I Learned About Flying From That

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.

All Episodes

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 2020

2 min 21 sec

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 2020

29 min 8 sec

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 2020

27 min 27 sec

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

27 min 42 sec

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

31 min 17 sec

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

25 min 11 sec

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

28 min 30 sec

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

36 min 18 sec

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

29 min 40 sec

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 8

29 min 29 sec

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

26 min 14 sec

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

32 min 45 sec

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

34 min 50 sec

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 3

31 min

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

27 min 17 sec

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 1

27 min 49 sec

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

29 min 25 sec

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

41 min 3 sec

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

30 min 43 sec

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 2

30 min 14 sec

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

24 min 59 sec

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 7

31 min 17 sec

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

37 min 24 sec

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 4

30 min 11 sec

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

29 min 56 sec