Picture of the Week: AVweb's Flying Photography Showcase

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Each week, we go through dozens (and sometimes hundreds) of reader-submitted photos and pick the very best to share with you on Thursday mornings.  The top photos are featured on AVweb's home page, and one photo that stands above the others is awarded an AVweb baseball cap as our "Picture of the Week."  Want to see your photo on AVweb.com?  Click here to submit it to our weekly contest.


This week's top reader-submitted photos will be going live just as our U.S. readers are busy skipping breakfast so they can eat an extra-large helping of turkey and dressing and grandmother's house.  Yes, it's Thanksgiving here in the States, and in that spirit we have to say thanks to every single reader who's taken time to submit a photo over the past year (and earlier).  Many of you have been featured here (or in the slideshow on our home page), but many more haven't.  Rest assured that even if you haven't won a hat or been lavished praise here in "POTW," your photos have brought us many hours of joy, and we look forward to seeing more of them in the coming year.  (Here's where you send 'em in.)

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Used with permission of Tom Callahan

"Fat Albert" Is the Max

Tom Callahan of Pensacola, Florida knows his color wheel — and knows when to feature at a too-often-underappreciated subject, too.  "We love the Blue Angels," writes Tom, "but Fat Albert holds a special place in our hearts.  Like the character in the Bill Cosby cartoons, Fat Albert always save the day by doing the heavy lifting."

You said it, Tom.  And we'll say thanks by sending you one of those coveted AVweb hats you read about here from time to time.


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Used with permission of Felix Gadow

Saving Landing Fees

From the "No ... Really?" file, Felix Gadow of Eichenau, Bavaria (Germany) told us this tale:

In Germany, there are always landing fees to be paid. Why not land on top of your truck ... [while it's being] driven down the 9,000-feet long runway?  This could save you money — at least as long as they don’t charge a fortune for the truck to use the runway as an "Autobahn." ...  It took us 23 attempts to find out how to deal with the turbulence created by the truck. Now, it works pretty well. Although, we’ll never try again to do this little stunt with a 15 knots crosswind.

Yikes!  Just in case any of you were thinking of taking this "advice" seriously — DON'T.  This is one of those "trained professionals; do not attempt" deals, O.K.?


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copyright © Christopher Bazeley
Used with permission

Thirsty Bird

We were going to say something very kind about this photo from Chris Bazeley of Blockley, Gloucestershire (U.K.) — but then we started talking about fuel prices and tank sizes, and — well, it's not your fault, Chris.  (We still like the photo!)

Warning!  "Doctored" Photos Ahead!

The internet has changed quite a bit since we first started sharing reader-submitted photos here on AVweb — and long-time readers know that we've loosened up a bit when it comes to allowing digitally-manipulated images into our contest.  Still, we do like to distinguish between images submitted "as they were shot" and those that feature obvious manipulations — and we encourage our readers to tell us as much about their photos as they can when they're submitted.

That said, we've got a handful of digitally-altered photos we've been dying to share for a while, and the Thanksgiving holiday seems like a great time to show you a couple.


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Used with permission of Terese Barta

New Gleim Test Preps Released

Terese Barta of Stevens Point, Wisconsin tentatively wondered, "Do I need Gleim's permission?" — but we think the flattery and parody will be appreciated over there.  After all, if there really were a Private Pirate's license, would you risk the FAA Knowledge Test without a Gleim book?!



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Used with permission of Paul Sisul

Mystery Formation

Paul Sisul of Chicago, Illinois flies us out with a composite built from two photos he snapped at the Chicago Air & Water Show in 1995.  The funny thing here is that all Paul did was superimpose the geese — maybe they were imitating the Fabulous Thunderbirds?

Or wait — maybe we're imitating them, what with all this "flying" we've starting doing ... !


More new photos are waiting for you on AVweb's home page, in our "POTW" slideshow.  Don't miss 'em!

Look all you want, but don't forget to send us your photos, too!  (Where do you think we get all these cool pictures?)


A quick note for submitters:  If you've got several photos that you feel are "POTW" material, your best bet is to submit them one-a-week!  That gives your photos a greater chance of seeing print on AVweb, and it makes the selection process a little easier on us, too.  ;)

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 or send us an e-mail.