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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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Airports and Airstrips
robw56 30 minutes ago View the latest post Gravely Valley Work Crew Needed, Sep 12/13 2015
Stacey and I are planning on showing up Friday night. I think Justin is coming in his 182 also.
Resky 31 minutes ago View the latest post Two Johnson Creek Questions
Caretakers plan on leaving later this year. Check with Idaho Aeronautics for the exact date. The facilities will be open until they leave, but, even after they leave at least a vault...
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jmurtap 56 minutes ago View the latest post Flying The Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project
I have a copy, it's a great documentary for any audience!!
shortBuzz Today, 09:53am View the latest post Garmin D2 Bravo watch, feedback
I have the apple watch which works with foreflight and a few other apps. Does a lot more too. That's why I didn't go the D2 way when I needed a new watch.
akavidflyer Today, 09:40am View the latest post C 170A upgrade to O360
All ready to go.
A 4 place with only one pound more useful load than my 2 place Avid... Good looking bird though.
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Karmutzen Today, 09:38am View the latest post My Waterski Cherry.......Popped!
Closest to a definitive thread is https://www.backcountrypilot.org/forum/how-do-i-hydroplaning-the-wheels-2107, search for "hydroplaning" instead of "waterski"...
Ski Flying
mtv Today, 09:08am View the latest post o-300 powered 172 with skis
Wait are you selling these right now on Ak list?
Looks like the same nose ski that came off my previous 172 before I TD converted it long ago. The previous owner said it was a bad...
Trip Reports
mtv Today, 09:06am View the latest post Alaska to Alabama, take two
I had Chena Marina Air check it for me. Everything checks out. Mark thinks it's normal Pacer handling that's exacerbated by the stuff gear.
I've gotten pretty used to it and don't have...

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