Flying's Year in Photos 2016

Look back at the new planes, exciting events and interesting pilots we've featured over the past year.

The past year was packed with exciting new aircraft, incredible aviators, and no shortage of fun airshows and exhibitions, and we took every chance we could to bring you there with some of the best photography in aviation.

Look back with us on 2016 with photos of new airplanes, from the highly anticipated HondaJet to the backcountry-conquering XCub; gargantuan fly-in events such as AirVenture, Sun 'n Fun and Flying Aviation Expo; and some of the most interesting personalities in the flying world.

Our first stop is perhaps the most anxiously-awaited event in the aviation community: Oshkosh. And AirVenture 2016 didn't disappoint. The annual fly-in attracted hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiasts to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for airshow performances, seminars, fireworks, new product introductions and an almost unimaginable gathering of airplanes. You can find our full coverage of AirVenture 2016 here.

Oshkosh 2016
This year, EAA says AirVenture drew about 563,000 attendees to the weeklong fly-in.Jon Whittle
Oshkosh 2016
The Martin Mars flying water bomber was a huge hit this year.Jon Whittle
Oshkosh 2016
Even a day of foul weather didn't dampen the spirits of Oshkosh attendees.Jon Whittle
Oshkosh 2016
Fireworks are always a highlight at Oshkosh.Jon Whittle

Daher's TBM 930 graced the cover of our September issue. As an added bonus to our online readers, we also published a Behind the Lens feature, with extra photos and video from the cover shoot in South Florida. Below are a few images from that shoot.

Behind the Lens TBM 930
Staff photographer Jon Whittle captures images of the Daher TBM 930 while strapped into the back of a Piper Seneca.Jerry Pomales
Behind the Lens TBM 930
The beaches of South Florida provided a beautiful backdrop for the day's photoshoot.Jon Whittle
Behind the Lens TBM 930
An up-close look at the TBM 930.Jon Whittle

Our April issue featured some of the top performers in the airshow circuit. Michael Goulian, Anna Serbinenko, Kevin Coleman and Sammy Mason explained how they're pushing boundaries in aerobatics and what it takes to make it in the show.

Anna Serbinenko
Anna Serbinenko, who was featured in our feature about up-and-coming airshow performers, flies in her Decathlon at Tri-City Water Follies in Washington.Anna Serbinenko
Kevin Coleman
Kevin Coleman, another rising star, performs in his Extra 300SHP.Mike Shore

In early April, the gates at Florida's Lakeland Linder Airport opened for the 42nd time, welcoming aviators to Sun 'n Fun for a week of educational forums and workshops, aircraft and tech displays, and aerobatic performances.

Sun 'n Fun 2016
The 42nd annual Sun 'n Fun event was a highlight of 2016.Jon Whittle
Sun 'n Fun 2016
There was no shortage of aerobatic performances throughout the week.Jon Whittle
Sun 'n Fun 2016
Sun 'n Fun lived up to its name with beautiful weather all week long.Jon Whittle
Sun 'n Fun 2016
Attendees that flew in camped out at Lakeland Linder Airport.Jon Whittle

This year saw the introduction of the piston model of Lancair's Evolution. Flying tested the four-seat composite airplane and featured it on the cover of our August issue. Check out some pictures of the plane below.

Lancair Evolution
The Evolution Piston continues Lancair’s legacy of producing beautiful, fast, maneuverable airplanes. This sleek bird is constructed mostly with ultra-strong carbon-fiber materials.Jessica Ambats
Lancair Evolution
An optional rough landing gear option allows pilots to fly into a greater number of unimproved strips. However, because the wider tires produce more drag, you lose about 10 knots in cruise.Jessica Ambats

Flying magazine caught up with the Solar Impulse team at Moffett Airfield in Mountain View, California, where the Si2 landed during its solar-powered journey around the world, which was completed in July.

Solar Impulse Si2
Solar Impulse founders and pilots André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard stand in front of the Si2 cockpit.Pia Bergqvist
Solar Impulse Si2
More than 17,000 solar panels are mounted on top of the wings and fuselage of the Si2.Pia Bergqvist

The third annual Flying Aviation Expo had a little bit of everything: airplanes galore, engaging speakers and seminars, top-notch entertainment and more. Full coverage of the flying-filled weekend in Palm Springs, California, can be found here.

Flying Aviation Expo Palm Springs
The 2016 Flying Aviation Expo was held for the first time at Palm Springs International Airport.Flying
Flying Aviation Expo Debate
One highlight of the Expo was the first-ever live debate between aviation educators John King, left, and Rod Machado on the benefits and pitfalls of the FAA's new Airman Certification Standards.Flying
Flying Aviation Expo
A special appearance was made by legendary aerobatic helicopter pilot Chuck Aaron, who flew in the night's entertainment, crooner Sal Valentinetti, for a 007-themed party on the final night of the Expo.Flying

Another new airplane that made for some stunning photo ops was the Piper M600. Piper's latest turboprop has a clean-sheet wing, more power, touchscreen avionics and stylish interior enhancements.

Piper M600
The latest iteration of the PA-46 features a clean-sheet wing.Jim Barrett
Piper M600
The waters off Vero Beach, Florida, provide the perfect backdrop for an air-to-air photoshoot.Jim Barrett

Flying was also witness to history in 2016, during the first flight of a replica Junkers F13 in Zurich, Switzerland. High-end suitcase maker Rimowa celebrated the landmark event with a lavish, Golden Age of Aviation-themed party. Both the flight and the fete that followed made for some memorable photos.

Junkers F13
The Junkers F13 replica's first flight took place outside Zurich, Switzerland.Thomas Lüthi/Rimowa 2016
Junkers F13
Rimowa's party was held in Dubendorf’s famed Hangar 9, where Hugo Junkers built the first F13 in 1919.Rimowa

Gracing the cover of our November issue was the brand-new Legacy 450. The fly-by-wire mid-light bizjet makes Embraer a major contender in the business aviation market.

Embraer Legacy 450
The first Legacy 450 is expected to roll out of Embraer's new, expanded Melbourne, Florida, manufacturing facility in December.Erich Shibata
Embraer Legacy 450
The fly-by-wire Legacy's Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system.Erich Shibata

One of the most interesting pilots featured in Flying magazine this year is Kyle Franklin, a third-generation airshow performer who reflected on his family's legacy, his career in aviation and the success and tragedy along the way.

Kyle Franklin Dracula
Third-generation airshow performer Kyle Franklin in his Demon-1 Franklin Aircraft, Dracula.Jon Whittle

This year's National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, took on new look, but the excitement was still there as the event roared into its 53rd year. Check out the photos below and see our full coverage of the races here.

Reno Air Races 2016
Stihl came in as the title sponsor for the 2016 and 2017 races after Breitling decided to drop its sponsorship.Pia Bergqvist
Reno Air Races 2016
A line of T-6 Texans waits patiently in the desert sun for their turn to turn up the heat.John King, FlyerFocus.com
Reno Air Races 2016
A sport class heat comes out of the valley Friday morning at Reno.John King, FlyerFocus.com

Cirrus turned its safety record into one of the best in the industry with its new approach to transition training. Flying Editor-in-Chief Stephen Pope went through the course this year and came away a bigger believer in CAPS than he already was.

Cirrus Approach Training
The Cirrus Approach simulator training focuses on use of the SR series' CAPS full-airframe parachute, with scenarios that put the pilot in hopeless situations that require pulling the big red handle in the ceiling.Jim Koepnick
Cirrus Approach Training
By the end of Cirrus Approach training, pilots know when and how to use the parachute, and are able to make the decision to pull or not in a split second.Jim Koepnick

It was also a big year for CubCrafters, which saw certification of its XCub. The rugged new taildragger is right at home flying in remote backcountry locations, and it's easy on the eyes too.

CubCrafters XCub
Like the furry mammal from which the original name was derived, this Cub is a winner in the backcountry.Jon Bliss
CubCrafters XCub
Pushrods control the redesigned ailerons in the XCub, giving the airplane a stellar roll rate.Jon Bliss

One of the best places to see what's new in the world of business aircraft this year was the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition, which was held in Geneva, Switzerland, last May. Here are a few photos of what was on display.

European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition 2016
The static display outside the Palexpo convention center in Geneva was dominated by a BBJ 787-8, the largest airplane to have been on display at any NBAA-sponsored event.Pia Bergqvist
European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition
Pilatus PC-24 customers had an opportunity to take a closer look at the new interior inside the mockup at the EBACE indoor exhibit.Pia Bergqvist
European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition
Bombardier's exhibit of business jets dominated the center section of EBACE's static display.Pia Bergqvist

A story in the May issue of Flying brought us to California's Camarillo Airport, where the Commemorative Air Force restores, maintains and flies a beautiful collection of warbirds. Check out some of the CAF's collection below.

Commemorative Air Force
CAF SoCal's P-51 Mustang on display outside a hangar at Camarillo.Jon Whittle
Commemorative Air Force
Commemorative Air Force volunteer mechanics pass on the knowledge of how to maintain historic warbirds, such as this SNJ-5 Texan, in flying condition to new generations.Jon Whittle
Commemorative Air Force
The PBJ-1J B-25 Mitchell bomber is the latest to be restored at CAF SoCal.Jon Whittle

The HondaJet HA-420's unique design made the light jet one of the most anticipated airplanes of 2016. Find out whether the HondaJet lived up to the hype in this feature from our June issue.

HondaJet HA-420
With its sharply pointed nose, aggressive winglets and engines mounted on top of the wings, the HondaJet is easy to identify. Initially all will have a uniform paint scheme with five color choices.Honda Aircraft
HondaJet HA-420
Honda Aircraft’s president and CEO, Michimasa Fujino, chose the over-the-wing mount system for the GE Honda HF120 engines that power the HondaJet.Honda Aircraft

The past year also brought the opportunity to tour Mooney's factory in Kerrville, Texas, giving our readers an inside look at where the M20V Acclaim Ultra is being built.

Mooney Factory Tour
Mooney's delivery hangar provides space for customers to get up close and personal with their new airplane. The hangar also houses a newly redesigned training center.Pia Bergqvist
Mooney Factory Tour
The Continental TSIO-550G engine that powers the M20V Acclaim Ultra gets mounted at the end of the main assembly building.Pia Bergqvist

Game Composites' versatile GB1 GameBird is engineered for serious aerobatics, so who better to help us put it through its paces than freestyle world aerobatic champion Rob Holland?

GameBird GB1
If the GB1 GameBird with its superb handling qualities doesn’t put a smile on your face, no airplane will.Glenn Watson
GameBird GB1
Rob Holland pushed the edge of the GameBird's flight envelope at Oshkosh this year.Jon Whittle