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By John Vandene / 13 March 2015

Going North!

This is the year you’re going to do it...you’re going to take your southern acclimatized bush bird and take her North.
Native Idahoan pilot and historian Richard Holm has released the follow-up to his highly praised Bound for the Backcountry. This time his historical focus is on the rich aviation history of the region along the Idaho/Oregon border where the Lower Salmon joins the Snake.
In the 4th installment of STOL Tips, we're talking about go-arounds and balked landings, a useful technique for safely aborting a landing or evaluating a landing zone, but also an action that can often increase the workload on the pilot.
In his recently published guide, pilot and adventurer Ney Grant shares his fifty favorite destinations for like-minded pilots, complete with story and photos. Here's a sneak peek at a few.
Ultima Thule Lodge pilot Arturo Polo-Ena is our most recent featured photographer. Learn more about the charismatic Spanish pilot/photographer whose knack for capturing the spirit of Alaskan bush flying in his stunning imagery is leaving viewers in awe once again of the Super Cub and the great North.
By Taj Shoemaker / 04 November 2014

A Working Skywagon

Given the legend status of the Cessna 180, there's no shortage of good specimens to write about. In this case, it's the working Skywagon owned and operated by Taj Shoemaker of North River Air, based in Kodiak, Alaska.
In this 3-part series, two pilots ferry a new CubCrafters Top Cub from Washington state to Anchorage via interior British Columbia. Nothing goes wrong. It's an excellent trip and a milestone achieved for the low-time pilot-author.
Oregon pilot and bush plane guru Wup Winn, formerly of Alaskan Bushwheel, makes a fresh start with his new company, Backcountry Connection.

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