Picture of the Week

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One of our favorite mathematical principles is starting to kick in this week:  As time approaches summer in the U.S., the number of submissions to our "Picture of the Week" contest increases dramatically.  The number tipped back over 100 this week with the most variety we've seen in "POTW" entries all year long.  In fact, there were surprisingly few sunset photos or air show photos (our two most popular types of entries) this week.  And that explains why we couldn't resist naming Frank Santoro of Missouri this week's top winner. Frank's clever captioning would've made him a contender on any week, but in this batch of light-hearted and widely-varied photos, his "portable autopilot" seemed to sum up the fun-filled spring fever that's making the rounds on many airstrips and here in our own offices.  Congratulations, Frank we'll be sending you an official AVweb baseball cap in the next couple of days.  (Your autopilot will have to get his own.)

Join in the fun!  We accept reader submissions for "Picture of the Week" 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Each week, we'll pick a few of our favorites and run them right here, sending the top photographer an official AVweb baseball hat for his contribution.  Click here to submit your photos.  Remember:  Even if you don't see your name here, we do enjoy looking at your photos.  (Hey, it beats work.)


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Used with permission of Frank Santoro

"Portable Autopilot"

Frank Santoro of Columbia, Missouri is in the process of upgrading his systems glass cockpit, the whole works.  Take, for example, this portable autopilot he picked up for a song.

Frank cautions, "This is the economy version:  Two-axis (no rudder control) and VFR-only (the head is fixed to look outside)."

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 William Rexer

"F-4U Corsair on Display"

William Rexer of Perrysburg, Ohio contributes several great photos of the Smithsonian Museum this week.  This one was our favorite, but all of them reminded us that this a trip we haven't made recently.  Maybe it's time to pay another visit to the National Air & Space Museum ... .


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copyright Peter Schultz
Used with permission

"Difficult Formation"

In a week with very few air show photos, we were beginning to wonder what would get our hearts racing and blood pumping during the selection process.  (Sadly, that's about all the cardio exercise we get these days.)  Fortunately, Peter Schultz of the U.S. Armed Forces stepped up to the plate and delivered this photo of Steve Appleton is his Hawker Hunter in the Edge 540.

Whew.  Time for some Gatorade ...


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Used with permission of Pete Dobbins

"Helitanker Pit Stop"

We've seen the name Pete Dobbins in our submissions list a couple of times now and with photos like this shot of a helitanker readying itself for fire-fighting duty, we're glad he keeps cropping up.

(Pete's home town, by the way, is McKinney, Texas.)


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Used with permission of Pat Donaghy

"The Modern Boy Album of Up-to-Date Aeroplanes"

We almost didn't run these scans from Karen Gurney of St. Andrews, Victoria (Australia).  Thankfully, common sense (and the fact that we couldn't stop staring at them and showing them around) won out in the end.  The images are from her late father's album and include some gorgeous airplane art.

We don't want to run the entire album, but Karen if you do have more scans and a few minutes to kill sometime, we'd love to see more!


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copyright Kevin Hester
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"The Golden Gate from an RV-7"

Kevin Hester of Belmont, California writes:  "[It was] a beautiful day in San Francisco, so we had to leave work and take a picture."

It's good to be Kevin Hester of Belmont, California, apparently.


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Used with permission
of Michael H. Burnett

"Turning Final for the Grass at 3SQ"

Like Robert D. Filter of Chesterfield, Missouri, this week's edition of "POTW" is coming in for a landing.

Only it's sunnier where Robert is.

And he's in a Stearman.

And we've still got to finish up tomorrow's news items.


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.