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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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Maintenance and Parts Support
hotrod180 1 minute ago View the latest post Tire pressure Cessna 180 850x6
... was close to 600 on main, 5 on the nose. Just wondering how much heavier a 180 is. Probably about a hundred, one fifty guessing.....
Why would you guess that a 180 is heavier than...
mtv 8 minutes ago View the latest post BAS harness for 170B
Note the difference on trim plates in the photos in the last two posts. Interesting. Early & later maybe?
My BAS harnesses were purchased in 2009 and the trim plates are like Alpina's.
Trip Reports
Karmutzen 19 minutes ago View the latest post Where did you fly today?
Nootka Island (Calvin Falls), then Nimpkish Lake.
Dropped in at Calvin Falls on Saturday. Couple of kayakers said a yellow taildragger there just when they were coming ashore a few...
Maintenance and Parts Support
SKYLANEDAVE 40 minutes ago View the latest post Any clever ways to lift an old cessna?
Yeah, the inspection is pretty much the point
Trip Reports
Scolopax 57 minutes ago View the latest post The summer, she has not been kind to the Cascade snowpack
..........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...
Around the Campfire
paulrick Today, 09:06am View the latest post Alaska by 182A
Good day all,
My wife and two kids are leaving next week to Alaska from our home in Saskatchewan. We are doing an animal transfer for Paws n Pilots. After we deliver the animal to...
Theory, Practice, and Procedures
contactflying Today, 07:54am View the latest post Problems concerning maneuvering flight
Let's move on to something even more controversial, the apparent brisk walk rate of closure approach. I have flown with Anarchisto and have watched a lot of video on this site and...
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Zzz Today, 07:03am View the latest post Garmin VIRB XE - Tire cleaning
I'm just gonna come right out and say it: I've NEVER been happy with my GoPro. But I was afraid to come out and say for fear of ridicule. I figured I was the only on since they sell...

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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.