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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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Barnstormer 2 minutes ago View the latest post Sounds of the Skywagon
Say it isn't so!
Can't you stop eating for awhile, or sell your sperm, or both? If that won't save you enough money then I say sell the helicopter, put a stretcher door on the 180,...
Around the Campfire
Rob 25 minutes ago View the latest post A new type of contest - Timed drag race
I like Rob's take also.
- Start and stop from the same line
- Have two pylons equidistant from start line, maybe 2500' ??
- Takeoff, fly wings level until past the first pylon, turn...
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EZFlap 39 minutes ago View the latest post EZFlap Handle Review
He took a lot of time to shorten it at the quadrant end and make it look original. A nice job complete with distressed paint. Not sure that there was any basis for approval:) Someone...
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fiftynineSC 41 minutes ago View the latest post C 170A upgrade to O360
Coming from a 180/185 guy that flew a 170 early on....I do see a "mission" for a 180 horse 170. Great airplane, flies really nice. No, it doesn't make economic sense to...
Cary Today, 14:36pm View the latest post New Coffee Thread?
One of my personal heroes, the great Canadian bushcraft instructor Mors Kochanski demonstrates how he makes coffee in the bush:
I have to say, that's a real kick. I don't...
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BRD Today, 14:24pm View the latest post Where did you fly today?
Few more with the small camera:
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Cary Today, 14:08pm View the latest post Lake Chelan WA PIREP
When I took my very first seaplane lesson in BC 3 summers ago, part of the post flight protocol was a total washdown of the airplane and floats. Here's my instructor, Chris, doing that:
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180Marty Today, 13:50pm View the latest post Cont O-470 Valve cover failure
I have some pinkish colored gaskets that I've had laying around for years that I just installed. Painted some of that black sticky gasket sealer on the cover side and just put it back...

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A Thousand Words

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Alaskan bush pilot and photographer Arturo Polo-Ena

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Bush Flying Library

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