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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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VFRsim 12 minutes ago View the latest post Foreflight Web: Beta
Have you guys heard, is there talk of Android support for their Foreflight mobile platform? It would seem thus far, Garmin essentially has the monopoly with Android, am I correct?
Engines and Propellers
mtv 45 minutes ago View the latest post 0-550
If you are having that much trouble or taking that much time to hot start it, and you have the hot start procedure down, I'd consider having a good mechanic look at it. You could have...
Trip Reports
hotrod180 49 minutes ago View the latest post The summer, she has not been kind to the Cascade snowpack
Low snowpack means less water available means some tough decisions. Take Port Townsend-- the city gets it's water from the Big Quilcene River 20 or more miles away from town. Crown...
jrc111 51 minutes ago View the latest post Electroair Electronic Ignition System
I put one on an experimental Bearhawk O-540 on the left mag. The experimental coil pack mounted on the firewall (maybe not the same as the STC version) made it necessary to glue a...
Light Sport Aircraft and Ultralights
tcraft Today, 08:08am View the latest post Super Legend
Have to put my vote in for the F 19 Taylorcraft performs almost as well as the super cub on 100 horse and probably performs better than anything else on 100 horse . Of course not comparing...
Theory, Practice, and Procedures
contactflying Today, 07:36am View the latest post Problems concerning maneuvering flight
Bagarre and Gump,
The problem of trying to climb too fast out of ground effect and not getting the performance we were insured by FAA teaching and the POH has affected every pilot....
Around the Campfire
182 STOL driver Today, 06:32am View the latest post Leading edge paint (or lack there of)
On my 182 SPORTSMAN leading is polished Alum. -never bothered to paint . Polish with Truckers wheel cleaner -about a buck at Walmart.
Projects: Homebuilding and Restoration
steve Today, 05:39am View the latest post How did you learn to weld ? Hints & Kinks for the Novice.
Beautiful examples of the kind of work we would all like to produce.

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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

Check out this and many more recommended books in the Bush Flying Library, as well as instructional and survival titles.