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    The Wrangell Mountain Skyboys

    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. Read More
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Learn about backcountry airports and off-airport operations from around the world.

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Bush planes and aircraft that are ideal for backcountry flying, including popular modifications and accessories.

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Techniques and procedures for negotiating the unique flight environment of the backcountry.

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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
pburns 4 minutes ago View the latest post Retracting flaps on landing
I raise my flaps after landing so I don't hit my head on them repeatedly getting out of the plane. C'mon page 7!
Around the Campfire
deckofficer 36 minutes ago View the latest post Air Park living on the cheap
For those that have researched air park living, the most common price break is the fixer for $300K and it goes up from there. In my research over the last 6 years while I was caring...
Community
soyAnarchisto Yesterday, 22:49pm View the latest post Hi from CO
no need to travel all the way over to marble - take him over to Easton valley - and pretend those power lines extend over the runway on the approach from the north landing to the south
then...
Around the Campfire
BKK Yesterday, 22:13pm View the latest post High Performance (200+hp)- Does it matter?
Wont affect your hiring prospect at all. I never even looked at HP or Retract time when I was hiring.
Couple years back when I was getting quotes to insure a Bearhawk it was $2600/yr...
Marketplace
Brian-StevesAircraft Yesterday, 22:03pm View the latest post ISO 1973-1975 Cessna 182 spinner assembly
Hi Brian,
I have several of these spinners available. I called and left a message on the number you provided. You are welcome to call me at 308-390-5974.
thanks,
Kent
Kent,
Our shop...
Modifications
bat443 Yesterday, 21:32pm View the latest post Cessna 180/185 rudder aileron interconnect
Bill,
If you look in the parts manual it will be clear that you can just remove the cables, the clamps that connect the cables and the springs. Cessna sold the float ki for your...
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Hammer Yesterday, 21:30pm View the latest post Impromptu NORCAL West Circuit flying tomorrow
Going kayaking, but if you do a low pass through Giant Gap I'll wave...
Photography and videography
Zzz Yesterday, 21:30pm View the latest post Wide angle lenses
^^ So Hammer, don't keep us in suspense, what is it??
One thing that's pretty critical in wide angles is the aspherical elements that are intended to reduce optical distortion. Some...

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A Thousand Words

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What is a picture worth? View this full frame slideshow of some of the most stunning backcountry flying photos from our community.

Featured photographer

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.