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Ask Clearwater Air Chief Pilot Stan Churches what he thinks of the Commander 690 and he’ll tell you it’s “a pilot’s airplane” that’s uniquely qualified for certain missions. See why in this 37-minute video walkthrough, shot as Stan prepared to depart Nome for a seal survey over the Bering Sea.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Manoj Kari of Goma Air

What does it take to start an airline? Aidan found out in 2011 while helping train the pilots of Goma Air, a new small air taxi operator in Western Nepal. Before he returned to the U.S., he interviewed Goma Air’s Managing Director, Manoj Karki. This is our first exploration into the business side of oddball flying.

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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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Stan Churches

Stan Churches has arguably done it all in his flying career. He flew checks across the mountains of the southwest, hauled corporate executives around the world in jets, and helped save lives as an air ambulance pilot. These days he’s the Chief Pilot of Clearwater Air in Alaska, doing precision survey flying in a Commander 690 full of scientists. It’s interesting work, and you’ll hear all about it in this interview.

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