Slick Backcountry Landing

Slick Backcountry Landing

Here’s a tricky approach not meant for the faint of heart. Destination is Simonds airstrip in the Idaho backcountry. The strip is 900′ long x 37′ wide with a 4% to 9% grade, trees all around, and it’s at 5243′ msl. Check out this 1976 Cessna 185 with Sportsman STOL nailing it perfectly. Pilot: Leigh Smith...

Lori MacNichol-Gregory     (Idaho)

Lori MacNichol-Gregory (Idaho)

Lori MacNichol-Gregory is based at KMYL, McCall Municipal Airport, McCall, Idaho. I soloed in a 1946 Champ in 1981 and obtained my private pilots license in 1982 in McCall, Idaho. I soon became a commercial pilot flying as an air taxi pilot in the Frank Church Wilderness in 1989. I now specialize in teaching mountain/canyon flying in tailwheel A/C and every kind of make and model A/C. I founded Mountain/Canyon Flying Seminars in 1997. Flying and teaching in tailwheel aircraft is my favorite type of flying. I like addressing off pavement landing areas that include side hills, doglegs, dips, and steep gradient landings within confined areas to minimize risk while flying in this unique environment of the mountains and canyons. The courses I put together integrate fight training and ground school delivering the special type of airmanship skills and knowledge needed to operate safely in the unique environment of the mountains, canyons and jungles of the backcountry across the world. I fly every type of aircraft from twin turbines to piston from general aviation to military aircraft, conventional gear or tri-cycle. Lori MacNichol-Gregory President/Owner McCall Mountain Canyon Flying Seminars LLC

High Sierra Backcountry Flying

High Sierra Backcountry Flying

This is one of those “WOW” videos you’re gonna love. It’s “10 minutes of fun flying in the northern Nevada desert, following bush pilot Kevin Quinn and a small group into several makeshift airstrips that push the limits of aircraft performance and pilot judgement.” Doesn’t matter if your flying style is off a 10,000′ int’l airport or a 1000′ grass strip, all pilots should appreciate the spectacular video footage, the incredible beauty and the freedom it captures. Enjoy it, admire it, then get out there and do whatever kinda flying makes you happy! High Sierra: A Short Film from Backcountry Pilot on Vimeo....

Summer Fun from Amal Ajmi

Summer Fun from Amal Ajmi

OMG, I love getting flying updates from Amal Ajmi! Amal is based at Fairbanks, Alaska and is totally enjoying this summer’s warm weather Alaskan flying! My friend Ann and I spent the weekend flying and thought I would send a note and pictures. There are certain communities in Alaska that have annual events just too good to pass up; Lake Minchumina (MHM) has the annual Rock Skipping Contest. This year was the 37th! Pilots come from all over some years to participate, and yes you better believe it is a serious challenge. Some folks practice all year, gather their perfect rocks, and hone the exact angle of attack!!! My friend Ann and I have been flying together a bit over the years, me in my bird, she in her C-170B. It is always fun flying with Ann, and she is a great sport at powering down or circling so I am not left behind when we travel together. Ann has owned her pretty 170 for about 22 years and has been pert near everywhere with it in AK as well as in the lower 48. She is an accomplished pilot, but more so, she is very wise and smart about flying. I hope that some of that will rub off on me…. Anyway, we decided to fly to MHM for the annual event. One of the most stunning views during the summer are the fields of fireweed scattered across the landscape. Stunning pink ponds surrounded by lush green vegetation, stark in contrast, breathtaking…..As you fly across the lower Tanana valley, low over the multitude of lakes (with the occasional swan pair and young, or the moose cow/calf pair) you feel deep in your guts the absolute “This is WHY I live here!” Lake Minchumina is about 123nm southwest of Fairbanks. If you leave early in the morning before the thermals start, you get a dreamy smooth ride all the way down. For the most part the landscape is flat, but when you get to the hills surrounding the lake, your breath is taken away by the vast water body… pretty. In the spring, open portions of the lake will hold dozens upon dozens of waterfowl, waiting for the rest of the world to warm up……We landed and hiked around up to the lodge and back to stretch our legs before the event. Irises were still in full bloom and the wild raspberries provided a sweet snack along the way. This years’ event was won by two locals and a young man from Fairbanks. I never make an effort at serious competition as the winners ALWAYS get thrown in the lake for good measure. This year it was so hot (high 80’s) I am sure it was pleasant. One competitor was thrown out of contention by a pike who decided the rock was a tidbit of food. Rules are rules, and you are only allowed 3 throws….maybe next year. As always, the food was amazing with pulled pork, chicken noodle salad and the “Oh my God” pie. We flew home late in the late afternoon, stuffed, happy, hot and tired….but what a DAY!!!! Blue skies everyone, Amal...

Sue Schaffer     (Idaho)

Sue Schaffer (Idaho)

Sue Schaffer is based at KMYL, McCall Municipal Airport, McCall, Idaho and sent this update. Congratulations, Sue, on passing your private pilot written exam AND your new Scout, all decked out and ready for the backcountry! “Just wanted to send an update. In my last post I was procrastinating in my studies for the FAA written after my solo in a Supercub in Arizona. I passed my written, and have now returned to Idaho for the summer/fall. My husband and I did get our American Champion Scout, which now has a hanger home in McCall. I am continuing my flight training and hope to someday fly to all these great places near our home in New Meadows, by myself. The picture is of our plane at Johnson Creek, one of the best and prettiest backcountry strips – 28 minutes from McCall.  Can we just say WOW – to this great country we live in and the freedom we have! “ All the best, Sue ————- Following posted April 20, 2013 —————– Been married to a pilot for 33 years, and recently he got interested in back country flying.  Knowing that I couldn’t even sit on the back of a motorcycle, I knew I would have to do something about this flying thing, and I wondered if I could really learn to fly. We winter in Arizona and the initial thought was to take some back seat time in a cub and get used to it. After a half hour flight, I knew I was signing up for the whole deal. Since we are interested in taildraggers, I decided to go that route for my private certificate. Happy to say that I solo’d one day before my 52nd birthday in a Supercub on Friday, April 12th. Loved seeing all the smiles on the women on this website and thought I’d join…but really, I think I was just taking a break from studying for the written!...

Charley Tegerdine     (Alaska)

Charley Tegerdine (Alaska)

Charley Tegerdine is based at PASX, Soldotna Airport, Soldotna, Alaska. My name is Charley Tegerdine. I was born and raised here in Alaska. I have flown all my life. My dad and uncles all fly. It’s a way of life up here in Alaska. I fly a PA-18. I can’t explain the way I feel when I’m up in the sky. It’s the biggest rush! I just love it! I love flying out to the middle of no where and having an entire lake to yourself to fish, landing on sandbars in the middle of the river, and flying out to remote cabins and camping. Being the lucky one that gets to do things most only dream about. *...

Back Country Pilots 2011 Fly-in Video

Strap yourself down and hold onto your hat to watch this video by Emmet Welch. You can’t miss Emmet, he’s having all the fun flying the blue & white Rans. BCP 2011 Fly-In from Emflys on Vimeo....

Kalin Kellie     (Alaska)

Kalin Kellie (Alaska)

Kalin Kellie is based at AK28, Chena Marina Airport, Fairbanks, Alaska. I fly a 1946 7AC Aeronca Champ that was converted to a 7CCM. It has a Lycoming O-235 engine (115 hrse). It was my first airplane and my 3rd! I’m just starting to use the big tires the way God intended and am constantly going broke to pay for avgas. I live in Fairbanks Alaska, work as a wildlife biologist and knit whenever it’s IFR. I’m hoping to reach my first 1,000 hrs by the end of the winter. My Champ is parked at Chena Marina (AK28) near Amal’s PA-11. I had a Taylorcraft before this one and although I liked how the T-cart flew, the Champ is WAY more comfortable and has these GREAT BIG WINDOWS. Amal and I just got back from a tour of South central Alaska strips. Looking forward to visiting the site often. Great group of gals! Kalin...

Marie Beaver     (Texas)

Marie Beaver (Texas)

Marie Beaver is based at KDWH, David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport, Houston, Texas. I learned to fly in a 1939 Piper J-3 Cub in 1992.  Completed my license in a Citabria.  Have owned a Pitts S-2B, 2 Globe Swifts, Bonanza (obviously, no tailwheel), Wilga, Scout, and currently a Maule on bush wheels.  I fly taildraggers because I love the challenge and they look really cool. I’m married and fly for ExpressJet Airlines in the EMB-145. We live in our hangar/home at Hooks airport.  We love backcountry flying in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Utah. Here’s my photo book from our trip to the backcountry.  Enjoy!  Marie\’s Photo Book...

Amal Ajmi     (Alaska)

Amal Ajmi (Alaska)

Amal is based at AK28, Chena Marina Airport, Fairbanks, Alaska. Am an avid hunter and fly fisher. I love anything outdoors, especially if I can fly there. I have flown mostly tail “dragger” aircraft, my latest and most favorite being a PA-11. My whole summer revolves around where I can go exploring and fishing. Am working on my instrument and commercials at the moment, so am flying even more!!! –   Blue skies!!! Amal  ...

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