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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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Backcountry destinations

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Backcountry aircraft

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
glacier 23 minutes ago View the latest post Retracting flaps on landing
My feeling on retracting flaps on landing is:
1) Light winds, or calm: Slow the plane to be completely done with flying while still in the air so that touch down and roll out are much...
Trip Reports
bart 53 minutes ago View the latest post Bart's Flight Log
Some recent pics of the planes and the dog...
A brief stint with Bushwheels on the wagon. They were taken from the cub, but pretty worn out so they didn't stay on long...but they looked...
Around the Campfire
bart Today, 22:47pm View the latest post Photo thread: Ramp Mummies
Some local ramp mummies. The Maule M-4 220C is sitting quietly at the Sierra Skypark in Fresno, CA, while the Fairchild is at the Visalia airport about 50 miles SE of Fresno...
Trip Reports
albravo Today, 22:21pm View the latest post Flying with RobW56
Love those pics of the kids!
Agree with the previous poster that commented on the beauty of a Cessna taildragger in flight.
Aviation Regulation and Law
lesuther Today, 22:08pm View the latest post Pilot Bill of rights 2 / medical
It would be nice if we could move past the crippling fear of 9/11.
I cannot think of any credible reason why a CFI should not be able to issue a student license on the spot if they...
Tuning, Maintenance, and Parts Support
DaveF Today, 21:32pm View the latest post C170 w. Lyc O-360 engine mount help
J-7402-5 is not the mount used on all O-360 conversions. According to the STC documentation I have, the Avcon STC SA806CE and Del-Air STC SA00461SE conversions both use the Lord J-3804-28...
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Sidewinder Today, 20:03pm View the latest post Deadliest Job Interview - Bush Pilot
An aircraft can spin in either direction, but most have a more favored direction when trying to induce. On the contrary, spins are a great way of getting pilots to get used to their...
blackrock Today, 19:03pm View the latest post Maule/Bearhawk Cargo Doors
I just went to the local place that sells and maintains travel trailers and motor homes. They had a large selection of different sizes and strengths. I'll measure mine and post the...

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A Thousand Words

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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

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