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We've always heard it's best to do your preflight checks before the rotors are spinning. Then again, we're not lucky enough to have a flight suit that matches our aircraft's paint job, so who are we to question this brave soul?

This week's winning photo is from Gary Grass of Port Alberni, British Columbia. Like all our first-place winners, Gary will be receiving an official AVweb baseball cap in the mail, as a "thank you" for submitting. To win one of these hats for yourself, all you have to do is submit your aviation photos. Each week, we'll choose one first-place winner and show you the best runners-up, right here on AVweb.

*** THIS WEEK'S WINNERS ***

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copyright Gary Grass
Used with permission

"One Final Look"

Gary Grass of Port Alberni, British Columbia (Canada) reminds us that it's never too late for one last pre-flight check. We're not sure what the back story on this photo is, but it made us curious enough to name Gary this week's "POTW" winner.

AVweb continues to receive a large number of excellent images for our POTW contest. Here are some of the runners-up. Due to privacy issues, AVweb does not publish e-mail addresses of readers who submit photos.

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Used with permission of Mark DeFrancisco

"Ghost of an Era Never to Be Forgotten"

Mark DeFrancisco of Glendale, Arizona sent in several photos of the Collings Foundation's restored B-17 Flying Fortress, the Nine-O-Nine but our favorite photo was this one of the bombardier's seat.

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copyright Dan Valentine
Used with permission

"Heavy Metal"

More close approaches! We always get a kick out of these photos, and regular "POTW" contributor Dan Valentine of London, England (U.K.) delivers up a fun one.

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copyright John Hayes
Used with permission

"New Feathers for the TBM 850"

Ah, airplane premiere events! John Hayes of Tucson, Arizona captures the surreal atmosphere and general circus-excitement with this photo of Socata's TBM 850 premiere party. John writes, "The grand unveiling revealed the plane draped in mist and surrounded by beautiful, feather-clad showgirls. It was spectacular, and everyone wanted to order one."

John adds, "There were probably even a few new TBM 850s ordered!"

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Used with permission of Ralph Finch

"Short Final for Shelter Cove"

Two approach photos in one week? When you've seen this one from Ralph Finch of Davis, California at its full-size, you'll realize we couldn't pass it up. This one makes a great desktop wallpaper!

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copyright Jean Aker
Used with permission

"DCA in 1979"

Jean Aker of Gaithersburg, Maryland takes us back in time. For those who don't recognize the gate, this is Washington National Airport in 1979, as seen from a UH-1D en route to Andrews Air Force Base.

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Used with permission of Mike Radford

"Coming to Get Shane Before the Freeze-Up"

According to Mike Radford of Anchorage, Alaska, Yoder Lake is accessible only by floatplane (when it's warm) or snowmobile (during the freeze). Shane here was apparently ready to leave and no wonder, considering that the trip is only 45 minutes by plane, but can take over 5 hours by snow!

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Used with permission
of Michael H. Burnett

"Night Panel"

Michael H. Burnett of Richmond, Virginia takes us home this week, with a quick photo of his Cessna 172 instrument panel during a night flight. Stay safe out there, Michael and thanks for sharing.


To enter next week's contest, click here.

A Reminder About Copyrights: Please take a moment to consider the source of your image before submitting to our "Picture of the Week" contest. If you did not take the photo yourself, ask yourself if you are indeed authorized to release publication rights to AVweb. If you're uncertain, consult the POTW Rules or send us an e-mail.