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    Bound for the Backcountry II - Lord Flat

    Native Idahoan pilot and historian Richard Holm has released the follow-up to his highly praised Bound for the Backcountry; we've featured his chapter on the Lord Flat airstrip in NE Oregon. Read More
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Around the Campfire
courierguy 6 minutes ago View the latest post Harrison Ford Injured in Plane Crash
Poor guy, most days I envy him, not today! Not for the hard landing, that is what it is and we can all relate. But the hyper media focus on the event, he's already being portrayed as...
Knowledge Base
Battson 25 minutes ago View the latest post Mountain Flying page in the Knowledge Base
I think one important section needs to be about knowing the local area well.
Certain areas seem to be really bad during certain prevailing winds, however other places might be no...
Airports and Airstrips
58Skylane 27 minutes ago View the latest post What are the typical opening dates for most Idaho BC strips?
are you kidding... you're asking us and you live in Boise?????
There are no "Opening Dates" that I know of!
For wheels, just when the snow is gone and not too soft...
Aviation Regulation and Law
marcusofcotton 45 minutes ago View the latest post Pilot Bill of rights 2 / medical
Everyone also assist your friends, relatives, and anyone else to contact their congressmen, make it easy for them. Here is the easy link again for simplicity:
The Sporting Life
8GCBC 55 minutes ago View the latest post Last time you used a wet compass, pen & paper?
Except a few minor improvements*, the Scout and my Lycoming were designed fifty plus years ago and I am not looking at anything else. She does the job and I push 'er in the hangar....
Regional/Area Information
idair Today, 18:27pm View the latest post guess I'm not an executive
Sun Valley actually isn't bad. It's Atlantic, but landing is free, parking is free, and overnight is only $12/night, and 100LL is only $5.90 a gallon. I say "only" because...
Engines and Propellers
Battson Today, 18:23pm View the latest post First R409 in SQ-12
Looks like an amazing engine. Wish I could afford something like that for my plane, over the standard 540
I reckon I will give the Whirlwind a go when the current blades wear out,...
Products, Gear, and Technology
TomD Today, 15:17pm View the latest post JPI Vs EI
I have been running a JPI-FS-450 for five years and other than an initial adjustment to the "K" factor it has been flawless. It is within a fraction of a gallon on a full...

A Thousand Words

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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

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