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.


Now that the holidays are here, AVweb staff and readers alike are enjoying quality time with their families and wrapping up loose ends from 2009. This has meant a slight drop-off in submissions to our “Picture of the Week” contest, but thankfully there are some dedicated souls out there who’ve kept the photos flowing in while the rest of us have been fretting over gifts and recipes.

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copyright Joe McBride
Used with permission of Mathew Hlavac

Ho, Ho, Ho – Here Comes Santa Claus!

Mathew Hlavac of Ramona, California kicks off this Christmas Eve edition of “POTW” with a Santa sighting captured on film by Joe McBride.

(Todd Bohlman is piloting, and that’s Mat himself playing Santa.)

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copyright Paul T. Gernhardt
Used with permission

AirVenture 2009

Paul T. Gernhardt of Ashburn, Virginia reminds us that the sunny summer skies of Oshkosh will be here again before we know it. Heck, we’re almost halfway there already! While you wait, why not check out some more of Paul’s photos? He was kind enough to include a link in the comments on his submission.

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copyright Robert Baillio
Used with permission of Carl Hennigan

Air Show Legend Marion Cole Celebrates His 85th Birthday Flying a Super Decathlon

Robert Baillio and Carl Hennigan of Benton, Louisiana soar high with this photo that’s currently serving as our desktop wallpaper here at “POTW” HQ.

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Used with permission of Lee Hockman

120+ MPH Boat

“What’s the aviation connection,” you ask?

Lee Hockman of Doraville, Georgia explains that this Russian Boat “was built to rescue downed pilots in the Arctic Circle … [and] sounds amazing when fired up!” According to Lee, that’s largely because of the unique fixed four-blade prop “that we were told develops 30% more thrust than a regular four-blade [configuration].”

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Used with permission of Ralph Lacomba

Riding a Broom Can Be a B-Er, a Witch
(G1000 182T with SVT – Much Better!)

We don’t have the heart to tell Columbia, South Carolina’s Ralph Lacomba that Halloween isn’t one of the traditional mid-winter holidays – but hey, he looks like he’s having as much fun as anyone trimming a tree, doesn’t he?

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.