https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/06141435/Witte-Mt-Rainier.jpg 450 600 Duncan Witte https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Duncan Witte2021-09-17 08:15:422021-09-17 10:15:30Friday Photo: Mt. Rainier on Victor 4
I’ve always thought Mt. Rainier to be the most beautiful of the major Cascade peaks. I climbed the mountain in 1972 (I was younger then!), and have wanted to do a fly-by ever since I learned to fly many years later. The weather and ATC cooperated for this view of the north side of the mountain.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/06141512/Slavonik-600.jpg 450 600 Tom Slavonik https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Tom Slavonik2021-09-10 08:16:562021-08-31 16:56:20Friday Photo: New Mexico view
The American West serves up stunning views every day of the year. Tom Slavonik was ferrying a Cessna 182 from Colorado to California when he caught one of those views. Just north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the combination of fields, mountains, clouds, and sun combined for quite a photo.
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Sometimes pilots have a wingman, one they don't know about until the last minute. Santiago Arbelaez discovered that when he was about to land on runway 9L at Opa Locka Airport in Florida. His Cessna 172 was losing the race to his shadow, which was just over the numbers.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/06141551/Hopp-sunset.jpg 450 600 Jim Hopp https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Jim Hopp2021-08-27 08:15:262021-08-23 17:31:43Friday Photo: Salinas sunset
Sunsets from the air are almost always memorable, but add in the right cloud layer and the view becomes magical. That's what Jim Hopp captures in this Friday Photo. As he broke out of the clouds on an Angel Flight, he was greeted with the perfect view.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/06141633/Johnson-sunset-600.jpg 450 600 Dave Johnson https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Dave Johnson2021-08-20 08:04:032021-08-23 09:16:19Friday Photo: a perfect picture over Nebraska
Instrument proficiency flights don't have to be boring, as Dave Johnson discovered on this flight. He was knocking the rust off in his Bonanza when he snapped this gorgeous photo of the sun lighting up a high cloud layer.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/06141717/granddaughter-sleeping.jpg 450 600 Mark Fay https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Mark Fay2021-08-13 08:04:142021-08-23 09:16:52Friday Photo: granddaughter’s first flight
Grandkids and airplanes are a lot of fun. Put them together and great things can happen, as Mark Fay found out in this picture. As he says about flying his first granddaughter on her first flight in his Cessna 182RG: "Every reason I became a pilot came to life over these two days."
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/06141738/Cirrus-sunset.jpg 417 600 Greg Pepper https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Greg Pepper2021-08-06 08:49:432021-08-23 09:17:26Friday Photo: Texas sunset
Greg Pepper was returning to Houston from Dallas after introducing an aspiring pilot and brother to his Cirrus SR22 when he took this photo. "During a very quiet and uneventful trip home, I was awestruck by the beauty of this late fall Texas sunset." So are we.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/06141811/N931SJ-at-Tangier-small.jpg 396 600 Allen Epps https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Allen Epps2021-07-30 08:09:462021-08-23 09:19:01Friday Photo: storm over Tangier Island
Allen and Moira Epps flew their flying club's Cessna Skylane for an overnight to one of the most unique and isolated communities in America: Tangier Island, Virginia. As Allen says, it was all about "fresh made crab cakes and talking to natives whose distinct accent makes you realize their isolation."
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/06141829/sunrise-C-172.jpg 640 480 Thomas Dorl https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Thomas Dorl2021-07-23 08:48:372021-07-16 17:21:51Friday Photo: rise and shine
When the weather is nice, and it's before the time change, I take advantage of the nice weather. Here is a picture inviting everyone to aviation, a new morning, new opportunity to learn and experience aviation.
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It was May and a line of late afternoon thunderstorms was building. I requested a deviation to the left to avoid what looked like a line of clouds and through the co-pilot window caught this developing thunderhead through an opening in the clouds.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/06142000/King-Ranch-smoke-600.jpg 800 600 Dale Davis https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Dale Davis2021-07-09 09:02:002021-06-30 10:07:49Friday Photo: Texas smoke
Dale Davis uses his Cessna 206 to commute to business meetings from his home near San Antonio, which means he often sees sights like this: a large brush fire burning in the middle of the King Ranch. It's a reminder that visibility can be reduced by factors other than clouds and fog.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/06142055/Over-the-beach-600.jpg 338 600 Agustin Rubinos https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Agustin Rubinos2021-07-02 08:41:592021-06-30 15:07:31Friday Photo: feet wet
There's a moment when you transition from flying over land to flying over water ("feet wet") when your whole view changes. That's the view Agustin Rubiños captures in this Friday Photo, as his Cessna 172 cruised over the beaches in Claromeco, Argentina.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/06142128/8_1.jpg 536 780 Dale Hill https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Dale Hill2021-06-25 08:45:262021-06-15 17:45:45Friday Photo: thunderstorms over Cambodia
Picking our way through thunderstorms at 10,000 MSL over Cambodia in the late fall of 1972. Or, has John Gillespie Magee, Jr. said it in High Flight, we "...chased the shouting wind along, and flung [our] eager craft through footless halls of air..."
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/06142200/Santa-Paula-600.jpg 356 600 Patrick Coughran https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Patrick Coughran2021-06-18 08:41:192021-06-08 13:50:11Friday Photo: Santa Paula
Learning to fly at CP Aviation at KSZP has been a trip. It feels like Santa Paula is what GA used to feel like in its heyday: one small runway, one taxiway, no tower. Nothing but Cessnas, Ercoupes, Stearmans, Citabrias. Life at SZP is simple. The core ethos? The pure love of flying.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/06142227/CJ-sunset.jpg 450 600 Phelps Lane https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Phelps Lane2021-06-11 08:22:532021-06-04 16:53:40Friday Photo: CJ sunset
Sunsets are always a favorite view for pilots, but sometimes the conditions are just right. In this beautiful Friday Photo, Phelps Lane shares a photo from the left seat of a Cessna Citation CJ1+ as he descended over New Orleans. The lights are glowing in the distance, the black sky fades to blue, then orange, then red—and you can almost see the curvature of the earth.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/06142301/HUD-sunset.jpg 800 600 Brendan Donovan https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Brendan Donovan2021-06-04 08:23:492021-05-28 12:24:17Friday Photo: Gulfstream HUD
The views over Alaska are always epic, but that's especially true if you're looking through a heads-up display (HUD) in a Gulfstream G650ER. That's the picture Brendan Donovan shares this week, cruising home at FL450 on his way back from China.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/06142319/On-the-ramp.jpg 599 600 Charlie Tillett https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Charlie Tillett2021-05-28 08:41:232021-05-19 09:19:54Friday Photo: Meridian sunrise
Sunrise departure on a volunteer Angel Flight mission to help someone from Bangor, Maine, avoid the 8-hour round trip drive to Boston and get to a mid-morning medical appointment. There is no flying that I do that is more rewarding than providing a little hope to people by helping them get to medical treatment.
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An enjoyable weekend of flying and a night of camping. First leg was on Saturday, DTN to TXK (1.3 hours for a 56 nautical mile trip!) for a fly-in hosted by EAA Chapter 1582. Left there and headed for 01TS, with a fuel stop at F44. I caught the last hour of a fly-in at 01TS, complete with burgers, ice cream, and some good people. The owner welcomed me to camp out under a big oak tree.
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Descending into Medellin, Colombia, in his Cessna Skywagon, Santiago Rendón snapped this artistic picture of the Cerro Tusa mountain peak. As he says, "Mountains, clouds, and sunset light produces a mixture of feelings that explains why you love to fly!"
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142540/Engine-out.jpg 533 800 WB Johnson https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg WB Johnson2021-05-07 08:54:442021-04-28 16:26:59Friday Photo: something looks wrong
We were flying home to Springfield, MO, from Flying Cloud in Minneapolis. I was bringing my son (an airline pilot) and his family home for Thanksgiving on a bitterly cold Thanksgiving Day. Our Cessna 414 brought us home without incident, but it was a costly trip (the turbocharger went to lunch without us, and my son couldn't resist a snapshot).