Forty years in between memorable experiences in very different airplanes keeps love of flying alive for pilot.
As for so many pilots, it all started for me in a C-150. My very first flight in the small Cessna trainer was one I’ve never forgotten. In an extreme climb, my pilot friend took me high up, ending the climb with a stall. “That is what happens when you force an aircraft to stop more »
Not everyone in the world gets to be a pilot. In fact, a fraction of 1 percent of people in the United States ever get their wings, and worldwide it’s a fraction of a hundredth of a percent. Being a pilot sometimes seems common to us, because so many of our friends are pilots, and more »
You know that bucket list you have? Maybe it’s time to toss it?
Most people have some sort of bucket list. Sometimes we don’t get it on paper, but we all have goals we want to achieve or amazing feats we want to accomplish before we die. You know the list. Climb Mt. Everest. Fly around the world. Safari in Africa. Get over your fear of public speaking. more »
After nearly 80 years, the Flying Fortress still has tales to tell.
Subscribe today to Plane & Pilot magazine for industry news, reviews and much more delivered straight to you! “The shrapnel exploded through the thick aluminum fuselage and whizzed through the air at full speed, lodging itself into the airman’s boot with such an impact that it immediately and forcefully threw him off his feet.” That’s how more »
The purpose of IFR is to land where no VFR pilot can. Surprisingly, it's a rare opportunity.
Are you an aviation enthusiast or pilot? Sign up for our newsletter! Some bucket list items are ones you check off intentionally. You go to Jack Brown’s to get your seaplane rating. You get with a local tailwheel guru to get that endorsement in your logbook. You head off to a sim center to get your more »
Sometimes the journey to Private Pilot takes longer than planned.
Are you an aviation enthusiast or pilot? Sign up for our newsletter, full of tips, reviews and much more! I am a neonatologist (a doctor who takes care of premature and sick newborns). I accidentally got into flying in 1979, when I was in my second year of residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. more »
Since getting hooked on flying in 1948 during my first airplane ride (in an Aeronca Champ), I have heard over and over again that you’re not a “real pilot” until you have flown a tailwheel airplane. Hearing this and similar statements, mostly coming from old-timer taildragger pilots, and understanding the truth that getting your tailwheel more »
Sometimes the bucket list items get checked off early on
Lockheed Burbank had the Skunk Works, a shop known for the rather secretive production of spectacular flying machines. West Georgia Regional Airport was home to The Possum Works, a hangar held by a couple of old-timers who were always playing with the fun stuff. Between the three of them, they owned a Stinson Gullwing, a more »
A couple of weeks ago I did cross one off the bucket list when I flew a paraglider for the first time. I’ve always been fascinated by early flight and by very minimalist kinds of flying, and paragliding is about as minimalist as you can get. There’s you, the wing (which is what these kinds more »