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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

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


Backcountry aircraft

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


Backcountry piloting

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

Safety & Survival

Backcountry safety and survival

Self-sufficiency in the absence of civilization is a critical skillset for pilots.

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Latest forum activity

Aviation Regulation and Law
jjbaker Yesterday, 23:16pm View the latest post Pilot Bill of rights 2 / medical
....Applying general logic and sentiment on display elsewhere: Membership in ALPA is destructive to General Aviation.
Alright. Didn't know that this sentence could possible be perceived...
Projects: Homebuilding and Restoration
wannabe Yesterday, 23:15pm View the latest post MOLEX Connectors - Good, Bad, or Okay?
Aviation has fallen a long way down from the days of waterproof Cannon Connectors.
I would not expose Molex to firewall forward heat
Some good advise above about round pins and GOOD...
Denali Yesterday, 22:51pm View the latest post Panel Design Software
Here is a nice little simple paper put out by Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. Perfect title , I have linked to the downloadable PDF
" Instrument Panel Design "
Engines and Propellers
wannabe Yesterday, 22:50pm View the latest post Where to Send Crankcase for Overhaul
Nicksons seems to ring a bell...
Theory, Practice, and Procedures
albravo Yesterday, 22:05pm View the latest post Retracting flaps on landing
This is the same issue as amphib pilots that instinctively (and disastrously) drop the gear before landing on water because dropping the gear is what you do before landing. At some...
bart Yesterday, 21:56pm View the latest post Positive input - less bravado.
The "ignore list" works great. Just add the folks who rub you the wrong way (or do little but troll) and you don't see their posts.
I put Hammer on my ignore list shortly...
Regional/Area Information
blackrock Yesterday, 21:39pm View the latest post Flying to Baja
Thanks everyone for the great info. Well be there the week before the Baja Pilots crowd is due so hopefully we'll be ok. Good to know I shouldn't plan to land off airport since we...
hawaiisurfer Yesterday, 20:38pm View the latest post Hello from Utah!
Hi Andrew!
Good luck on your PPL! I did mine a few years ago and it was amazing! Life on the ground will never be the same
Thanks! I am looking forward to being able to start exploring.

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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

Check out this and many more recommended books in the Bush Flying Library, as well as instructional and survival titles.