Keep Your Options Open

Published on August 15, 2013 by in Misc.

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Non-conformity

Does getting an unconventional flying job require having an unconventional past? Not necessarily. In fact, computer science professor Cal Newport says many non-conformist career opportunities are only available to those who leverage conformity first.

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The Superior National Forest Seaplane Base is the only U.S. Forest Service seaplane base in the U.S., and as you’d expect, the pilots who work there love what they do. Back in 2010 Dave Quam and Jim McManus from the Seaplane Pilots Association visited the base in Ely, Minnesota, interviewed a few pilots, and captured it all on video.

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Loganair pilot Stuart Linklater retired this past week. That’s not so interesting. But consider this … over the course of his career he flew the 1.7 mile flight between Westray and Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands of Scotland more than 12,000 times.

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“Eight Minutes”

Published on May 17, 2013 by in Misc.

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HF Antenna

Pilots, oddball pilots especially, tend to pride themselves on being self-reliant. Sometimes though, you owe everything to the kindness and professionalism of strangers. 13 years ago today, a real-life aviation radio drama unfolded over the Atlantic. Put on some headphones and listen in …

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