I Learned About Flying From That

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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.

Episode Date
59. The Misinterpreted Meter

Pilot Ryan Worley suffered an electrical system problem in the Cessna 172 he was flying, exacerbated by the fact the ammeter wasn't working to clue him into the issue.

May 10, 2023
58. Out of the Formation

After the photo mission was done, the wake turbulence generated by a PT-19 trainer was enough to upset a Cessna 170, as pilot and photographer Leonardo Correa Luna found out.

Apr 26, 2023
57. Be the Pilot in Command

John Jordan shares stories from early in his career flying out of California's wine country, in a Warrior and a 172, that illuminate why preflight planning is crucial.

Apr 05, 2023
56. Ready For the Emergency

Musician and pilot Christine Mortine was flying a mission for the Recreational Aviation Foundation when she had engine trouble and applied her backcountry training to the resulting off-airport landing.

Mar 22, 2023
55. Stories from a Stunt Pilot

Al Cerullo transformed his experience flying helicopters in the Vietnam combat zone into a career flying aerial photography for a long list of movies and TV shows in his Eurocopter AS355 Twin Star in New York.

Mar 08, 2023
54. Through the Marine Layer

Instructor Matt Keane found himself over the marine layer with a failed engine and an electrical system on the discovery flight he was conducting. Find out how he managed the emergency.

Feb 21, 2023
53. Test Pilot Troubles

When pilot Jim Desmond thought he was ready to fly a two-thirds-scale homebuilt Mustang in which he had no experience, he set himself up for a serious lesson.

Feb 07, 2023
52. When Punching Out Isn’t an Option

With an F-4 Phantom throttles stuck in full burner—what does a crew do? Pilot Brad Hood tells the story.

Jan 24, 2023
51. Into the Night

A flight taking a day-VFR-only airplane in the darkness led airshow pro Matt Younkin to re-evaluate how he got there, and consider next time to listen to his gut instincts.

Jan 04, 2023
50. Lost in the Clouds

Air boss, controller, and private pilot Wayne Boggs took the opportunity to ferry a Piper Arrow across the Caribbean, and ended up in an encounter with instrument conditions, without a rating.

Dec 22, 2022
49. A Captain Lends a Hand

With a career spanning the military, the airlines, and pilot training, Skyborne Airline Academy's Ed Davidson shares key lessons learned in two incidents from his flying experience, including an assist to a light twin ailing over the Caribbean.

Dec 08, 2022
48. The Pinch Scenario

Kevin LaRosa, aerial coordinator for "Devotion" and "Top Gun: Maverick," was flying an Airbus AS350 AStar, near Grants Pass, Oregon, and pressed on into deteriorating visibility. LaRosa came to the "commit point" with fuel and got into a tight spot.

Nov 22, 2022
47. Fast-Moving Front

U.S. Air Force Capt. Aimee Fieldler took a student up for a training mission just before their check ride—and got caught by rapidly changing weather upon landing back at Annapolis, Maryland.

Nov 15, 2022
46. Lessons from a Popped Jug

Pilot Gary Figgins recalls a flight with a colleague flying in the left seat, when the engine in the Cessna 182 they were flying in experienced a total power failure over the hilly terrain of southeastern Missouri.

Oct 31, 2022
45. Fire in the Cockpit

Pilot Chris McClure made fast work of a fire in a Cessna 150 towplane, including restrictions to visibility inside the airplane.

Oct 14, 2022
44. More than Just an Alternator

Pilot Jack Henion thought it was bad enough to have an electrical failure in a Cessna 210 over the mountains, until he learned what it would take to fix it.

Sep 30, 2022
43. Wasps and Warning Signals

What do you do when your emergency isn't covered by the checklist? Texas pilot Stephen Curran found out on two separate occasions about the "diffusion of responsibility."

Sep 13, 2022
42. The Hazard of Distractions

Airshow performer, instructor, and corporate pilot Ashley Shelton relates two stories of distraction—in her Cub and hew RV-6—that taught her the importance of preflight checklists.

Aug 30, 2022
41. Daytime Freight Dog

A confluence of conditions put pilot Jim Bonsey behind the power curve in the Piper Cherokee Six he was flying  in Hawaii, and he almost put the Six into the Pacific Ocean as a result.

Aug 16, 2022
40. From Blue Angel to Top Gun

Episode: From Blue Angel to Top Gun

Frank Weisser, a real Naval Aviator who worked on Top Gun: Maverick, goes behind-the-scenes for a look at the real flying of the F-18 Super Hornet in the movie, as well as his own lessons learned as a Blue Angels pilot.

Jul 25, 2022
39. The Inversion Illusion

An instructor tells his own tale of why pilots need to get some experience flying in actual IMC while pursuing an instrument rating.

Jul 12, 2022
38. Fuel CRM in an R44

Fixed-wing pilot Eliot Danner flies with a fellow helicopter pilot on a cross-country flight that turns bumpy—and low on avgas.

Jun 21, 2022
37. A Real Snow-Stopper

World-renowned cellist and pilot Peter Rejto entered an unexpected snowstorm in his Mooney--and was caught by a missed preflight item. He shares the story of the resulting power loss with us.

Jun 07, 2022
36. Flying Lessons, and a Crime

Pilot Wayne Pinger’s journey to become a pilot took him on a memorable Alaska cross-country—and a crime scene. Learn what lessons he did.

May 17, 2022
35. Big Imbalance, Little Jet

When pilot Paul Entrekin got the chance to fly Jim Bede's BD-5 microjet, he encountered an out-of-balance fuel situation that nearly ended in disaster.

May 03, 2022
34. To Outrun the Storm

As a young pilot, Andy Gelston ferried a Piper Cub from Virginia to the midwest, and he tried to evade the thunderstorms blocking his way. A grass strip offered a haven--with a few hazards of its own.

Apr 19, 2022
33. Speed Up, Gear Up

A change of audio cues and a busy ATC environment led pilot Bob Jacobs to land gear up in a Mooney. What other factors contributed to the unfortunate landing?

Apr 05, 2022
32. Off the Scale

A relatively short runway, high temps, and a hefty passenger load lead to a tight POH situation for pilot Bruce Falstein in California.

Mar 22, 2022
31. Know Your POH

An instructor and his commercial student avoid landing on a crowded California street following a loss of power on takeoff because they understood the procedures outlined in the Cessna Cardinal RG's POH. Would you do as well?

Mar 08, 2022
30. Bird Strike (and Other Tales)

Jerry Gregoire, founder of Redbird Flight Simulations, shares a couple of stories from which he learned the value of CRM—one of them involving a close encounter with a bird (that was not red).

Feb 22, 2022
29. Frozen Gear

When John Hull prepared to make a wintertime departure after defrosting the airplane--a Cessna 421--he neglected to check for ice beyond the wings and horizontal stab, much to his chagrin.

Feb 08, 2022
28. No Place to Land

As pilot Brian Lorenz approached 10 hours on a brand-new engine, he looked forward to making a few touch-and-goes. Instead, he lost engine power after takeoff--and survived to tell the tale.

Jan 25, 2022
27. Close Encounter with Wake Turbulence

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.

Jan 11, 2022
26. Routine to Frightening

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.

Dec 21, 2021
25. Engine Explosion

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?

Dec 06, 2021
24. Off-Field, In-a-Field Landing

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.

Nov 18, 2021
23. Turn, Land, or Take a Chance?

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.

Nov 04, 2021
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.

Oct 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.

Oct 07, 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.

Sep 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.

Sep 02, 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.

Aug 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.

Jul 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.

Jul 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.

Jul 01, 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.

Jun 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.

Jun 03, 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 06, 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.

Apr 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.

Apr 08, 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.

Mar 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.

Mar 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.

Feb 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.

Feb 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.

Jan 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.

Jan 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.

Dec 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.

Dec 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. 

Dec 14, 2020