https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/06143839/Oregon-Benjaminson.jpg 450 600 Eric Benjaminson https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg 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.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/06143851/Virginia-sunrise.jpg 600 600 Thomas Dorl https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Thomas Dorl2020-10-09 09:08:382020-10-06 17:47:17Friday Photo: sunrise over Virginia
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-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/06143859/Keys-from-left-seat.jpg 450 600 David Meece https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg 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-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/06143928/Challenger-sunset-small.jpg 300 651 Kent Meyer https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg 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-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/06144010/Puget-Sound.jpg 450 600 Kevin Knight https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg 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-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/06144044/IMG_0480.jpg 720 960 Harvey Swift https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg 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.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/06144050/tied-down-storm.jpg 349 600 Santiago Arbelaez https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Santiago Arbelaez2020-09-04 10:01:292020-09-04 10:01:23Friday Photo: safe from the storm
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-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/06144104/Sunrise-Weissel.jpg 400 600 Gary Weissel https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg 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.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/06144145/Rain-cloud.jpg 450 600 Mark Nye https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Mark Nye2020-08-21 09:01:522020-08-11 16:32:57Friday Photo: a busy rain cloud
I was flying up to our family cottage in Gravenhurst, Ontario. The visibility was excellent and there were lots of fluffy white cumuliform clouds starting to tower up all around. This one caught my eye because it was pretty much on its own and it was producing a strong column of rain.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/06144205/Island-from-208.jpg 338 600 Emiliano Beltramone https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Emiliano Beltramone2020-08-14 08:46:312020-08-04 16:03:56Friday Photo: Indonesian island off the wing
Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, with over 17,000 total islands. Emiliano Beltramone captured a picturesque one from the right seat of a Cessna Caravan in this week's Friday Photo. The remote island with tree-covered hills and a lagoon looks right out of a postcard.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/06144216/Storm-off-left.jpg 450 600 Rob Schneeweiss https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Rob Schneeweiss2020-08-07 08:57:082020-07-29 17:22:48Friday Photo: an advancing storm
I was on the first leg of my long solo cross-country, where the route was FMY-OBE-PGD-FMY. The storm was forecast to stay west of OBE, and this picture was taken as the storm cut off my path to OBE. I had clear skies to my right, so I executed a 180-degree turn to the right and returned to FMY from the southwest while remaining clear of clouds. I repeated the flight the following day to completion.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/06144252/Barron-both-1.jpg 919 600 Mark Barron https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Mark Barron2020-07-31 09:10:502020-07-24 17:23:24Friday Photo: Father’s Day Flying Fun Times Two
This Father's Day will be hard to top. Two years ago I surprised my Dad and landed in his back yard on Father's Day morning for coffee. During coffee I asked him if he would ever fly with me. He said "No freaking way!" But I guess he had a change of heart... here's proof that he flew with me two years later to the day.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/06144325/R44-rain.jpg 400 600 John Grasberger https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg John Grasberger2020-07-24 09:09:072020-07-20 18:29:51Friday Photo: dodging storms in an R44 helicopter
Avoiding thunderstorms in a helicopter is different than an airplane. Instead of weaving around building cumulus clouds up high, it often means weaving around dark rain shafts. This picture of an imposing storm over Colorado shows this procedure in action, as John Grasberger flew his Robinson R44 home from Oshkosh.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/06144333/609-in-flight.jpg 398 600 Jay Miller https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Jay Miller2020-07-17 08:54:462020-07-08 18:23:00Friday Photo: tilt-rotor formation
During February of 2015 I was called in by Don Barbour of Leonardo Helicopters to photograph the company’s newly-acquired-from-Agusta-Bell Model 609 prototype in advance of the then-upcoming Heli-Expo event in Orlando, Florida. The aircraft was being repainted in Eastern and Bristow (both prospective buyers at the time) markings in order to provide a fresh perspective for the event.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/06144505/172-Argentina.jpg 450 600 Agustin Rubinos https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Agustin Rubinos2020-07-10 09:28:502020-07-01 17:48:21Friday Photo: vuelos divertidos
With small action cameras like the GoPro finding their way into many flight bags, pilots have a new perspective to share with the world. In this beautiful picture, Agustin Rubiños shows the wingtip view of his Cessna 172 as he cruises over the Pampas plain in South America.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/06144512/210-badlands.jpg 800 600 Fred Herman https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Fred Herman2020-07-03 09:20:212020-07-03 09:21:42Friday Photo: New Mexico badlands
The American West is an amazing mosaic landscape of deserts, mountains, rock formations, and barren nothingness. Flying a cross-country trip over much of it was a personal dream of mine come true. At the time, I was still in training for my instrument rating, and this trip gave me an excellent dose of real-world flying experience.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/06144530/A-Close-Encounter-600.jpg 450 600 Elliott Meisel https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Elliott Meisel2020-06-26 09:22:162020-06-19 17:45:39Friday Photo: a close encounter
"Nature's art gallery." That's what Elliott Meisel calls the view most pilots enjoy. In this example, the view isn't necessarily beautiful or calming, but it is awe-inspiring. Meisel captured this photo as he deviated around some storms in his 2006 Cessna 172. A close encounter, but not too close.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/06144543/Liberty-Aviation-Museum-600.jpg 600 600 Tim Hornyak https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Tim Hornyak2020-06-19 09:14:042020-06-10 15:55:36Friday Photo: lunch at the Tin Goose Diner
The Erie-Ottawa International Airport in Port Clinton, Ohio, is a great stop for general aviation pilots. The views of nearby Lake Erie make for a great low-level flight, the Liberty Aviation Museum brings World War II history to life, and the Tin Goose Diner is an authentic 1950s restaurant. Tim Hornyak captures the view from the ramp, with his beautiful AA-1 Yankee in front of it.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/06144636/Chicago-skyline.jpg 512 640 Bob Hamilton https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Bob Hamilton2020-06-12 09:35:532020-06-02 14:21:20Friday Photo: Chicago on a clear day
I was on a return flight, mid morning, deadheading back after an early Angel Flight. Downtown Chicago was basking in the morning sun and it was an excellent photo op. Soldier Field, the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, and Grant Park in the foreground and Willis (Sears) Tower to the John Hancock in the background.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/06144641/P-38-at-600.jpg 436 600 Jay Miller https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Jay Miller2020-06-05 09:01:392020-05-28 14:32:14Friday Photo: P-38 Lightning
This Lockheed P-38L Lightning now is part of the “Flying Bulls” collection under the very wide Salzburg, Austria-based Red Bull corporate umbrella. It has had a long and highly public career that spans some three-quarters of a century. Built in 1944 and given serial number 44-53254, it was purchased surplus for $1,250 from the War Department.