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Afghanistan Aerial

Have you ever wondered what it’s like flying for a military contractor in a war zone? In this transcription of an interview with an anonymous military contract pilot you’ll read about the hiring process, the living accommodations, the lifestyle, the work, and the risk. The opportunities are changing with the world’s political situation, and it’s definitely not a job for everyone. But if you know what you’re getting into, it’s interesting work that pays quite well.

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It’s an old aviation joke. But the fact is, when the light bulb is a beacon at the top of a guyed tower 2,000 feet up, there aren’t many pilots–or other people–who would be willing to do the job. Would you?

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Is it really almost Fall already? Here’s what we’ve got planned for you in September.

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If you need to haul unwieldy loads to and from short rough strips, you can’t do much better than the Skyvan. It may look like a flying shoebox … but it gets the job done! Join Ryan Air pilot Mike Gray for a tour.

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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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Plotting an Oddball Flying Career

It’s easy to find information on how to become an airline pilot. But what if your ultimate goal is a less traditional flying job? Aidan recently posed this question to his F/O and the second shift crew from Era Alaska in Nome. The result? Some good perspectives and advice, especially if you’re just starting your career in aviation.

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Bethel Hold

Bouncing around in small airplanes for a living is not always as glamorous as it sounds. And yet, as Ross Nixon discovered one day after things got really ugly in the cockpit, the pleasant memories more than make up for the ones we’d just as soon forget.

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Vic Olsen

Vic Olsen’s been flying in Western Alaska for almost 40 years. He’s a rare exception to the “Grouchy Bush Pilot Syndrome” that hits most pilots once they’ve been working in the bush for a long time. Put simply, he loves flying. Last summer Aidan finally sat down with Vic at Nome City Field to look back on his interesting career.

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From Vietnam to Magnum, P.I. the Hughes OH-6 Cayuse and its civilian variants have been reliable high performers. Take a detailed look at one of Bering Air’s new MD 500s in this video walkthrough–our first featuring a helicopter!

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In 1925, the world was becoming smaller, and oddball pilots were helping fuel the changes. Watch this silent documentary from the U.S. Post Office Department. Can you see the technological marvel of air mail for what it was at the time?

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