Fred Olson was flying from Osceola, Iowa to Harrison, Arkansas on a fairly dreary day when he saw a beautiful shaft of light breaking through the clouds and took this photo. It’s a reminder that aviation delivers stunning views even on cloudy days.
For Erich Gleckler, views like this are called “Magical Cub Moments.” The runway is in sight, the panel is basic, the sun is low – and the weekend is off to a great start. After learning to fly a J-3 from his father, moments like this come often for Erich, where the airplane opens up a view of nature that you just can’t find on the ground.
My wife and I love to explore the Southwest US in search of great hiking. Last year we made an impromptu trip to Sedona from our home base in Los Angeles. Our Mooney cut the 8-hour drive to a beautiful 2-hour flight, allowing us to easily make this trip over a weekend. We were treated to this perfect view on our departure, reminding us that we need to return soon.
There is absolutely nothing better than a taildragger on a grass strip. In this gorgeous, 2-for-1 Friday Photo, Christine Shumway Mortine shares some pictures from a quick lunch flight to Swank Field and reminds us all of how good the flying can be in fall.
An air-to-air photo shoot turned into a memorable shot for pilots Jim David and Bill Smith. Here, Smith captures a busy scene, with David’s Cessna 182 cruising over downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. The photo includes the city’s football stadium, basketball arena, and famous racetrack.
It’s been over 35 years since its last major eruption, but Mount St. Helens is still churning beneath the surface. You wouldn’t know it from this peaceful Friday Photo, though. Joe Moilanen was flying a Cessna 170 past the northeast side of the snowy peak when this photo was taken.
A special Friday Photo this week, as longtime contributor Tony Vallillo shares three of his favorite shots from his 31 years as an airline pilot. The list includes a beautiful picture of New York, an Airbus A340 from underneath, and a Boeing 767 in loose formation over the North Atlantic.
What’s the most fun you can have in a small airplane? The list is long, but flying a seaplane should be near the top. In this week’s photo, Richard Gentil takes us to seaplane Mecca – Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base. The photo shows him taxiing out in a J-3 Cub for a lesson at this famous Florida school.
This isn’t your typical Friday Photo. Reuben Keim shares a shot from the tail of his Cessna 182 as he soared over Laurel River Lake at 7500 feet. The sky is blue, the visibility is fantastic and the flying was good – everything for a good day in the air.
Sometimes it’s the simple flights that deliver the best views. In this Friday Photo, college student Steven Myers shares a beautiful sunset over Orlando, Florida, from his Cessna 172. He captured the scene while doing some pattern work.
Jim Yares took this photo while flying his Cirrus from Buchanan Field in Concord, CA, to North Las Vegas, NV, via the famous “Trona Corridor” — a VFR path cut through the Edwards Air Force Base complex. This is a great way to get from Northern California to Las Vegas without going high over the hostile mountain terrain of the central Sierra Nevada.
Santiago, Chile’s capital and largest city, has a memorable skyline – not for the buildings, but for the snow-capped Andes that tower over the city. Gaspar Galaz was flying his Piper Archer over the city on a beautiful day when he snapped this photo of the scene. It’s this week’s Friday Photo.
Some student pilots have a unique perspective on learning to fly. In this week’s Friday photo, Jason Clishe says, “As a student pilot and photographer, views like this are one of the many things that get me excited about aviation.”
How do you celebrate Christmas Day? For Dave Kramer, there’s no better way than to go flying. He took this photo from the cockpit of a Citabria, as he cruised over San Francisco Bay on Christmas Day, enjoying the beauty and peacefulness that pilots love so much.
The sun is a talented artist, especially at dawn and dusk. This week’s Friday Photo shows how the canvas is often an airplane, not just the surrounding clouds or earth below. Jeff Greer snapped this photo of the King Air he was flying as the sun painted it a beautiful shade of pinkish orange. Another memorable view that’s only available in the air.
Flying offers some great views – even if you’re not the one flying. In this week’s Friday Photo, Carlos Gonzalez captures an amazing view of scenic Catalina Island, just off the coast of Southern California. As the marine layer covers the Pacific Ocean, the hilly island sticks up out of the mist, like an aircraft carrier in the clouds.
High wing airplanes make for great picture frames. In this Friday Photo, the sun sets over the Olympic Mountains as Steve Phoenix cruises along in his Piper Pacer. The sun is framed between the struts, while the light bounces off the water of Puget Sound below. Peaceful, beautiful, and exactly what makes flying so rewarding.
Passing through the CTR of Schiphol, one of the busiest airports in Europe, is a granted privilege for private pilots who are familiair with the CTR of EHAM. Preparation is key – knowing which runways are in use, wind direction, etc. – so that controllers can give direct commands which are followed promptly.
Ayers Rock is a famous sandstone monolith in the remote Northern Territory of Australia. It’s a popular tourist destination, but it’s difficult to reach by car. In an airplane, however, it is a scenic and unforgettable flight, as Bob Main shows in this week’s Friday Photo. He calls it, “the trip of a lifetime.”
New York has one of the most famous skylines in the world, and there’s no better way to see it than from the cockpit of an airplane. Jody Kochansky was lucky enough to get a view of Manhattan from his Cirrus SR-20 on a perfectly clear day, and he shares it in this week’s Friday Photo.