Donna Miller - 2023 PYOA 2nd place winner

An Adventurous Beginning

THE 2023 PYOA CONTEST 2ND PLACE STORY By:  Donna Miller About ten thousand hours ago (pilots understand this time frame, and this is a flying story after all), I found myself working as a civilian for the Air Force in Taegu, South Korea,…
High Sierra fly-in tips

What to expect at the High Sierra

Heading to the High Sierra Fly-In this year? First, here’s a little background on the High Sierra event. The High Sierra Fly-In was created as a celebration of backcountry aviation, at a gathering of like-minded individuals. It’s located…
Courtney Kiser - 2023 PYOA contest 3rd place winner

The First Spark

THE 2023 PYOA CONTEST 3RD PLACE STORY By: Courtney Kiser The first spark. The engagement. The wedding. How do these events relate to aviation? They involve a tired, old airplane that was soon to spread its wings again. This airplane would…

Announcing: Flight Outfitters is the EXCLUSIVE Retailer of Fat Tire Cowboys

Flight Outfitters is proud to announce their partnership with Fat Tire Cowboys. From FO flight bags and apparel to FTC caps, t-shirts, knives and cleaner, you can now find it all here EXCLUSIVELY at Learn more about the…

Fall Flying Essentials

Fall flying season is upon us! It's time for cool mornings and nights and amazing flying conditions. Here are a few items to get you going!   #1 A versatile jacket For those cold fall mornings, ditch the bulk and dawn a versatile…

Fight or Flight

THE 2023 PYOA CONTEST 4TH PLACE STORY By: Olivia Allen Many fairy tales start with “once upon a time” and are only a fable. However, my story started as a little girl with a dream. Not a lot of people expected a deaf little girl with a…

Oshkosh 2023 Recap

Oshkosh 2023 was bigger than ever and didn’t disappoint! With seemingly more planes, pilots, and enthusiasts alike, #Osh23 will go down in the books as a memorable one. We caught up with old friends and made a lot of new ones. A special thank…
Shelbe Jarrett - 2023 PYOA Grand Prize Winner Story

What If?

THE 2023 PYOA CONTEST GRAND PRIZE WINNING STORY By: Shelbe Jarrett What if? Two impactful words that held me in their powerful grip for a long time. As an adolescent growing up, I had no idea what I wanted to be in life. Sure, I had fantasies…
Chris Gayman - 2023 PYOA contest 5th place winner

A Life Changing Choice

THE 2023 PYOA CONTEST 5TH PLACE STORY By: Chris Gayman I think my story may have sparked from a different origin than most. When I was 5 years old, I had an unfortunate accident that resulted in me losing my foot. I don’t remember much from…

WayneAmerica Fly-In Fun

When we learned both National STOL and STOL Drag were having competitions in Wayne, Nebraska, the FO crew was up for another adventure. And what’s an adventure without a little deviation from a plan? This came by way of a 400+ mile “side…

Summer Solo Stories

Back in May, we asked our social media followers to tell us their stories from their first solos. We sent each participant a free Flight Outfitters t-shirt to replace the one cut off their back. We’ve had some awesome entries.  You can read…
Off roading in Colorado blog feature

Off-roading in the San Juans

While the Rockies get most of the attention in Colorado (and we can’t argue with that) there’s a lesser visited outdoor enthusiast’s playground in Southwest Colorado that is home to some of the best off-road exploring in the country. Located…

What to Expect at Oshkosh 2023

EAA AirVenture 2023.  Don't miss the opportunity to visit Flight Outfitters in Hangar B, Booth number 2039 to discover our latest aviation products and accessories. Whether you're a seasoned pilot or a rookie, we've got something for everyone…

June Pilot Spotlight: Brian Jenkins

This month Flight Outfitters is highlighting Brian Jenkins as our Pilot of the Month. Brian knew he wanted to be a pilot from a very young age. His passion for flying grew throughout high school when he began flight training. Brian instructed…
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Backcountry Flying tips from Instagram

Flight Outfitters teamed up with @emilyattheairport and @brush_pilots on Instagram for an exciting new series about backcountry flying. Head out in a 1956 Cessna 172 taildragger with Emily and Brian for some midwest flying as they discuss lots…

Meet the Winners of the 2023 Pilot Your Own Adventure Contest

Grand Prize Winner - Shelbe Jarrett Based on the enthusiasm from last year, we weren’t surprised to get a lot of entries for EAA’s Pilot Your Own Adventure Contest, supported by Flight Outfitters. Our panel of judges carefully read all…
simulation learn to fly contest story

Learn to Fly Contest

It’s “Learn to Fly Month” at Sporty’s Pilot Shop, so we figured there’s no better time to celebrate the spirit of aviation than now!  X-Aviation and Flight Outfitters have partnered with Sporty’s to run a flight simulation driven…


Calling all pilots who take their first solo flight from now through June 30, 2023!! At Flight Outfitters, we're all about celebrating the special moments in your aviation journey, from first flight lessons to flying solo, we want to be there…


Flight Outfitters becomes the official team apparel of National STOL! We are pleased to announce our partnership with National STOL. You can spot National STOL pilots sporting the official National STOL Airfoil jacket at upcoming competitions.…
5 epic hikes in Mt. Rainier - Mt. Fremont Lookout trail


Planning a summer vacation? Ditch the beach and take an epic west coast trip. Mt. Rainier National Park in Washington State is truly one of the gems of the national parks system. A trip to the area won't be complete without hitting the trails.…
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2 New Airport Diagram T-Shirts added to collection

We've added two new airport diagram t-shirt designs to our popular line - Lake Hood Seaplane Base and Daytona Beach International airport. These t-shirts are a must have for any pilot or aviation enthusiast, and are perfect for hanging out at…
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Hit the trail with Flight Outfitters Gear

Flight Outfitters is known for it's pilot gear and flight bags, but what you may not know is we can outfit you for more than just epic flying adventures. If you're like us you like to hit the trail as well as the numbers on the runway. Here's…

STOL Drag teams up with National STOL for WayneAmerica Fly-In

Flight Outfitters, as part of the aviation community, strives to do our best to contribute to the aviation story. On this page you’ll find a collection of entertaining and informative original aviation stories from our staff, friends and customers alike.
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2022 Recap – best videos, stories, and new gear!

2022 was an amazing year here at Flight Outfitters. We wanted to share some of our favorite videos, stories, and new gear from this past year. Top 3 Videos #1: Solo at 16 For as long as I can remember, I could not wait to become…
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High Sierra Fly-in Video (part 2) released!

In part one of this video series, two members of the Flight Outfitters team set off to attend the High Sierra Fly-in in Nevada. Join them as they make their journey from Cold Springs, Kentucky to Dead Cow Lakebed in Western Nevada. We'll make…

Piloting our own adventure in the High Sierra

As we set off for the High Sierra Fly-In, the Flight Outfitters camper in tow, I couldn’t help but think of Lewis and Clark. It felt like we too were on an expedition into the unknown. Obviously the stakes weren’t quite as high as in 1804…

Flight Outfitters becomes the official apparel partner of Angle of Attack

Flight Outfitters is proud to announce a partnership with Angle of Attack. From flight bags to officially licensed apparel, you can now find it all  here at Learn more about Chris Palmer and Angle of Attack.  Chris…

B24 Bomber Ride

Four months prior to the passing of his grandmother, Flight Outfitters founder Mark Glassmeyer booked a flight with his mother in one of the last (if not the last) flying B-24s in the USA. Call it divine intervention, luck, faith, or whatever…
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