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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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Backcountry safety and survival

Self-sufficiency in the absence of civilization is a critical skillset for pilots.

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Theory, Practice, and Procedures
Tom 11 minutes ago View the latest post Engine off landing practice on local dry lakes
I had the engine shut off the other day in the cub. It's kind of spooky that it's so quiet that was my first time with out the engine running.
Around the Campfire
pacerpilot Today, 05:37am View the latest post Check Out this new Camera platform
I wonder if it can cruse at 100MPH??
Products, Gear, and Technology
senior Today, 05:10am View the latest post Looking to Build a Propane Engine Pre Heater
With no hydro available out on the ice, I have no option but to use propane.
A simple sunburst heater mounted on a propane tank, a furnace duct reducer & a 4' length of aluminum...
Around the Campfire
CamTom12 Today, 04:05am View the latest post Officially started my PPL...
AIM is the Airman's Information Manual
Products, Gear, and Technology
EZFlap Yesterday, 22:08pm View the latest post EZFlap Handle Review
The one in the photo (Bearhawk) is a completely different shaped unit, and different control/seat geometry, than your 180. Totally different. You can see the Cessna unit in use easily...
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DENNY Yesterday, 22:02pm View the latest post Sasquatch - another reason to avoid Nevada
Some people spend too much time around the glue for the model airplanes when younger.
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blackrock Yesterday, 21:08pm View the latest post This is how i support my addiction!
You guys must have a screw loose! Looks like a fun thrill ride for sure!
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VFRsim Yesterday, 19:15pm View the latest post Durango to Seattle Family Vacation-Beta Needed
I'm at Smith Prairie, Idaho (2U0). Nice long runway (5K), all of our smoke has cleared out.. today was about a 5kt breeze up the runway, and 65 degrees. Gorgeous. Tie-downs, bbq...

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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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