/06153725/IMG_0098-600.jpg 450 600 Aaron Ochsner https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Aaron Ochsner2019-02-22 09:16:222019-02-22 09:16:45Friday Photo: Swiss peaks on a solo cross-country
This week's Friday Photo comes from Aaron Ochsner, who says, "When I was a kid, I used to hike up this mountain every weekend with my dad (you can see the trail snaking up the side). Today I got a bird’s eye view of that same peak. Soon I’ll be able to take my dad up to see it with me."
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/06153858/Lear-45-on-top-800.jpg 600 800 Paul Bowen https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Paul Bowen2019-02-15 07:44:562019-02-15 07:45:11Friday Photo: FL430 from a Lear 45XR
Paul Bowen says, "This was taken on my first ever flight in the Lear 45 since my sim training at CAE Dallas West. Watching the sun set from 43,000ft on your first ever real jet flight is a truly unforgettable experience. And what better aircraft that the truly iconic Lear!"
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/06153918/chicago-sunset.jpg 450 600 Scott Fernandez https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Scott Fernandez2019-02-08 08:41:172019-02-08 08:56:57Friday Photo: Chicago sunset
Why we fly - that's Scott Fernandez's three word summary of this photo, and it explains pretty well the magic of being a pilot. Watching the last light fade from the western sky as you climb out in a light airplane is both exciting and peaceful, and it is indeed why we fly.
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/06154011/t-34s-600.jpg 450 600 Gabriel Freijo https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Gabriel Freijo2019-02-01 10:06:152019-02-01 10:06:50Friday Photo: T-34 formation
The T-34 Mentor has a long history as a military trainer, and training is exactly what Facha Reynaldez and Gabriel Freijo were doing when this photo was taken. But instead of a single T-34, this photo shows off four of them in formation over a dam south of Córdoba State, Argentina. The water an the sky are both blue, both the pilots were too busy watching their wingman to notice.
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/06154033/LakeEildon-small.jpg 1067 800 Neil Sidwell https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Neil Sidwell2019-01-25 12:21:532019-01-25 12:22:23Friday Photo: Australian lake
Australia is famous for its varied terrain, from beaches to mountains to deserts. In this Friday Photo from Down Under, Neil Sidwell shares a photo of Lake Eildon. This sprawling, man-made lake northeast of Melbourne is nestled in between the 3,000 foot peaks of the surrounding mountains, all part of Lake Eildon National Park.
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/06154112/Caravan-Cincinnati-night-1.jpg 450 600 Peter Schmotzer https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Peter Schmotzer2019-01-18 10:01:422019-01-18 10:02:02Friday Photo: Cincinnati from a Caravan
They call it the office with a view, and for freight pilots that means a lot of night views. For Peter Schmotzer, a beautiful view of the Ohio River snaking through Cincinnati at night was just another day at the office. At least when your office is a Cessna Caravan.
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/06154228/af-phone-in-cockpit.jpg 450 600 Dan Littmann https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Dan Littmann2019-01-11 09:52:152019-01-11 09:52:24Friday Photo: steam gauges or glass?
Pilots often argue whether new digital displays are better or worse than traditional round instruments. This photo from EAA AirVenture adds a new twist to the long-running debate. At least in this case, the younger generation is voting for glass!
https://media.airfactsjournal.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.
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/06154308/rainbowcolombia.jpg 450 600 Santiago Arbelaez https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Santiago Arbelaez2018-12-28 08:33:182018-12-28 08:34:05Friday Photo: a wingtip rainbow in Colombia
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://media.airfactsjournal.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.
https://media.airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/06154435/Chantilly-castle.jpg 450 600 Philippe Platek https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Philippe Platek2018-12-14 10:07:212018-12-14 17:23:55Friday Photo: a French chateau from the air
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://media.airfactsjournal.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://media.airfactsjournal.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://media.airfactsjournal.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://media.airfactsjournal.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://media.airfactsjournal.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://media.airfactsjournal.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://media.airfactsjournal.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://media.airfactsjournal.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://media.airfactsjournal.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.