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.


As the holiday season gets more frantic, AVweb readers are still making time to send us their original photographs.  With just under 100 submissions this week, we have plenty of great images to choose from, so let's dive right in!

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Used with permission of Timothy O'Connor


Timothy O'Connor of Cincinnati, Ohio is a regular contributor to our "Picture of the Week" contest, and it's a nice surprise to find his name on this week's winning photo.  We've been marveling at Tim's snapshots for two or three years now (maybe longer?), and there's no AVwebber out there who's worked harder to earn a baseball cap.

FYI, Balluminaria is a balloon gathering held at Cincinnati's Mirror Lake and, according to Mr. O'Connor here, "the first time my wife has taken me to an aviation event rather than the other way around!"  (We'll be including an extra hat for Mrs. O'Connor in our package.)


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Used with permission of Robert Plourde

Enjoying the Gulf's Sunset

The caption from Robert Plourde of Ellington, Connecticut says it all, doesn't it?


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copyright © John Slemp
Used with permission

Mine's Better!

John Slemp of Atlanta, Georgia saw last week's winning photo and couldn't help noticing that it looked a little familiar.  John's shot was "taken the same day, and probably within minutes."


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Used with permission of Al Zlogar

"After Much Trial and Error, Sara Finally Learned How to Use the Garmin 430s"

Al Zlogar of Santa Barbara, California writes:

Sara is my 10-year-old Shepherd-Lab rescue co-pilot.  She holds a private pilot cert. with multi-engine and instrument ratings and loves flying my Seneca V, although programming the Garmins was a challenge.

(10 years old, eh?  It seems like the graying of aviation is happening across all species of pilot ... .)


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Used with permission of Colin Anderson

The FAA Does Have a Sense of Humor

This rather unconventional-looking chart sucked us in from the moment we pulled it out of our submission box, but it wasn't until Colin Anderson of Magnolia, Texas pointed out the joke that it clicked:

When you look at the waypoints, you will see they come from the Tweety Bird cartoon:  "ITAWT ITAWA PUDYE TTAT."  The hold fix is at IDEED  ["I deed tee a puddy tat!"], and  the IAF is at "SATAN," which was the name of the dog in the cartoon.

(We're a little slow sometimes.)

Want more reader-submitted photos? Cruise on over to our home page and check out the "Picture of the Week" slideshow in the sidebar.

And don't forget to send us your photos!  (Where do you think we get all these 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.