• Tales from Yesteryear

    True Maine bush flying stories

    Pilot and author Jake Morrel has released Hardscrabble Lodge: True Maine Bush Flying Stories, a vivacious and colorful tale of his pursuit of a life in the wilderness of northwest Maine.

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Helicopter and rotorcraft flying
Denali 28 minutes ago View the latest post Light Helicopters/Rotorcraft - Is the Future Electric?
... I did not want to introduce thread drift in another thread so I am introducing this separately...
I am wondering…. about the light helicopter landscape....and...
It is 2016 and...
Denali 39 minutes ago View the latest post The light helicopter landscape
Interesting Topic. It seems very deep pockets required .
Trip Reports
Flyhound 47 minutes ago View the latest post Where did you fly today?
I skipped the High Sierra Fly-in this year because the weather for departing from Puget Sound was projected to be bad, and the weather for my return was supposed to be even worse. ...
Photography and videography
Denali Today, 08:55am View the latest post Gyro Stabilizer for Aerial Photography - Anyone Used One?
@ Hafast:
Wow. What an amazing portfolio in your link. The compositions lighting control are just stunning.
Okay, so if I see a Gyro Stabilizer for sale for $250, I am convinced;...
Around the Campfire
Gunny Today, 05:01am View the latest post Short Field landing on a 13,400' Rwy
"The worst thing you could have done was do it "in a couple of hundred feet" and flop it over on its back, like a Stearman at OSH a few years back. I saw it happen, and...
Helicopter and rotorcraft flying
contactflying Yesterday, 20:08pm View the latest post Here's some pictures to start off the new section
The door gunner on the Loach was called a torque. He sat on the floor facing out the right door. He used a M-60 without a butt plate, a M-79 grenade launcher, and a box full of various...
Airports and Airstrips
PittsDriver Yesterday, 20:05pm View the latest post Escalante 1L7 PIREP Request
We spoke with the caretaker back in August when we stayed a few days. He was only temporary. I hope they're able to find someone good to keep it in good shape. It's a nice place for...
TomD Yesterday, 11:08am View the latest post Avionics & Engine Theft - What can you do ?
Could the manufacturer program that thing so that if it were to be stolen, the victim could notify Garmin and it could eventually be rendered inoperative.
Even more immediate solution...


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Husky pilot and photographer Alex Wells

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Bush Flying Library

Bush Flying Library

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