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Flying over Amsterdam isn't easy, but Gerhard van Roon says he wouldn't trade it for anything: "once over the target and the safety pilot has taken the yoke with me hanging with my cameras out of the window, I am sure that there isn't a job in the world as beautiful and satisfying as mine!" As this week's Friday photo shows, he does have quite the view.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/06164452/mount-shasta-wing-700.jpg 525 700 Dale Morris https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Dale Morris2017-04-21 11:28:372017-04-21 11:28:53Friday Photo: Mt. Shasta off the wing
Mount Shasta is a stunning sight from any altitude, but when it's passing off the right wing the towering peak looks particularly good. That's exactly the picture Dale Morris captured from his RV-6A on a sightseeing flight with his wife.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/06164626/Norway-island-AF.jpg 450 600 Thor Fredrik Eie https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Thor Fredrik Eie2017-04-14 14:50:402017-09-06 12:17:43Friday Photo: Helgeland coast in Norway
One of the best parts of our Friday Photo series is the wide variety of locations we get to share. This week's photo is a great example: Thor Fredrik Eie took this beautiful picture of Torghatten in northern Norway on a recent sightseeing flight. The rocky coast and the blue skies make for a unique view over the nose of his Cessna.
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The flight started out as an early evening flight to just go flying. I stopped and refueled at Ak Chin just as the sun was getting low on the horizon. I departed for KCHD in time to catch this fantastic sunset over Maricopa. It reminded me of the Arizona flag.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/06164703/Baron-descent-clouds.jpg 450 600 Kevin Olsen https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Kevin Olsen2017-03-31 12:01:052017-03-31 12:01:13Friday Photo: sunshine over a Baron wing
Combine a beautiful airplane and Mother Nature and sometimes you get a stunning view. Kevin Olsen snapped this photo while descending into Palm Beach in a Baron. As he says, "Even though I've been flying for over 50 years, I continue to be humbled and amazed at images like this. Such power and beauty."
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This year at a pre-Christmas party, Lauren asked if I wanted to go flying the next day! Did I ever! I am an east coast 172 pilot, so this was a thrill. The plan was to fly to Big Bear Lake for fun, but it was IFR and below minimums. The snow showers over the San Gabriel mountains were astounding to see, and quite beautiful.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/06164911/Lake-Isabella.jpg 450 600 Craig Narr https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Craig Narr2017-03-17 10:28:162017-03-17 10:29:37Friday Photo: Isabella Lake
A hundred miles north of Los Angeles lies the beautiful Isabella Lake, nestled against the Sierra Nevada mountains. In addition to the scenery, the area also boasts a nice airport restaurant at the Kern Valley Airport. That's where Craig Narr was headed in his Cessna 310 when he took this week's Friday Photo. The snow-capped peaks tower over the scenic lake, and you can just barely see the airport on the northern shore of the lake.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/06164950/Flying-over-mountains.jpg 377 600 Cory Kittle https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Cory Kittle2017-03-10 10:07:052017-03-10 10:08:40Friday Photo: Cessna 180 in Alaska
This week's Friday Photo was taken from the cockpit, as usual. But in addition to Mother Nature's natural beauty, it also shows another airplane: pilot Cory Kittle's friend flying a Cessna 180 over Prince William Sound. The combination of crystal clear blue skies, a classic bush plane and the snowy mountain peaks makes this picture the epitome of Alaska flying.
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Greg Chestnut was flying his Cessna 182 to Alamosa, Colorado, for avionics work when he passed over the Great Sand Dunes National Park. His photo captures the almost-surreal scene, with the Rockies towering over remote dunes, the tallest sand dunes in North America. Just another unique view that only an airplane offers.
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California pilot Rick Torres shares this week's cockpit photo, and it's a unique place. The Grand Island Mansion was once a celebrity destination in California. Today, the lush grounds take you back in a time portal to the speakeasy days of the 1930s. You can just imagine the famous guests arriving by paddle boat for an extravagant weekend.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/06165059/Merchant-cockpit-photo.jpg 450 600 Gerard Merchant https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Gerard Merchant2017-02-17 10:24:172017-09-06 13:57:39Friday Photo: Glass House Mountains, Australia
The Sunshine Coast in Australia is a beautiful place to fly, and Gerard Merchant captures the scenery beautifully in this Friday Photo, taken from the cockpit of his Cessna 172. The Glass House Mountains, a group of hills that pop up from the coastal plains of Queensland, are draped in shadow as the early morning sun breaks through the clouds.
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Taking a son or daughter for a first flight in a general aviation airplane is enough to make a flight memorable. For pilot Eric Villiger, though, his sunset flight in his Cessna 150 was even better because his daughter shot this beautiful picture on final for runway 25 at Indy Regional Airport. The lights of the runway contrast against the warm colors of the sunset to make a gorgeous view.
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Wow, this was an crisp and beautifully clear morning for my second solo cross country flight. The marshes of southern Louisiana and Texas fade into the Gulf of Mexico. This was my first time into Galveston Scholes Airport and doing it solo was a great confidence builder.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/06165333/Colorado-mountains-snow.jpg 450 600 Dan Littmann https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Dan Littmann2017-01-27 09:35:272017-01-27 10:14:13Friday Photo: San Juan Mountains
Sometimes waiting is the smart thing to do. Dan Littmann spent an extra day at the FBO before taking off for Oklahoma in his Cessna 182, and was rewarded with this beautiful view of the San Juan Mountains topped with snow. Most importantly, he had a safe flight. As Dan says, "it's better to arrive alive."
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/06165344/Vancouver-sunset-over-mountains.jpg 450 600 Joel Gagnon https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Joel Gagnon2017-01-20 14:40:552017-01-20 14:40:55Friday Photo: mountain sunset over Vancouver
Is that beautiful shot from deep in the wilderness? No. Actually, Joel Gagnon captured this snowy sunset over Vancouver. As he says, it's very rewarding to "enjoy the freedom and wilderness so close to the city."
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Danish pilot Andreas Christensen and his wife were flying their Diamond DA-40 to a birthday party when he snapped this colorful picture. It shows the island of Funen, with yellow fields and green trees nestled against the sea. The warm colors contrast nicely with the sleek wing of the Diamond.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/06165451/Caleb-instruction-from-dad.jpg 450 600 Shaun Eckels https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Shaun Eckels2017-01-06 09:47:092017-01-04 09:48:33Friday Photo: Lessons from Dad
My Grandpa and Dad learned to fly in short wing Pipers. Then my Dad taught my two brothers and me to fly in short wing Pipers as well. Now my son Caleb wants to learn to fly so what better airplane than another short wing Piper to learn in - a Piper Vagabond.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/06165520/attic-insulation.jpg 450 600 Larry Brock https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Larry Brock2016-12-30 09:17:002016-12-23 15:17:41Friday Photo: attic insulation in the sky
Larry Brock was flying home to Williston, Florida in his M20F Mooney when he looked out the window and saw a beautiful sight. Beneath the bright Florida sun, the white, puffy clouds reminded him of attic insulation. As he says, that's sort of what they are.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/06165521/IMG_0423_2.jpg 478 640 Larry Emmons https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Larry Emmons2016-12-23 10:05:212016-12-23 10:05:21Friday Photo: nature’s beauty and danger
Weather is a constant challenge for pilots, but every once in a while, it's also responsible for great beauty. This week's Friday photo was taken from Larry Emmons's Cirrus SR22, while flying home to Denver from Mexico. His view was of a dark cloud and a rain shower over New Mexico, but also of a beautiful rainbow.
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It's an airport that should be on every pilot's bucket list: First Flight Airport at Kill Devil Hills, NC. Steve Ellis captured the sight from his RV-4 on a day trip to the airport, which perfectly shows the Wright Brothers monument in the foreground and the runway behind it.