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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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World Map

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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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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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 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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Travis Tinsey

Travis Tinsey is an aircraft salesman for Africair, selling single-engine piston aircraft to customers in East Africa. Hear about the path that took him from flying bush planes and corporate jets to a sales position, and what aircraft sales really involves. If you’re looking for advice about finding adventure in an aviation career, you’ll love this interview.

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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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Wreck

Times have changed in the skies above bush Alaska. As the culture changes, do experienced pilots need to conform? It’s a controversial question worth pondering.

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