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It’s definitely corny by today’s standards, but Tales of the Gold Monkey is still a fun, inspiring TV show that’s a bit addictive–especially if you’re an oddball pilot.

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DC-6

When an unexpected medical issue grounded bush pilot Ross Nixon, he played it safe and left flying for another career. That didn’t last long though, as you’ll read in this eloquent essay about what happens when you stray from your passions … and what happens when you find your way back.

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Jeremy Ellison worked as a carpenter and a mountain guide for many years, until he decided to become a commercial helicopter pilot in his mid-thirties. He’s now flying scenic tours out of Las Vegas in a turbine AS350 AStar. Here’s how he did it.

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High pile of hardcover books

If you’re headed for a flying career, you need some education. Don’t spend your hard-earned money before you listen to this great conversation Aidan had with Karl Baldessari, the Director of the Aviation Program at Central Oregon Community College in Bend. He lays out all your options, along with the pros and cons of each path.

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Garmin G1000

In our fourth live Q&A call for Oddball Pilot members we talked about glass cockpits. It’s not a new topic, but we approached it from an oddball pilot perspective. If you’re headed for an oddball flying career, is it best to learn to fly on steam gauges or glass? Listen to the recording of the call to hear some different perspectives on this, and lots more.

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When you’re headed halfway around the world in a single-engine aircraft, you need to pack carefully. In this second lesson in our course on ferry flying, Aidan shows you some of the clothing, gear, and paperwork he takes along.

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DC-3T Lidia

Some people focus on their problems. Others try to solve them–as you’ll see in this short documentary about the team that repaired a crashed turbine DC3 … in Antarctica … and flew her home. Inspiring stuff!

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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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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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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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