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    Notes from the Cockpit: A Mountain Pilot's Perspective

    Pilot and author Dick Williams has released Notes from the Cockpit: A Mountain Pilot's Perspective, chronicling his 40 years and 18,000 hours flying the Idaho backcountry as a collection of fun and interesting tales.

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Aircraft Types
aktahoe1 Today, 05:59am View the latest post Cessna 170B+Sim
Nicest 170 "backcountry" plane on the planet!
DrifterDriver Today, 01:39am View the latest post FS: 2011 Rans S6ES, tailwheel, $40k
what what what! surely you got a kidney or some limbs you could sell off first! car? pets? wife? anything but the S6!
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175 magnum Yesterday, 23:58pm View the latest post Where did you fly today?
Courierguy that is a very nice picture of your plane and tent all set up in the moonlight. It was also very gracious of you to NOT post pics of assorted trail pies.
Flo Yesterday, 22:55pm View the latest post Hauling Mogas....
Just thought I would share my method of transferring fuel. The auto-shutoff with the magnetic catch mechanism works really well.
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VFRsim Yesterday, 22:42pm View the latest post Sheep Mountain. Alaska. Good eats.
Oh no... I love old Volvo's...
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daedaluscan Yesterday, 22:22pm View the latest post Notes from the Cockpit: A Mountain Pilot's Perspective
Looks great, but only available on kindle from Amazon.canada???
Around the Campfire
denalipilot Yesterday, 21:55pm View the latest post Alaska vacation ideas?
The thing about September in Alaska, particularly in Interior, is that it can be summer at the start, and winter by the end of the month. Particularly in Denali. Each year is different...

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A Thousand Words

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Alaskan bush pilot and photographer Arturo Polo-Ena

Check out the work of our latest featured photographer Arturo Polo-Ena, a working bush pilot for Ultima Thule Lodge in Alaska.

Bush Flying Library

Bush Flying Library

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