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.


With wint'ry weather, twinkly lights, and holiday cheer all around us, nothing made us happier than finding an electronic submission box stuffed to overflowing with holiday-themed photos this week. Since this is our last chance to share the seasonal cheer, here are some of our favorites from AVweb readers.

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copyright Charles P. Owen
Used with permission

Merry Christmas

Charlie Owen's photo "taken on Lake Hood in Anchorage, Alaska at night in freezing fog with 1/4-mile visibility" would make the perfect pilot's postcard.

There's nothing we could say that would sum it up better, so from Charlie via AVweb season's greetings to you all!

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Used with permission of Thomas L. Rudolf

Santa'a Arrival

Thomas L. Rudolf of Middletown, Ohio explains that this particular light display can be found in a city park by Middletown's Hook Field (MWO). "Appropriately," writes Thomas, "Santa has arrived by helicopter."

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copyright Piotr Kulczakowicz
Used with permission

Santa at t TGI

Yep, the big man in the red suit showed up a few times in this week's batch of photos. He looks a little overdressed at Virginia's Tangier Island Airport (TGI), but in the spirit of the season, he still made time to pose for Piotr Kulczakowicz of Chevy Chase, Maryland.

(For the record, Santa seems to own quite a few Cessnas and helicopters, but he didn't show up in any ultralights this year.)

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Used with permission of Trevor Kudrna

Arctic Landing

Trevor Kudrna of Anchorage, Alaska serves up a winter wonderland (and an off-the-beaten-path location for a landing). No Santas, twinkling lights, or religious symbols here but tell us you wouldn't love string a few blue-and-white lights on those snow-capped trees, eh?

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Used with permission of Lidia Nonn

Smooth Landing ... Still Sleeping

Lidia Nonn's niece Molly has the right idea here. With Santa on the way do we hear rotors on the rooftop? it's time for all good little AVwebbers to tuck themselves into bed.

(Before you don your kerchiefs and nightcaps, though, be sure to check out the slideshow on our home page for more reader-submitted photos.)

Send us your photos here!

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:s:
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.