Posts Tagged ‘Skyhawk’

Photo of the Day: Go around!

Friday, August 24th, 2012

 

We asked our Facebook friends, “When was the last time you did a go-around?” Answers ranged from “Today!” to “Never.” (Really? Never?) The discussion was enthusiastic as pilots shared the reasons behind the go-around: an animal on the runway; an aircraft that trundled out onto the runway; or some instances in which the pilot in command decided that the approach wasn’t working out. Interestingly, a side discussion developed on exactly what’s going on in this photo. Some folks seem to think we happened to be in the air when this happened. Bear in mind that Flight Training often stages situations to illustrate our articles—it’s rare when one of our highly skilled photographers “just happens” to be around—in an airplane—when a go-around occurs. Why is the airplane on short-short-short final so off-center? I’m guessing this photo didn’t make the cut precisely because the airplane was so far off the center line. And why was the airplane on the runway skewed to the right? Again, it’s not clear. Maybe the pilot taxied out so fast he spun out?—Jill W. Tallman

Photo of the Day: Cloud skipping

Monday, August 13th, 2012

 

A Cessna 172 finds clear skies above the clouds over San Francisco.–Jill W. Tallman

Photo of the Day: San Francisco flight

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

 

A Cessna 172 overflies a ridge in San Francisco, making us think it’s time for a trip out West.–Jill W. Tallman

Photo of the Day: Cessnas in formation

Friday, July 20th, 2012

The very first Cessna 172 (blue aircraft in foreground) to come out of the factory in 1956 went to an Oregon flight school, as Al Marsh explained in “Queen of the Fleet,” April 2006 AOPA Pilot. This photo shoot captures the first 172 in formation with a more modern counterpart. Today’s 172 is very much a presence on the ramp at flight schools, but a careful inspection reveals it has very few similarities to its forebear. Read Pete Bedell’s “The Skyhawk Turns 50″ for an extensive side-by-side comparison.–Jill W. Tallman

Photo of the Day: Sunset patrol

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

A pilot friend likes nothing better than getting up at oh-dark-thirty for a morning flight before he has to don a suit and go to his regular job. He alternates between calling these flights “dawn patrol” and “sunrise service.” This photo was taken at sunset, but I think the sentiments hold. Mike Fizer captured this Cessna 172 Skyhawk in Benton, Kan.–Jill W. Tallman