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6 Great Things About Flying In Fall

Ready for your next weekend trip? Here's what pilots love about flying in fall.

1) Increased Performance, Without The Bitter Cold

Colder weather means better performance for your airplane. We're not deep into winter yet, so it won't be bitterly cold for your preflight, either!

2) Who Doesn't Love Seeing The Leaves Change Color?

There's nothing quite like flying over a forest of fall leaves. It's best seen from the air. Use this foliage prediction map to see where the best colors are.


3) Storm Season Is Ending

As fall progresses, storms become fewer and fewer. That makes taking your next long cross country a whole lot easier!

Swayne Martin

4) Frost Isn't A Constant Problem (Yet)

Frost the size of a grain of salt, distributed as sparsely as one per square centimeter over a wing's surface, can destroy enough lift to prevent your plane from taking off. Depending on where you're located in the country, you probably aren't dealing with a lot of frost on your airplane...yet.

5) No AC? No Problem!

Let's face it, ventilation in most small airplanes isn't ideal. There's nothing worse than being trapped inside a tiny metal box in the blistering summer heat with no AC. Fall temperatures are perfect for flying.


6) Want A Unique Seasonal Trip?

Want to make a weekend of it? Airports like Shenandoah (KSHD) are the perfect starting point for a weekend trip to see fall colors.


What are your fall flying plans? Tell us in the comments below.

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Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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