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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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CAVU 17 minutes ago View the latest post Photo Caption Contest... Bring it.
with heavy brogue: "Where is my BABY??? Get INTO my Belly!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nixR6wVa4HY
Airports and Airstrips
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I called the State of Idaho three weeks ago and they told me the caretakers would be there until the end of September. Obviously things can change. A small group of us is planning...
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The sleeved cylinder is something I forgot about but I really like.
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Okay I put a ND filter on the camera. And here is the first video with it. It cleaned the prop up a bit but it also dulled the colors and the clarity, but you be the judge. Do the previous...
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The condor tires were really crappy tires. They always weather checked really fast some times just a few years. Condor tires are always way the heck out of balance and can take a mountain...
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I am soooo happy that I no longer HAVE to fly around and through that shit any more.....

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A Thousand Words

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Alaskan bush pilot and photographer Arturo Polo-Ena

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