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.


Lots of great photos this week and while we'd love to talk about the recurring themes (lots of helicopters, in particular), we're a little behind the eightball following the NBAA Convention, so let's just dive right in!

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copyright Kevin Stahl
Used with permission

Balloons Over Colorado Springs

No helicopters here, but Kevin Stahl of Ft. Wayne, Indiana serves up a balloon photo that's climbed all the way to the top of this week's pile almost on sheer volume alone. (No kidding, folks that's a lot of hot air balloons!)

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Used with permission of John Mazurek

Julie Clark in the Sun (Lincoln, CA)

"October sunlight can be rewarding," writes John Mazurek of Roseville, California. Personally, we've tried to set the clocks back for two weekends in a row, so it's great hear the extra weeks of Daylight Saving Time are benefitting someone out there.

Problem solved! We've just printed out John's photo and stuck it to the official "POTW" World Headquarters Clock with a note that November 2 is the correct day to "fall back" in our part of the world.)

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copyright Markus Gisel
Used with permission

Reflections on Flight

What can we say here but wow? Markus Gisel of Kindhausen (Canton of Zurich), Switzerland snapped this shot "when soaring in a Caproni Calif A-21S in the Dolomite Alps" in Italy.

Simply gorgeous. And now two hundred AVweb readers want to be Markus when they grow up ... .

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copyright Ray Watts
Used with permission


Ray Watts of Midrand, Gauteng (South Africa) writes, "This is what happens behind closed hangar doors they multiply." If only we could achieve this effect in our hangar ... .

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Used with permission of Timothy O'Connor

Ya'll Think He'll Get to Keep It After the Divorce?

Timothy O'Connor of Batavia, Ohio has a knack for suggesting photo captions, and we got such a kick out his question that we ran a composite of two photos he submitted of Randy Workman's Marchetti Autogyro, Honey-Do Hell. You can find the unaltered original here.

You'll find more reader-submitted photos in the slideshow on AVweb's home page. Don't miss 'em!

Click here to submit your own photos to "POTW."

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.