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.


Sometimes keeping track of submissions to our "Picture of the Week" contest is like being the store manager at Macy’s on the day after Thanksgiving – you’re glad business is good, but you hold on desperately to the hope you don’t show up trampled on the 11:00 news. Last week we passed along Eric Cobb’s request for an ID of a particular helicopter he snapped doing first response exercises in California, and we were flooded with responses. Within two days, we had over 150 responses, most of them identifying the dragonfly-looking aircraft as a Kaman K-Max. Normally we’d give credit to the first few spotters, but since over 200 of you nailed it, we’ll limit our shout-out to AVweb reader Nelson Tirado of Spain, who made the call and sent us that link before we’d even filed away last week’s winners.

Speaking of winners, what do you say we take a peek at this week’s entries? (Limit one per customer, no stampeding, please.)

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Used with permission of David Sargant

The Calm After the Storm

David Sargant of Brampton, Ontario (Canada) managed to top some really amazing photos this week with a shot that combines weather, the setting sun, and a great sense of composition.

"With the last of the thunderstorms still overhead," David writes, "the sun breaks through for a few minutes just before setting, promising better weather for tomorrow."

(Shot at Pearson Airport in Toronto.)

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copyright Contributor #2
Used with permission

Fancy Camping Lights

Jakob Adolf of Herten, Nordrhein-Westfalen (Germany) was on the way to the eastern coast of Madagascar when "our new pilot Patrick" clicked this photo of the camp site – "the last lights before Australia," as Jakob quipped.

Why were they heading to Madagascar? Jakob tells us, "We brought a team to look at a village that first burned down (lost 250 house) and then got hit by a tropical cyclone."

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copyright Jeff Hersom
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Practice at Goose Bay

Jeff Hersom of Anchorage, Alaska serves up another helicopter doing practice maneuvers – this time against the majestic backdrop of Mt. Susitna.

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copyright Steve Runnalls
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QE2 Thumbs-Up

Steve Runnalls of Narellan Vale, New South Wales (Australia) has been sitting on this awesome pic for two years: "Me and pilot Paddy Niall over the QE2 entering Sydney Harbor back in February ’07. We flew out to meet her as he was coming into the harbor to join the QM2 on her maiden voyage to Sydney."

(That’s fun and all, but so is the idea of living someplace called "Narellan Vale." We’re off to research your home town, Steve – maybe there’s an excuse for an AVweb satellite office in NSW at last.)

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Used with permission of John T. Klein

"Fiddling Around America" Flashback

Hey, it’s the Herpa DC-3!

John T. Klein of Austin, Arkansas snapped us coming or going – who can remember? – at Gaston’s White River Resort during the "Fiddling Around America" tour.

Big thanks to all the great people we met during the tour. (You will all see this note because, of course, you rushed home and subscribed to our free newsletters right away – and, even as you read this, you’re all e-mailing all your buddies to tell them how much fun it is to read AVweb. Right?)

Want more? O.K., we give! Look for the slideshow on AVweb‘s home page, which we’re currently loading up with a fresh batch of new reader-submitted photos.

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.