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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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contactflying 7 minutes ago View the latest post o-235 in a champ
I liked the Champ with the C-90 best in the desert and mountains. I had several C-75, and C-85 engines that ran pretty hot all the time in summer. The C-90 was powerful enough and...
Around the Campfire
cogito 42 minutes ago View the latest post Two Johnson Creek Questions
Thank you Gentlemen, much appreciated.
Airports and Airstrips
Oregon180 46 minutes ago View the latest post Backup Plan Recomendations for Sept Trip
I also have plans for An Idaho trip in September. Smoke's been so bad around here that I've barely made it out of the pattern.
Looks like things are going to improve starting tonight,...
Around the Campfire
Gunny Today, 10:57am View the latest post My BCSC - Version 2 (SQ) updated 8/26
I like the reddish/orange one but without any checkers.
Ditto;).... but it's your airplane!
Maintenance and Parts Support
hotrod180 Today, 10:47am View the latest post Cont O-470 Valve cover failure
Anybody see this before. The engine was majored 5 years ago and I fixed another one a year or so ago.
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blackrock Today, 10:45am View the latest post Blackrock's Video Page
Yes, it would good to meet up. Let's go flying! I'm between Elko and Tucson a lot so not sure where I'll be on any particular week.
Are you going to HSF?
Accident Analysis
blackrock Today, 10:42am View the latest post Wire Strike SE Idaho - Fortunate Ending
Looks like a really close call. Obviously glad to hear they are ok!

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Alaskan bush pilot and photographer Arturo Polo-Ena

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