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    Bound for the Backcountry II - Lord Flat

    Native Idahoan pilot and historian Richard Holm has released the follow-up to his highly praised Bound for the Backcountry; we've featured his chapter on the Lord Flat airstrip in NE Oregon. Read More
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The Sporting Life
Tom 48 minutes ago View the latest post Last time you used a wet compass, pen & paper?
Along the border fence
Around the Campfire
EZFlap Today, 00:06am View the latest post Harrison Ford Injured in Plane Crash
100 years ago, I learned to fly at KSMO. The golf course is right off the end of the runway, slightly left of course line. Quite a few airplanes have visited that golf course.
Airports and Airstrips
TomD Yesterday, 22:53pm View the latest post Hidden Splendor Airstrip, Utah
Thread about Hidden Splendor got me off my rear post a couple of videos I have had since May.
Went into HS and forgot to turn camera on inbound but got this on the departure:
scottf Yesterday, 20:46pm View the latest post What are the typical opening dates for most Idaho BC strips?
Garden valley and Johnson creek were good two weekends ago, didn't look anywhere else... Check the webcams and see what strips are at similar elevations and drainages. Was a pretty...
Knowledge Base
contactflying Yesterday, 20:09pm View the latest post Mountain Flying page in the Knowledge Base
While in the 717th Med Det NMARNG at Santa Fe, the Air Force sent a weather officer out to give us the typical weather briefing quarterly. They covered prevailing conditions for spring,...
Aviation Regulation and Law
marcusofcotton Yesterday, 19:13pm View the latest post Pilot Bill of rights 2 / medical
Everyone also assist your friends, relatives, and anyone else to contact their congressmen, make it easy for them. Here is the easy link again for simplicity:
Regional/Area Information
idair Yesterday, 18:27pm View the latest post guess I'm not an executive
Sun Valley actually isn't bad. It's Atlantic, but landing is free, parking is free, and overnight is only $12/night, and 100LL is only $5.90 a gallon. I say "only" because...
Engines and Propellers
Battson Yesterday, 18:23pm View the latest post First R409 in SQ-12
Looks like an amazing engine. Wish I could afford something like that for my plane, over the standard 540
I reckon I will give the Whirlwind a go when the current blades wear out,...

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.

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Bush Flying Library

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