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.


The top themes in this week’s batch of "POTW" submissions:

  • Rotored aircraft. (No surprise there – and we do love ’em.)
  • Halloween and holiday-themed pics. (Again, it’s that time of the year.)
  • Vapor trails! (We weren’t expecting that one, but we’ll go with it.)

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Used with permission of Doug Gaudette

Gyroplane First Solo

Congrats to semi-regular contibutor Doug Gaudette of Xenia, Ohio. Not only will Doug soon be wearing a brand-new AVweb cap for his contribution to "POTW," but he‘s actually the one doing his gyroplane solo! We can almost hear the deep breath when he writes in his comment, "Now for the tough stuff … ."

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copyright Mujahid Abdulrahim
Used with permission

Urban Airport Operations

Mujahid Abdulrahim of Canoga Park, California is another returning contributor, offering some perspective on this particular trip down the runway:

A Cessna Skymaster rolls on Runway 12 at Whiteman Airport in Southern California. The sprawl and development of the area populate houses and commercial buildings close to the airport. At Whiteman, for instance, takeoffs on Runway 12 are in the direction of four tall smoke stacks several hundred feet high. Approaches to landings are made over a set of powerlines that are at the airport threshold. Meanwhile, left-hand patterns are made around houses built on a hill overlooking the airport. Such is the nature of urban flying, where, as in the photo, the backdrop is always a collection of buildings, signs, and powerlines.

Y’know, we really do take some of these airports for granted … .

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copyright Daniel Valovich
Used with permission


Daniel Valovich of Hot Springs, Arkansas tells us the T-28 Ditto was "one of my favorites" at a recent air show. Hmmm – don’t think we’ve seen Ditto before, it does spark some pleasant memories of this summer’s air shows. (C’mon, winter – let’s hurry it up and get back into air show season!)

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copyright Outwardbound Photography
Used with permission of Donald Neuberg

A Special Pilot with Great "Skull"

We’d normally be a little concerned to see this guy peeking out from beneath a Red Cross decal, but since Halloween is coming up in a day or two, we’re content to let Donald Neuberg of LaGrange, Georgia kick off the holiday.

(This one comes from the Great Georgia Air Show.)

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copyright Thomas Auerbach
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Toilet Papered Cub

Speaking of Halloween, the tricking seems to have come early for Thomas Auerbach of Ponca City, Oklahoma – so we’ll take it upon ourselves to deliver the treat, by refer you to James Lawrence‘s "Ghost Rider" photo. (Which, incidentally, looks a bit like it may have been toilet-papered, too.)

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.