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Gentleman Husky pilot and globetrotter Alex Wells is our latest featured photographer. Get to know the Bend, Oregon resident a little better to learn how he brings to life his aerial landscape and candid photography.
By Zane Jacobson / May 23, 2016 12:00 am

Attention deficit: Alaska

The editor bites off a little more than he can chew as he brings his young family along for the annual sojourn to the The Great Alaska Aviation Gathering, resulting in a wildly mixed Alaska experience in this saga of a trip report.
In the 5th installment of STOL Tips-- a series on operating aircraft in as short a distance for takeoff and landing as possible-- we're going to look at the special considerations for operating tricycle-gear aircraft in the off-airport environment.
By John Nielsen / April 05, 2016 12:00 am

A better than new Cessna 170

Of all the classic airplanes we wish were still newly manufactured, the Cessna 170B would be near the top of the list. John Nielsen turned wishing into reality when he rebuilt his 1955 model from the ground-up into an aircraft that is truly better than new.
By Don Cogger / March 23, 2016 05:48 pm

The business of recovery

In this tale from bush flying yesteryear, Don Cogger signs up to help Atlee Dodge Jr recovery a bent Cessna 207 "sled" from a tight spot.
Halfway around the world from the usual bush flying haunts lies the isolated Scandinavian island of Iceland: the "land of ice and fire", so named for its mountains, glaciers, and volcanoes. This is just as likely a place to explore by bushplane as any in Alaska or Canada. Super Cub pilot Arnar Thor Emilsson takes us on a photographic journey…
In a time before radio navigation, detailed charts, and reliable engines, the frontiersman of the sky helped blaze the way for aviation and exploration in Alaska. The following is a short overview of the characters from Katie Ringsmuth's new historical account Alaska’s Skyboys: Cowboy Pilot and the Myth of the Last Frontier.
By Michael Marco / January 12, 2016 12:00 am

Summer in the Pacer

A summer job as a de Havilland Beaver glacier pilot sounds ideal, but there is just so much to explore in Alaska— An adventuresome pilot needs his own airplane.

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