What’s your favorite destination?

Where are the best places to fly? We’re asking our readers to share their favorite destinations in our next print issue. Don’t just tell us where you fly, but why it’s your favorite. What makes it special? When is the best time to go? Any advice for pilots who have never been before? Tips on the area airports, access to local transportation, local amenities or “must-see” sites are welcome.

And don’t forget to send in photos of your adventures. Who knows? You may find them printed in our June 7 issue! Please note that for print we need high resolution photos.

Send comments and photos to janice@generalaviationnews.com. Please put Destinations in the subject line. If you’d prefer, you can add your comments below.

Sky Trail takes tourism sky high

One of the world’’s largest archaeological sites — General Patton’s World War II Desert Training Center — is now viewable in its full grandeur thanks to an innovation in air tourism.

The site covers 19,000 square miles of mostly empty desert between LA and Las Vegas. Though chock-full of artifacts and history, it’s almost impossible to comprehend at eye level because of the remoteness and vast scale. Santa Barbara pilot Larry Dighera, [Read more…]

Bahamas Pilot Challenge takes off

A new Bahamas Pilot Challenge has been launched for 2012-2013, drawing general aviation pilots to more of the many islands of the Bahamas starting just 50-60 miles off the Florida coast.

Pilots who document landings at 12 of the 20 Bahamas airports of entry before Nov. 30, 2013, will be eligible to win a total of 23 hotel nights at top resorts on various islands.

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Katama still beckons for fall flying

Can’t fly there? Try the (seasonal) biplane ride! Photo by Kyle Wagman

Summer has ended but great fall flying beckons. One of America’s best summer places also shines in autumn, so pilots in the Northeast will still make their way to Katama Airfield on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard. The air is now clear and cool, the tourist hordes are gone and the prices — thank God — are now at least off-peak.

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Flying coast to coast in a homebuilt

Sharon&AlbertByThePlane

By TOM JONES

Many people dream of making the trip of a lifetime, but few make the dream a reality. Not so for Albert and Sharon Gardner, a Yuma, Ariz., couple who flew coast to coast in their RV-10. Last summer, the couple flew nearly 12,000 miles, landing in 100 cities in 37 states.

The trip was the culmination of a longtime desire that Albert had to land his airplane in every contiguous state of the Union. Prior to this trip, he had landed his airplane in every state west of the Mississippi.

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