A while back, I posted about four of my favorite aviation channels on YouTube — if you haven’t already checked it out, click here to read it.
But in the months since, I’ve stumbled across some other great YouTubers who make videos about flying and airplanes, so I figured I’d make another short list of subscribe-worthy channels.
Without further ado, here’s round two:
Vlogs have become pretty popular on YouTube in the last year or two, but there aren’t many that focus on flying. Enter CaptMoonbeam, a corporate jet captain who posts a new video every Monday. The private jet world is pretty secretive — some FBOs will throw a hissy fit if you try to film on their ramp — so it’s pretty interesting to see this side of the flying world.
Most videos involve flights in a variety of Cessna Citation jets, and the good Captain does a good job of combining flying content with showing what life’s like during trips in his videos. Definitely an entertaining channel.
2. Good Plane Living
General aviation isn’t just about physically controlling an plane — it’s about the freedom to find adventures. And Ed and Colleen from Good Plane Living have a fantastic channel for anyone that wants to live vicariously through the YouTube lens of a family that does just that. Ed and Colleen own a gorgeous Van’s RV-10 that they recently finished building, and they’ve recently started populating their channel with videos their travels with their son EJ.
If you haven’t ever wanted to go camping with an airplane, the video above will change that. And if you haven’t been infatuated with experimental aircraft models, this video will change that too.
(Sidenote: Ed and Colleen also keep a blog and RV10 Build Log on their website at www.goodplaneliving.com)
3. Private Pilot Study
Now for something a little different…
If you’re working on your private pilot certificate — or just beefing up the stuff you’ve forgotten — you should really check out Private Pilot Study, a free interactive flying study group that meets virtually on a regular basis. The group covers everything from aircraft systems (above) to weather to getting started. Sessions are streamed live on YouTube, with a limited number of slots open for students who want to interact with the instructor(s) on Google Hangouts.
It’s a great offering — and again, it’s free.
(Ok, maybe I’m a little biased because I had the privilege of being the instructor for the group’s very first session back in March.)
4. Winging It
Leading up to Oshkosh this year, Redbird produced a video series called Winging It that followed the director of their ImagineFlight initiative, Brittney Miculka, on a series of aviation adventures around the country. The series brought Brittney everywhere from tackling the Washington, DC SFRA (#represent) to flying aerobatics with airshow giant Mike Goulian.
It’s a fun series to watch — and now that Oshkosh is over, I hope that Redbird brings it back!
Bonus — U.S. Sport Aircraft
Okay, I’ll throw in a bonus channel for good measure…
As flight instructor, I really enjoy looking around the internet for unique flight schools that do a phenomenal job of attracting future pilots to our industry. And I found one a few months back on YouTube…
US Sport Aircraft is a flight school and SportCruiser dealer based in Texas. Recently, they’ve been pumping out a bunch of entertaining (and sometimes cheesy) videos introducing people to flying and tackling questions (like the PTS to ACS transition). Their videos are definitely worth checking out, especially if you’re a student pilot.
That’s it for the list — if you haven’t seen it already, remember to check out the first installment of my favorite YouTube pilots right here. And do you have a favorite aviation YouTuber that I missed? Share them in the comments!