Episodes
When aerobatic pilot and Reno winner Vicky Benzing took off behind a C-130 Hercules at an air show in California, the heavy turboprop's wake turbulence caught her by surprise--and almost led to an accident very close to the ground.
Published 01/11/22
A flight in a Piaggio Avanti takes a dramatic turn for pilot Martin Murat when the windshield in front of him starts to crack. Find out how he and the captain dealt with the impending emergency.
Published 12/21/21
Airshow ace Rob Holland handles a lot of flight regimes that might cause most pilots to panic. What happens when he faces a catastrophic engine failure in his custom aerobatic airplane?
Published 12/06/21
A glider pilot has a lot to consider that’s different from the decision-making involved in flying powered aircraft—but weather always presents a challenge, as pilot Paul Chafe found out.
Published 11/18/21
Sporty's John Zimmerman has been flying airplanes since he was very young. Learning how to make decisions while flying cross-country in a helicopter stretched his way of thinking—and almost landed him in trouble with IFR weather.
Published 11/04/21
Pilot Dan Bass fell prey to an insidious hazard: carbon monoxide poisoning. A series of flights in his Mooney ended in a disastrous manner.
Published 10/21/21
Pilot and author Tucker Axum had not one, but two situations on night flights that highlighted the nearly instrument conditions found over featureless terrain.
Published 10/07/21
Artist and pilot Barry Ross started flying early in life, and it has informed his work, including his illustrations in FLYING. One flight into Portland, Maine, following the lights in will remain etched in his memory.
Published 09/16/21
When highly experienced pilot Craig O’Mara signed on to help ferry a Bushmaster to New Mexico, he was careful to take advice from an expert—but when it came to actual operational skill, this “expert” came up short.
Published 09/02/21
Ferry pilot Kerry McCauley shares a full range of flying that has taken him to every continent except for Antarctica. When he loses the engine on a Mooney flight, he had a thunderstorm to deal with as well.
Published 08/19/21
Pilots know Michael Goulian for his precision aerobatics and to-the-limits air racing style. But in this episode, Goulian shares the critical lessons he's learned from flying GA that apply to any pilot.
Published 07/29/21
The pilot of a USAF Lockheed Starlifter C-141 knew he had a problem with an automated system and thought the crew could manage it—until they were approaching an island air base, at night, with few options.
Published 07/15/21
A student pilot and his instructor find themselves lined up on a runway at a busy international airport—but ATC doesn’t know they are there. Find out why from pilot Mike Thiergartner in this episode of ILAFFT.
Published 07/01/21
When a passenger experiences a medical emergency during a flight to view the total solar eclipse in Jackson, Wyoming, pilot Paul Tierstein finds he left an important piece of equipment behind.
Published 06/17/21
An instructor takes a student into a grass strip for real-life short-field training—but the grass is still wet, making for a more critical lesson.
Published 06/03/21
As he built up hours towards a flying career, Stan Dunn experienced engine trouble that was hard to quantify—until another unfortunate pilot found Dunn's hunch was correct.
Published 05/20/21
Veteran flight instructor Field Morey relates his experience with a power loss that progressed during an IFR flight with a student, and how it ended for the pilots—and the airplane.
Published 05/06/21
Flying reader and flight instructor Roger Keech was on a medical mission in Mexico—and he found out that using traditional navigation techniques saved the day.
Published 04/22/21
A nighttime check run down to Charlotte turns into a drama for Flying reader Jon Jackson, with a prop failure striking the Beech Baron he was flying—literally.
Published 04/08/21
Careful IFR flight planning requires an alternate in case of worse-than-forecast weather. A new aircraft type triggers a chain of events for pilot Jim Fiorito that nearly dashes those plans.
Published 03/25/21
When pilot Bernhard Wolf—experienced in overwater operations—confronts convective activity over the Pacific, he learns an important lesson about their behavior—and it may not be what you think.
Published 03/11/21
Pilots often fight the spectre of get-home-itis—but it's especially hazardous when coupled with the assumptions made while flying a familiar airplane. FLYING reader Kenneth Wilson shares his own cross-country lesson on this week’s episode.
Published 02/25/21
Dan Richard shared his love of flying with his wife throughout their lives together—but his most precious flight with her came with an unexpected gift. Join host Rob Reider as he talks with Dan about his lessons learned from the perspective of time.
Published 02/11/21
Flying columnist and former pilot examiner/FAA accident investigator Martha Lunken shares her experience regarding fuel exhaustion—and a precautionary landing she made in a Cessna 180 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Published 01/28/21