• Featured Bush Planes

    A better than new Cessna 170

    Of all the classic airplanes we wish were still newly manufactured, the Cessna 170B would be near the top of the list. John Nielsen tells his story of how he rescued a nearly abandoned aircraft and made it better than new. Read More
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Backcountry safety and survival

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Around the Campfire
Cary 51 minutes ago View the latest post The journey of a wannabe bush pilot
When you're coming back from the practice area (or later from cross countries), it's a good idea to get down to the TPA a few miles outside the pattern. It's not a good idea to be diving...
hardtailjohn Today, 18:08pm View the latest post WTB - Supplied Fresh Air System
I had a few customers build their own from a small shop vacuum. They worked great!
Airports and Airstrips
CAVU Today, 17:11pm View the latest post 48 State Camping?
Columbia's always been a favorite overnight spot of ours in the spring, when the grass is green and the temperatures are mild. It has hot showers, grub in town, a lush grass airstrip,...
Aviation Regulation and Law
contactflying Today, 14:01pm View the latest post Contact's Apology to Instructors Everywhere
I try to use language you people will understand, if they watch old movies, that is. My wife was fussing to go and I didn't edit the earlier post. i meant to say young people, not...
silflexer Today, 13:30pm View the latest post FS: 2013 Rans S7S
Yes it is for sale, my apologies, ad has been edited.
Video Gallery
contactflying Today, 13:21pm View the latest post Brian Shul SR-71
Good talk. Good pictures. Good man. +1 on what it means when God gives us a second life.
Theory, Practice, and Procedures
A1Skinner Today, 12:41pm View the latest post Time to get a tailwheel!
All this talk about rudder! It all goes together. It's not rudder alone.
I'm a recent convert, not an expert, but my experience was that I needed to get better control of everything....
Tuning, Maintenance, and Parts Support
PAMR MX Today, 12:29pm View the latest post Cessna window latch repair
Im glad people have gotten some use out of this.
Strictly out of curiosity...
For a certified plane like a Cessna, does that procedure fall under a maintenance or other minor upkeep...

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IO-550 conversions for Cessna 206 and 210 and Bonanza


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Alaskan bush pilot and photographer Dan Bailey

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Bush Flying Library

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