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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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Prosaria 30 minutes ago View the latest post Alaska vacation ideas?
Anchorage is the main jumping off point, but you could do Fairbanks or Juneau as well. My recommendation would be to fly in to Fairbanks and check interior Alaska off your list, take...
Products, Gear, and Technology
GumpAir 39 minutes ago View the latest post Pistol Grip for a stick
PTT, missiles, guns. Yup, three buttons.
About 25 years ago a buddy and I got Picket Terminators and wired them up to mic jacks.
We shot a lot of airplanes down.
Trip Reports
courierguy 43 minutes ago View the latest post Where did you fly today?
DBI: Indeed, the WX in Idaho has been super good the last several days, no fire smoke (yet)! Right after that recent cold front departed, was some of the clearest skies ever, 100 miles...
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Boy, if I were thinking Rans, I'd really take a hard look at the S-20. Same basic airplane and performance, but side by side seating for your significant other and a HUGE baggage area...
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..........The situation in Southern California is a whole other deal. I can imagine that they will be forced to start large scale desalination operations, which will drive food prices...
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rjb Today, 19:53pm View the latest post Notes from the Cockpit: A Mountain Pilot's Perspective
Damn it, Zane.
I am already a net shopaholic and I resisted the pointer to the book maybe 5 minutes.
I found it hard to put down and I have finished it. My only complaint is that I...
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tcj Today, 19:15pm View the latest post PBY on sandbar.
She's still sitting on the tarmac at Arlington, WA in her Tanker 85 colors on Google maps. I saw her there last January. I should have taken her picture.
Engines and Propellers
M6RV6 Today, 18:15pm View the latest post MT electric adjustable prop
I've got one on an RV8. I don't have a lot of experience with it yet,...

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