https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/PTK-sunset.jpg 338 600 Tim Crawford https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Tim Crawford2021-01-08 08:54:182020-12-23 14:53:03Friday Photo: Pure Michigan sunset
You've probably seen the ads for Pure Michigan, promoting the state's natural beauty. That's what came to mind for Tim Crawford after taking this shot. He stopped to capture the moment after a Father's Day flight, with his Diamond DA40 in the foreground and the setting sun lighting up the background.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/foggy-sunrise.jpg 450 600 Doran Jaffas https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Doran Jaffas2021-01-01 08:58:362020-12-21 15:43:14Friday Photo: a foggy sunrise at the airport
Sunrise is a magical time, but that's especially true at an airport in the fall. Doran Jaffas perfectly captures the peaceful and enchanting scene in this photo. His Wittman W-8 Tailwind sits ready to go, as the morning fog begins to burn off. The only reaction is, "let's go flying!"
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/inversion-Hackney-600.jpg 450 600 Mike Hackney https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Mike Hackney2020-12-25 08:31:542020-12-15 17:41:24Friday photo: above the thermal layer
Cruising along at 8500 feet in his Tecnam P2008, Mike Hackney captured this beautiful and slightly strange photo. As he says, "The optical illusion was of a lake covered by a sheet of ice, and the cloud tops emerging. This went on for an hour of flight time. Simply beautiful."
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Miami-TBM.jpg 366 600 Omar Haedo https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Omar Haedo2020-12-18 09:22:322020-12-10 15:47:15Friday Photo: Dominican Republic from a TBM
The view from the cockpit of a TBM 910 as it cruises along in the flight levels is usually pretty good, but sometimes it's great. Omar Haedo captured one of these unique views as he flew home to Miami, with the sun reflecting off the Caribbean Sea and the cumulus clouds building over the Dominican Republic.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/X3-1001-600.jpg 400 600 Jay Miller https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Jay Miller2020-12-11 09:09:382020-12-04 17:48:02Friday photo: Airbus X3
The X3 was unusual from many different perspectives, not the least of which being the addition of a pair of stub wings with tractor propellers at their tips. The propellers, though appearing to have their own powerplants, were actually driven by the engines that drove the main rotor.
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The Pipistrel Sinus motorglider is all about fun flying, and that's what Todd Tracy captures in this Friday Photo. His wingtip-mounted GoPro camera shows him soaring over the Everglades in Florida, with a typical summertime rain shower making itself known in the background.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Cirrus-rainbow.jpg 363 600 Ruffin Benton https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Ruffin Benton2020-11-27 09:04:262020-11-17 17:00:47Friday Photo: somewhere over the rainbow
Returning east at 11,000 feet from Saint Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, to Asheville, North Carolina, on an Angel Flight mission. Major thunderstorm activity over Knoxville. ATC queried me, “Do you want to divert north or south? Suggest south.” Good choice.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/sunset-at-airport.jpg 450 600 Tom Kingston https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Tom Kingston2020-11-20 09:13:302020-11-10 17:25:57Friday Photo: the sun sets on a rewarding flight
Sometimes you're so busy flying that you forget to take a photo until after you've landed. That's what Tom Kingston shares in this Friday Photo, but what a great way to remember a flight—a beautiful sunset in the western sky serves as a colorful reminder of a great flight in his Cessna 172.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/image.jpg 480 640 Brian Nosko https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Brian Nosko2020-11-13 09:05:312020-11-03 18:16:28Friday Photo: one last flight
As partners sharing ownership of a Nanchang CJ-6A and four and a half years and many hours of fun and adventure in the Decathlon, it was our last flight as co-owners. My longtime friend, who took this shot, had lost his medical due to a stroke.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/from-the-cockpit600.jpg 450 600 Barrie Strachan https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Barrie Strachan2020-11-06 09:14:122020-10-27 16:07:40Friday Photo: Southern Utah paradise
Just another day in the Southern Utah paradise. My buddy always says “if there’s a bump in the world, this is where you’ll find it” but this day, the air was smooth as glass.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/veryeze.jpg 391 600 Chris Priaulx https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Chris Priaulx2020-10-30 09:18:572020-10-20 14:18:37Friday Photo: Resting
Birds of a feather flock together, and you really notice it when the airplane has such a unique silhouette. Chris Priaulx saw these two airplanes on the ramp at Wendover, Utah (ENV) some years back, parked in their unique, nose-down position.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Ship-under-bridge.jpg 450 600 Bob Rantanen https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Bob Rantanen2020-10-23 09:28:182020-10-23 10:19:07Friday Photo: under the bridge
The mission on this day was to get out of the house (pandemic blues) and shoot some practice instrument approaches in typical August hot, humid southeastern Virginia weather. The pilots were rewarded with an interesting sight, as a US Navy ship was passing through the York River Coleman Bridge.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Oregon-Benjaminson.jpg 450 600 Eric Benjaminson https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Eric Benjaminson2020-10-16 09:22:242020-10-07 12:06:14Friday Photo: morning over the Cascades
I took an early morning summer flight across the Cascades in Oregon on a perfect morning. Unlimited visibility, no wind, an almost eerie lack of any sign of civilization. As I neared the middle of the mountain range, I saw this stunning lineup of (from the left) Mt. Jefferson, Three-Fingered Jack, Mt. Washington, and two of the Three Sisters. A timeless moment that signals the best of the flying experience.
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Early morning always reminds me of a fresh start, a new day, and a chance to learn and gain experience(s) as a pilot. While crawling out of bed seems less than desirable at 0500, views like this are rare, priceless, and worth every effort to capture aviation moments in time like this.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Keys-from-left-seat.jpg 450 600 David Meece https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png David Meece2020-10-02 09:48:022020-09-22 18:03:47Friday Photo: Florida Keys
We cancelled IFR west of Boca Raton and descended VFR with flight following to fly the east coast line down to the Keys and out to Marathon. ATC was unbelievable! I was handed off to FLL tower to facilitate flying through their airspace. Traffic was not bad and ADS-B In made others easy to find. Great views the whole way! Just beautiful...
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Challenger-sunset-small.jpg 300 651 Kent Meyer https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Kent Meyer2020-09-25 09:27:182020-09-15 18:12:09Friday Photo: Florida sunset
Sunsets are spectacular anytime airplanes are involved, and this Friday Photo proves that you don't even have to be flying for that to be true. Kent Meyer took this gorgeous photo as the sun set over his Challenger 350, on the ramp at Inverness, Florida. It's enough to make you want to drive to the airport and go chase the sun.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Puget-Sound.jpg 450 600 Kevin Knight https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Kevin Knight2020-09-18 08:12:152020-09-18 08:14:16Friday Photo: Puget Sound fun
Puget Sound in Washington is an ideal place for a general aviation airplane. The distances are short, but roads are few, so a quick flight can take you a world away from the busy streets of Seattle. In this picture from Kevin Knight, Mother Nature gets an assist, as the sun breaks through a broken layer of clouds, highlighting the water below.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/IMG_0480.jpg 720 960 Harvey Swift https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Harvey Swift2020-09-11 09:11:192020-09-02 15:21:53Friday Photo: thunderstorm at sunset
Harvey Swift sums it up well: "As a captain on the 737, I get to see many great sights. I managed to get a good one here." His breathtaking photo is a reminder of how beautiful—and dangerous—Mother Nature can be.
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In tropical countries storms build up very fast; you must be aware of that and take care of you and your plane. That's what Santiago Arbelaez is doing in this week's Friday Photo. It shows his 1954 Piper Pacer tied down at Tolu, Colombia, in preparation for a nasty storm.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Sunrise-Weissel.jpg 400 600 Gary Weissel https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Gary Weissel2020-08-28 08:57:462020-08-19 16:15:21Friday Photo: sunrise over Georgia
In the summer months here I love sunrise flights. It's cooler and you beat the heat, humidity, afternoon thunderstorms, and convective turbulence. It's also pretty quiet up there with little air traffic. But it requires waking up around 0500 to get to the airport early enough to catch the sunrise airborne.