https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/06140241/Camping-beach-small.jpg 338 600 Gary Lanthrum https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Gary Lanthrum2022-02-25 08:05:522022-02-21 16:16:52Friday Photo: a lonely airplane in the desert
I flew to the remote Alvord Desert to camp under the stars in a dark sky. It was dark, but storm clouds blocked the stars each night. The days were filled with the subtle beauty of desert mirages and absolute silence. A real dose of solitude.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/06140318/Virga.jpg 450 600 Joe Kiely https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Joe Kiely2022-02-11 08:39:002022-02-10 16:10:30Friday Photo: Virga over the Adirondacks
Southwest of Burlington, Vermont (BTV), I was being vectored to the west by ATC and this startling image caught my attention. The compelling Adirondacks hiding the setting sun and isolated rain showers and columns of virga—all for free (almost).
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/06140403/Baron-sunset.jpg 450 600 Ron Kunse https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Ron Kunse2022-01-28 08:38:392022-01-18 17:35:54Friday Photo: Baron sunset
The ingredients for a perfect sunset picture include a few things: good color, a higher cloud deck to reflect the light, and a wing perfectly centered under the sun. Ron Kunse has all three in this Friday Photo, which he took while flying over Lansing, Michigan, on an early December day.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/06140437/Oregon-wildfires.jpg 479 600 Chad Chase https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Chad Chase2022-01-14 08:15:332022-01-11 11:18:36Friday Photo: Oregon wildfires
When seen from the air, wildfires can look like living creatures—and ruin in-flight visibility. That's the view in this week's Friday Photo, as a wildfire in Oregon spews smoke high into the sky. Chad Chase was flying his Cirrus SR22 from California to Portland when he found himself deviating around no less than three wildfires.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/06140451/Night-on-ramp.jpg 800 600 Kevin Knight https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Kevin Knight2022-01-07 08:05:232021-12-22 17:46:42Friday Photo: night on the flightline
While walking to my hangar at 10pm to retrieve my car, I saw this lonely 172 on the flight line with the moon illuminating it. The temperature was 33 degrees F, extremely humid, and really uncomfortable. Like me, I suspect the plane wanted to warm up and head somewhere else. Even planes get lonely.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/06140518/Granelli-ocean.jpg 450 600 Chris Granelli https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Chris Granelli2021-12-31 08:16:242021-12-22 11:02:30Friday Photo: beached ship
The final portion of the stricken cargo ship Golden Ray, which beached there in September 2019 (just days after my family and I finished a week’s vacation there) can be seen inside the “ropes,” mid-mouth of the channel. It was gone two days later, per another friend.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/06140532/rainbow-ground.jpg 800 600 Parvez Dara https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Parvez Dara2021-12-24 08:35:132021-12-22 09:53:25Friday Photo: cloud-to-ground rainbow
Parvez Dara was flying a G36 Bonanza from Wichita back to New Jersey when he caught this beautiful sight. A vivid rainbow, reaching all the way to the ground, is highlighted by some late afternoon sun rays. It looks even better from the left seat than on the ground.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/06140706/falls_and_hood-600.jpg 800 600 Steven Splonskowski https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Steven Splonskowski2021-12-17 08:06:522021-12-08 17:37:14Friday Photo: fall in Oregon
The Pacific Northwest serves up some beautiful views year-round, but fall is a particularly photogenic season. Steve Splonskowski shows off one of these views in this Friday Photo, with Wilamette Falls in the foreground and Mount Hood in the background. It's the perfect vista to enjoy from a Taylorcraft.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/06140718/Sidwell-600.jpg 800 600 Neil Sidwell https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Neil Sidwell2021-12-10 08:00:332021-12-06 11:34:54Friday Photo: a patchwork quilt
While enjoying his first flight after the lifting of COVID restrictions, Australian pilot Neil Sidwell took this photo from his ICP Savannah. As he says, the view was full of color: "Yellow canola, brown ploughed fields, green grass, and dark green wooded hills in the background melding into a patchwork quilt."
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/06140808/Pacer-parked.jpg 390 600 Santiago Arbelaez https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Santiago Arbelaez2021-12-03 08:05:042021-11-26 11:19:34Friday Photo: Pacer parked at 8432 ft. MSL
The Piper Pacer isn't known as a high performance, high altitude airplane, but Santiago Arbelaez didn't let that stop him. In this Friday Photo he shows his 1954 PA-22 parked at Las Acacias, Colombia, with a field elevation over 8000 feet. Not a bad place to stop while you tour the Andes.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/06140830/Balloons.jpg 800 600 Alexander Steinhorst https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Alexander Steinhorst2021-11-26 08:48:332021-11-17 14:12:08Friday Photo: balloons at 9 o’clock
Traffic is hard to spot sometimes, but not when it's a hot-air balloon. German pilot Alexander Steinhorst shares exactly that view in this Friday Photo, with two large balloons off the left wing of his Aquila A211. It was obviously a great evening to fly—for airplanes and balloons alike.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/06140855/Reno.jpg 800 600 George Catalano https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg George Catalano2021-11-19 08:25:312021-11-12 15:51:06Friday Photo: lenticular clouds at Reno
Sometimes the best place to experience the power of Mother Nature is on the ground. That's what George Catalano shares in this Friday Photo, as some beautiful but intimidating lenticular clouds tower over the 2021 Reno Air Races. All the races were cancelled this day, and the clouds suggest why: high winds and rough rides.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/06140939/Sound-sunset-600.jpg 800 600 Frank Facchetti https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Frank Facchetti2021-11-12 08:11:202021-11-04 14:08:49Friday Photo: Sound Sunset
I am a lucky man. I live on Cape Cod and had a dinner date on Nantucket with my 8-year old granddaughter. Flying home, we encountered a beautifully calm summer evening and this view over Nantucket Sound. Martha’s Vineyard is visible in the left of the photo and Cape Cod to the right. With sights like this I am bound to piqued her interest in the wonders of aviation… I hope!
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/06140957/Denali-600.jpg 800 600 Craig Bixby https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Craig Bixby2021-11-05 08:19:022021-10-27 17:04:26Friday Photo: Denali
Denali is the highest mountain peak in North America, but it's surprisingly easy to see—thanks to airplanes like the Turbine Otter. That's the view Craig Bixby shares in this Friday Photo, with the snow-capped mountain peak framed under the wing of the rugged bush plane. Definitely a must-see on any trip to Alaska.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/06141021/King-Air-on-ramp-600.jpg 284 600 Daniel Schwerzmann https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Daniel Schwerzmann2021-10-29 08:09:012021-10-22 15:36:27Friday Photo: the king is ready
Daniel Schwerzmann gets to fly King Airs around the Swiss Alps, which as he says, "can be very tricky and challenging." The reward for safely navigating the picturesque mountains is often a photo like this: the heat from the ramp steams the water from a recent storm at Gstaad Airport. Proof that great aviation pictures can happen on the ground.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/06141058/Pyramids-HUD.jpg 338 600 Richard Pittet https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Richard Pittet2021-10-22 08:09:402021-10-15 16:54:08Friday Photo: pyramids of Giza from a 787
While flying six miles above Egypt, airline pilots Richard Pittet and Luc Martineau captured this wild juxtaposition. The pyramids at Giza, built almost entirely by hand some 4500 years ago, is seen through the heads-up display on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. How far we've come.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/06141254/Shelf-cloud.jpg 800 600 Bruddy Cravens https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Bruddy Cravens2021-10-15 08:14:362021-10-15 08:55:29Friday Photo: fog rolls in
Here in Florida we experience the beauty of some of the best weather views quite often, especially as winter turns to fall (which is rather quick as our winter lasts about an hour... sure seems that way!). The phenomenon of sea fog can turn a bright, sunny, warmer day into a blanket of fog in minutes. The airport is roughly 16 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico. I followed the fog as it moved inland and as I was on short final I saw it start to roll back into the sky as it met the warmer air. This is one of the results.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/06141214/Sedona-600.jpg 500 600 William Scherer https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg William Scherer2021-10-08 08:15:442021-10-08 09:26:22Friday Photo: Sedona sunset
There's a reason Cathedral Rock, near Sedona, Arizona, is called "the most photographed mountain in the world." This natural sandstone butte is a stunning sight any time of day, but as William Scherer makes clear in this Friday Photo, the setting sun adds a whole new dimension. Thank goodness for airplanes with high wings and big windows!
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/06141401/Platek-600.jpg 450 600 Philippe Platek https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Philippe Platek2021-10-01 08:11:072021-09-21 12:07:30Friday Photo: Le Bourget Lake
Even a simple airplane like the Cessna 152 can take you to some amazing places, as Phillippe Platek shows in this Friday Photo. His picture shows Le Bourget Lake in the French Alps, with snowy mountain peaks in the background and rolling green hills in the foreground. Another winning day for general aviation.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/06141415/CO-Forest-Fire-2020-10-16-600.jpg 450 600 Dave Lennox https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Dave Lennox2021-09-24 08:01:472021-09-16 17:23:22Friday Photo: deviating around a forest fire
As we were approaching Denver airspace, we asked to deviate to left to avoid what looked like an unpredicted storm coming in from the northwest. The controller suggested there was no storm activity in the area, but permitted the deviation anyway. Not until that evening, did we understand why we also detected a faint smell of smoke.