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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PA-46 North Atlantic Crossing

If you’ve ever wondered what transoceanic ferry flying entails, here’s a nice introduction. Piper PA46 training specialist Dick Rochfort shot some great videos on one of his ferry flights across the North Atlantic. The entire series will take you about 90 minutes to watch … a small fraction of the time Dick spent sitting in the cockpit on the actual trip.

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An update … from Kabul

Published on November 17, 2013 by in Updates

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An update on Aidan’s unexpected adventure in Afghanistan due to visa issues, filmed while he was still working things out in Kabul last month.

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By definition, any flying job that was only held by 93 pilots is an oddball job. While there’s obviously nobody hiring pilots to fly the SR-71 “Blackbird” these days, we’ve found some great videos that will show you what you missed out on.

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Member Q&A Session 001

Published on October 28, 2013 by in Q&A

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In our first interactive Q&A call just for Oddball Pilot members, Aidan and a few guys from Era Alaska provide perspectives on getting your first job flying in Alaska if you’re a low-time pilot. How many hours do you really need? What do you put on a resume? When’s the best time to apply? The conversation went so well we’ll be doing more of these!

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An Update … from Afghanistan

Published on October 27, 2013 by in Updates

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Aidan’s been stuck in Afghanistan for a month due to visa issues. Before that adventure, he recorded this update video … after climbing a 6,000-meter peak in the Pamir range.

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KNPA GPS Approach Excerpt

As linguist Deborah Fallows recently pointed out on TheAtlantic.com, even the most routine flying can be a bit oddball if you know where to look.

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The Myth of the Bush Pilot

Published on September 26, 2013 by in Videos

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The heyday of the Canadian bush pilot was already over by the time Norma Bailey and Bob Lower shot their documentary film “Bush Pilot: Reflections on a Canadian Myth” in 1978. Today, 35 years later, changes in aviation are coming even faster. And yet, we’d like to suggest that the spirit of these rugged aircraft and the pilots who flew them is still very much alive today … if you know where to look.

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It’s an old aviation joke. But the fact is, when the light bulb is a beacon at the top of a guyed tower 2,000 feet up, there aren’t many pilots–or other people–who would be willing to do the job. Would you?

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September Update

Published on September 4, 2013 by in Updates

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Is it really almost Fall already? Here’s what we’ve got planned for you in September.

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