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

New name, new look- same spirit Dates: May 26th-28th 2023 - Wayne, Nebraska From WayneAmerica: After the tragic event that took place last year we looked inwards as we looked forward and we looked towards the aviation community. The…
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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…
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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 FlightOutfitters.com. Learn more about Chris Palmer and Angle of Attack.  Chris…
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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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The Little Auster

THE PYOA CONTEST 5TH PLACE STORY By:  Justin Spence It all started back in 1947 when off the Auster of England assembly line rolled a shining new Auster J2 Arrow. An aircraft very similar to the Taylorcraft BC-12. It wasn’t known at the…

Cub 45H – My Family’s Legacy

THE PYOA CONTEST 4TH PLACE STORY By:  Emily Herron Having grown up around aviation and now working in the aviation industry, I have met many pilots and aircraft owners. I’ve heard some incredible stories of how they came to own their most…
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Unbroken Chain

THE PYOA CONTEST 3RD PLACE STORY By:  Matthew Northway “CLEAR.” I walk the 8-foot wooden prop through its arc below the nose of this Brunner-Winkle Bird. A cloud of smoke blooms and the engine settles into a throaty chuff-chuff-chuffing…
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Full House

THE PYOA CONTEST 2ND PLACE STORY By:  Dewey Davenport On June 28, 2016, I became the caretaker of one of the most important aircraft in the American barnstorming era. In 1927, Ivan Gates, general manager and co-owner of the Gates Flying Circus,…
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A Taperwing’s Tapestry

THE PYOA CONTEST GRAND PRIZE WINNING STORY By:  Brittany Lozier Moon   As a middle school teacher, when I introduce myself to my students, I always tell them that I grew up at the airport. The questionable looks and glances always…
The pilots of STOL Drag: Nat Esser

The pilots of STOL Drag: Nat Esser

Aircraft: Kitfox Model VII - Rotax EP912STI Nat Esser, from Edmonton, Canada may be a newcomer to STOL Drag racing, but she has been working to perfect her aggressive forward slip ever since she first learned to fly gliders with the Royal…
What is STOL drag?

What is STOL drag?

STOL Drag Landing and Take-Off Events take a traditional STOL (Short TakeOff / Landing) competition to the next level. It is extremely spectator friendly and it challenges the pilots like never before. Pilots fly straight 2000' down and back…
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Fly Before You Drive: Solo on 16th Birthday

For as long as I can remember, I could not wait to become a pilot. I was so impatient to fly that I wanted to be ready to solo on my 16th birthday, the very first day I could legally fly an airplane by myself. This is the story of how I made that dream come true, and the people who helped and inspired me along the way.

Spring Solos

We asked our Instagram 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 amazing entries. Read a few stories below. Julen…
Green Dot Podcast

EAA’s The Green Dot — Flight Outfitters Founder Mark Glassmeyer

The Green Dot is a podcast created by aviation enthusiasts for their fellow aviation enthusiasts. The podcast features EAA and aviation news, general aviation topics, history, personal experiences from hosts and guests, and plenty more. This…
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Pilot Your Own Adventure Trailer

Last summer we handed over the keys to the Pilot Your Own Adventure #FOcamper to Josh Flowers from Aviation101films and Chelsea Smith (@highmaintenance_chels) to take it on an adventure of a lifetime. They traveled all over the country before…

Pilot’s Discretion Podcast with Flight Outfitters’ Mark Glassmeyer

Aviation families and rusty pilot dreams, with Flight Outfitters' Mark Glassmeyer. Our very own Mark Glassmeyer sat down with the John Zimmerman from Sporty's on the Pilot's Discretion Podcast. Learn about his simple plan for his student…
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#Osh21 Recap

CHECK OUT OUR RECAP VIDEO                                                  
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Following the Oregon and California Trails

The PYOA Contest Grand Prize Winning Story by Peter Shannon In the pioneer days, Saint Joseph, Missouri defined the frontier. Before the transcontinental railroad and telegraph, it was a natural assembly point for westbound pioneer wagon trains.…
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The Mass Mass Airport Tour: A Visit to All of Massachusetts’ Public Use Airports in 24 Hours

The PYOA Contest 2nd Place Story By Sheera Kaizerman My boyfriend Reid loves to collect things. I don’t necessarily mean physical things, but for as long as I’ve known him, he’s always had a to do list. Sure, the list has mundane things…
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Amphitheatre in the Sky – “Infinite Highway of the Air”: From Alabama to Alaska

The PYOA Contest 3rd Place Story By Michael Gerhardt These are the quiet airborne moments, when we look at the endless wonder below and around us. We marvel “…enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all…
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Wings of Friendship

The PYOA Contest 4th Place Story By Tucker Axum “You just won the lottery,” my boss said inside our subterranean bunker. “A free trip to Kenya courtesy of Uncle Sam.” By free trip, he meant a dangerous counter-terrorism assignment…
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A Circum-navigational Flight Around the United States

The PYOA Contest 5th Place Story By Erica Zangwill After passing my instrument written exam, I figured if we were going to spend the money on an instrument rating, why not make it a bit more exciting than just flying approaches in the local…
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PYOA Adventure Series – Meet Charlee

Our newest Flight Outfitters Navigator Charlee was born into a family of aviators. In fact, Charlee and our founder Mark Glassmeyer are cousins, and were each inspired by their grandfather's WWII experiences in the South Pacific. Charlee…
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PYOA ADVENTURE SERIES – FINDING SOLITUDE ON ISLE ROYALE

We’re headed for solitude in this month’s installment of the Pilot Your Own Adventure Blog series. There’s no driving to this destination, in fact there are only two ways to visit - by air or by boat. Book a seaplane flight or take a ride…
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BEHIND THE SCENES – PILOT YOUR OWN ADVENTURE CONTEST TRIAL RUN

Practice makes perfect, as they say, so in order to perfect our Oshkosh campground setup for our Pilot Your Own Adventure Contest, we made a trial run. This year, a lucky winner will be provided the use of our unique teardrop camper on a premier…
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PYOA ADVENTURE SERIES: TACKLING ANGELS LANDING

In this month’s installment of the Pilot Your Own Adventure blog series we take a trip to Zion National Park in the southwestern corner of Utah for one of the most exhilarating, tightrope walking, don’t look down (or maybe do) hikes in the…
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BEHIND THE SCENES OF OUR SEAPLANE DUFFEL PHOTO SHOOT

Docking a seaplane in the Ohio River with 25 knot winds isn’t an easy task. But the Flight Outfitters crew was on a mission to get some shots of our new Seaplane Duffels. Thankfully these rugged bags were made for trips like this. Wind and…
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PYOA ADVENTURE SERIES – YURT CAMPING IN BIG BEND

Big Bend is one of the largest, most remote, and as an added bonus one of the least-visited national parks in the contiguous United States. While it lacks five star restaurants and hotels in its surrounding areas, it more than makes up for it in natural splendor.
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