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Steve Ratchford of Norcross, Georgia kicks off this week’s installment of "Picture of the Week."  With all the excitement of recent winners, Steve took a different approach to his submission, and won the top spot with a quiet, subdued photo – of his airplane’s tire?  (There’s more to the photo than that, of course.)

We’ll be sending Steve and Alex a matching pair of AVweb baseball caps.  Just don’t get any grease on ’em, O.K., boys?

For a shot at one of these hats – and the international fame that comes with being a "POTW" finalist – be sure to send us your own photos.


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Used with permission of Steve Ratchford

"Mechanic in Training"

More youngsters putting in time of the family plane: Steve Ratchford of Norcross, Georgia enlisted the help of his four-year-old son Alex to change the tires on theirColumbia 400 – and took home this week’s top spot.

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 Daniel Valovich

"Cargo Drop"

Daniel Valovich of Hot Spring, Arkansas had a couple of photos in this week’s top ten contender pile – but it was this blue-sky cargo drop that kept fighting its way to the top of our pile.  Daniel seems to spend a good bit of time atLittle Rock Air Force Base, where this photo was taken.


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copyright Erwin Stam
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"Dutch Treat"

Erwin Stam of Medemblik, North Holland (Netherlands) returns to the contenders pile this week.  Jets, missiles, and action-packed flying machines are quickly becoming Erwin’strademark – not that we’re complaining.


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Used with permission of
Scott & Kim Huntington

"Floatplane from Underneath"

Scott andKim Huntington of Santa Maria, California drew our eyes to the sky with this underbelly shot of Kim’s floatplane check ride.  (The seabird belongs to Terry Campbell of NorCal Aviation.)


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copyright Jean Aker
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"KC-97 Wreck at Volk Field, WI – 1978"

We don’t like to dwell on crash site photos, but sometimes they’re a keen reminder of the high cost of flying. Jean Aker of Gaithersburg, Maryland sent us this shot, taken with a Canon FTb/ql 35mm camera with 50mm lens.


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Used with permission of Jared Yates

"Long Day"

Speaking of cameras (and camera tricks), Jared Yates of Wilmington, North Carolina achieved this effect by changing the zoom while the shutter was open.  But, as Jared points out, the effect is nearly identical to what you see and feel after a long day of staring at screens and gauges.

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 thePOTW Rules orsend us an e-mail.