After a fun and challenging flight lesson today, I decided to re-motivate myself by watching the movie “One Six Right.” With heavy and gusty crosswinds , today was a pretty poor day for me landing-wise, so I was definitely in need of some motivation!

The opening scene of the movie is great, showing some of the most beautiful aircraft flying through awesome scenery.

“Asking someone why they love to fly is almost like asking someone why they like Picasso. The beauty is the fact that you can’t really describe it, it’s something that you have to behold. Flying takes you into another dimension, literally. We see, feel, and experience things that people who don’t fly will never know.” -Barry Schiff, Aviation Safety Expert / Pilot

The history of the Van Nuys Airport is given, showing the significance of general aviation to surrounding communities. It’s incredible to see how to busiest general aviation airport developed from a dirt landing strip.

The use of the airport as a military aircraft factory in WWII was interesting to hear about. Van Nuys Airport exploded after the war because of all the returning pilots. When general aviation began to grow during the 50’s and 60’s, the airport became set in stone, a permanent feature for the area. It was there to stay.

One part of the movie discussed the closing of general aviation airports all around the country. It used Meigs Field (Chicago) as an example of the poor treatment of airports in our country:

There are ups and downs in learning to fly. It was great to watch this film and remind myself why I love to fly. The footage is top quality and definitely worth watching for any aspiring pilot.

The film is available from a variety of sources including Amazon OnDemand, iTunes, Youtube (purchase), etc. More information can be found on their website: One Six Right

Check it out if you haven’t already! Have a great week,
Swayne Martin

Martins Aviation / From Private to Professional Pilot
Twitter: @MartinsAviation

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5 Responses

  1. Karlene Petitt

    Swayne, there will always be ups and downs in the learning curve of flying. It’s the struggling days we have to remember that every mistake, and every error, comes with a lesson to be learned. Learn from them, and then leave that runway behind and focus in ahead of you.

    Thanks for the great videos!

    • Swayne Martin

      Thanks Karlene for those kind words, I appreciate it more than you can imagine.

      I just can’t wait to get back out on a nicer day (wind-wise) and nail some good landings. 🙂

      Hope all is well,

  2. Giuseppe Alonci

    Really a great film! And the last scene?? Just WOW!! Amazing! I am also a student pilot, but I fly microlight aircrafts that, as you can imagine, are really a challenge to be controlled when there is wind!! But it is just more fun 🙂 Every landing is different a crosswind landing is always an emotion!!
    Good landings 😉

    • Swayne Martin

      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it as well.

      Wind are and always will be a challenge for any student pilot. We just have to learn with a lot of practice how to deal with them. When you make a good crosswind landing, it’s the best feeling in the world.

      Glad you’re here visiting the blog,
      Swayne Martin

  3. Lou-Ann Seet

    you are really awesome, i am inspired by you. gonna get out there fly and master my landings. i have spent weeks and weeks on landings and there is not much improvements.


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