I Learned About Flying From That
By Flying Magazine
Tune in for the rest of the story—with exclusive interviews with pilots who have shared their emergencies, crises, and mistakes over 950-plus installments of Flying's iconic series, "I Learned About Flying From That." Host Rob Reider relates the tale as told by the author, then catches up with that pilot to ask the questions we know have been on your mind.
22. The Silent Killer
Pilot Dan Bass fell prey to an insidious hazard: carbon monoxide poisoning. A series of flights in his Mooney ended in a disastrous manner.
October 21, 2021
21. Two Night Lessons
Pilot and author Tucker Axum had not one, but two situations on night flights that highlighted the nearly instrument conditions found over featureless terrain.
October 7, 2021
20. Following the Rabbit
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.
September 16, 2021
19. Question the Expert?
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.
September 2, 2021
18. Engine Out, In The Storm
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.
August 19, 2021
17. Lessons for Life
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.
July 29, 2021
16. What's It Doing Now?
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.
July 15, 2021
15. Lights Out
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.
July 1, 2021
14. Eclipsed by Critical Cargo
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.
June 17, 2021
13. Short Field Lessons
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.
June 3, 2021
12. When Something Isn't Right
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.
May 20, 2021
11. More Than a Bad Mag
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.
May 6, 2021
10. Back to Basics
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.
April 22, 2021
9. Flying Checks
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.
April 8, 2021
8. Out of Fuel, Out of Alternates
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.
March 25, 2021
7. A Pacific Thunderstorm
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.
March 11, 2021
6. Cross-Country Complacency
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.
February 25, 2021
5. Jackie's Last Flight
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.
February 11, 2021
4. Fuel Lessons from Martha Lunken
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.
January 28, 2021
3. It's Called CTAF For A Reason
Though pilots are supposed to use the common traffic advisory frequency to coordinate with other pilots near an airport, not everyone uses it faithfully, as pilot Chris Watson found out at Mount Pleasant Airport in South Carolina in this episode of I.L.A.F.F.T.
January 14, 2021
2. A Hop, Skip, and a Jump
A pilot sets off on a short mission—and realizes that even a quick flight between airports that he knows well can pose risks that need attention and planning.
December 30, 2020
1. A Worst-Case Scenario
Following an engine failure in his Cessna 421 in icing conditions, pilot Brett Godfrey faces a turn for the worse—failure of the second engine. Host Rob Redier learns from Godfrey what he would have done differently—and what saved him in the end.
December 17, 2020
Welcome to I Learned About Flying From That — I.L.A.F.F.T.
Next up from FLYING, we bring you a new twist on our popular I.L.A.F.F.T. series, in which host Rob Reider interviews those pilots who learned a lesson or two from experience.
December 14, 2020