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Aidan finally interviews Corey Konik, the Bering Air helicopter pilot who played a role in the Mount Osborne rescue we covered back in May. While they talk briefly about the rescue, most of their conversation is about helicopters: learning to fly them, and making a living doing it. There’s lots of good advice for you if you’re considering a rotary wing career.

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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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A quick look at what’s coming up next on Oddball Pilot.

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Bethel is a place where many new pilots start their Alaskan flying careers. It’s also representative of a typical bush hub. Join us for a 51-minute driving tour of the largest community in Western Alaska. Along the way you’ll visit the airport, the town, and some residential areas. You’ll also hear about what it’s like to live and work there.

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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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In France, Aidan recently watched two of his climbing partners jump right off the mountain. It looked like so much fun he needed to know more! So that night, he sat down with Dylan to learn more about what’s happening at the intersection of climbing and aviation, as well as the job opportunities for paragliding instructors.

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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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In this first interview exclusively for Oddball Pilot members, Aidan talks to Brad Janssen, Flight Operations Manager for Digital Aerial Solutions. Brad has more than a decade of experience flying aerial surveys of all different types. It’s an interesting niche that combines flying with cutting edge technology. Intrigued? This interview will point you in the right direction.

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When a climber on Alaska’s Mount Osborn recently pressed the 911 button on his Spot Tracker satellite GPS messenger on April 20th, an emergency response was quickly launched out of Nome. Aidan recently sat down with Jim West Jr. and Larry Eggart from Nome Search and Rescue to discuss aviation’s role in the mountain rescue.

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The Era Crew

You had questions, Aidan and the crew at the Era pilot house in Nome have answers. Pull up a chair and enjoy this wide-ranging discussion covering aerobatic training, wildlife survey flying, aerial firefighting, working abroad, and lots more!

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