Holiday Helicopters at Work

Published on December 14, 2015 by in Misc.

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With the holidays fast-approaching, we thought you’d appreciate seeing the oddball pilot’s contribution to the Christmas tree industry. Regardless of your personal holiday preferences, you have to admire the skill these Oregon helicopter pilots demonstrate.

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Delivering the Goods

Published on December 2, 2015 by in Misc.

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“Air Mail Pilot.” It’s not a title we see any longer. But it once described aviators with a single mission … to fly the mail. They were oddball pilots indeed. Looking back and hearing from those who actually did it might help give us some perspective about new ways on the horizon for flying the mail.

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BBC reporter Poonam Taneja tried to forget about aviation when her father was killed in a crash while delivering a plane from Scotland to Canada in 1999. 17 years later she wanted to learn more about what he did, and understand his passion for it. The result is a thoughtful short documentary that recently aired on BBC Radio 4.

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Marty had been intrigued by the Pilatus Porter PC-6 STOL for years, but had never actually seen one in person. But when he walked through the gates at AirVenture 2015 in Oshkosh a few days ago, there it was. Inspired, he couldn’t help doing some research. If you’ve ever dreamed of flying a PC-6, this overview will point you in the right direction.

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Aerial Firefighting … Then and Now

Published on July 19, 2015 by in Misc.

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We’ve been wanting to explore aerial firefighting for a long while. After all, it’s one of the most oddball flying jobs out there! Marty gets the ball rolling with this overview of some of the opportunities, and what it takes to get in the door.

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Becoming an Airshow Pilot

Published on July 10, 2015 by in Misc.

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Our new addition to the Oddball Pilot team, Marty Blaker, is headed to Oshkosh next week for AirVenture 2015, and that got him thinking about airshows and the pilots who perform at them. Here are the results of some research he did about becoming an airshow pilot. Think it’s impossible? We actually know someone who got there.

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Aviation in China

Published on April 18, 2014 by in Misc.

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China Map

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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Bethel Sunset

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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Remembering Islander Pilot Dan Wilson

Published on November 13, 2013 by in Misc.

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One of the perks of seeking out oddball pilots to interview is that we get to meet some really great people. Unfortunately, we lose some of them. Aidan reflects on the short time he spent with McCall Aviation pilot Dan Wilson.

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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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