Aviation in China

Published on April 18, 2014 by in Misc.

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In 2011, China announced a plan to spend a quarter of a trillion dollars to jump-start its aerospace industry. Alex Haynes has been ferrying Cessna Caravans and Quest Kodiaks from the U.S. to China for a while now. Aidan caught up with him in Seattle to find out what it’s like to fly to China, what it’s like to fly in China, and what job opportunities there are for oddball pilots.

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“A Tremendous, Joyous Romp …”

Published on April 15, 2014 by in Misc.

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The life stories of oddball pilots often read like adventure novels. Like all good books, you don’t want them to end. In this short tribute, Ross Nixon remembers his friend Derrick Cedars.

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“Ketchikan: The Bush Pilots”

Published on April 11, 2014 by in Videos

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Dream of flying seaplanes? You’ll love this rousing cinematic tribute to the history, airplanes, people, and geography of Southeast Alaska.

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Member Q&A Session 003

Published on March 24, 2014 by in Q&A

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In our third interactive Q&A call just for Oddball Pilot members, we chatted with Gareth Bliss about flying the PBY-5A Catalina, working airshows, and making dreams real.

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Ferry Flying: An Introduction

Published on March 11, 2014 by in Courses

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Whether you’re an aspiring ferry pilot or just curious how small aircraft get moved around the planet, you’ll be interested in our course on ferry flying. In this introductory lesson, veteran oceanic ferry pilot Alex Haynes provides an overview of what ferry flying really is, who ferry pilots are, and what they need to know.

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When Aidan stopped by the UK last spring, he not only heard about Gareth Bliss’s unique path to the cockpit of a PBY Catalina–he also got a tour. Tag along and learn about the history and features of this unique aircraft!

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Member Spotlight: Gareth Bliss

Published on February 26, 2014 by in Member Spotlights

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In our first Member Spotlight you’ll hear about how Gareth Bliss found his way from aviation, to an IT career, and then into the right seat of a Consolidated PBY Catalina. Sometimes the route to your dream job isn’t a straight line. But it’s always worth the wait!

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Member Q&A Session 002

Published on February 10, 2014 by in Q&A

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In our second interactive Q&A call just for Oddball Pilot members, the conversation was about where Alaskan aviation is headed, who’s hiring right now, lodge work, safety, jobs in Africa, and the secret to finding interesting work.

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The Gray Area

Published on February 8, 2014 by in Essays

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The ferry flying business involves far more than just flying airplanes around the world. Often the weight of an entire deal rests on the ferry pilot’s shoulders. In his first piece for Oddball Pilot, Alex Haynes explores what it’s like working in the high-pressure area at the intersection of aircraft sellers, buyers, and brokers.

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When Aidan was climbing in Afghanistan last fall, his climbing partner Dylan Taylor mentioned he had written a story about a Kenn Borek Air flight he was on in Antarctica a few years ago. He sent us the piece and included some great photos. Together, they provide a nice introduction to what it’s like to fly a Twin Otter over the coldest, driest, and windiest continent on the planet.

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