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    170s in the Wrangells

    Two big-engine Cessna 170s venture out to the edge of the Wrangell-St.Elias region in search of the Alaska backcountry flying experience. Read More
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Float flying
courierguy 4 minutes ago View the latest post Rivers, ramps and new homes, oh my!
No electricity shouldn't be an issue, a simple and small solar system would have plenty of time to recharge a battery bank in between use. The correct choice of the winch motor would...
Trip Reports
kg 4 minutes ago View the latest post Zane And The 170 Gang-Trip Report
Due to an ill family member I'm having to sit this summer out.... only the second summer since 1989 that I haven't been in Alaska... so I especially appreciate this as it allows me...
Aircraft Types
ViperPilot 6 minutes ago View the latest post Time Capsule found on eBay
Reading the Description, it looks like they did a bit of work to bring her up to snuff. I think she looks great!
qmdv - thanks for the reply; very illuminating!
Accident Analysis
contactflying 9 minutes ago View the latest post Crash at Upper Loon Creek, Challis, ID
This common too early pullup out of low ground effect is human nature. The obstruction is of great interest to the pilot and he tends to dwell on the top rather than bottom of it....
Photography and videography
Nosedragger Today, 04:45am View the latest post Vidme: Promising video hosting alternative to Youtube/Vimeo
That's great news. I never liked being forced to merge my google account with youtube. Looking forward to telling the sunnybeaches sayonara.
Products, Gear, and Technology
Zzz Yesterday, 22:42pm View the latest post Garmin Virb Elite review
Just bought a Garmin VIRB Elite and am interested in Addicted2Climbing’s camera mounts mentioned above. Where can I get one?
Probably PM Addicted2climbing directly, as he is...
Aircraft Types
Zzz Yesterday, 22:36pm View the latest post Bearhawk Patrol: Is Anyone Here Flying One?
This might help you find resources: http://www.bearhawkbuilder.com/
Also, there is a fly-in at Frederick, MD next weekend that Bob and Mark Goldberg will be at with their Patrols.
Projects: Homebuilding and Restoration
Cary Yesterday, 22:03pm View the latest post Looking for a builder/owner planning on using Oregon Aero
FWIW, I had the pilot seat in my P172D rebuilt by Oregon Aero, a few years ago. Definitely one of the better mods, as it makes it possible to fly all day and still walk at the end of...

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