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.


With NBAA’s annual convention coming up next week, things are beginning to get a little more hectic around AVweb world headquarters. Thankfully, we have a great batch of photos in this week’s submission box, so let’s kick up our heels and take a break to see what AVweb readers have sent in over the past seven days.

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copyright Daniel Valovich
Used with permission

Balloon Glow

Daniel Valovich of Hot Springs, Arkansas kicks things off with a photo we can only describe as luminescent.

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copyright M.G. Rainey
Used with permission

Rough River 2008

Running a frighteningly close second is this stark image from Glenn Rainey of Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire (Scotland), who sent us a sackful of great photos from the Central States Association’s Annual Canard Fly-In in Rough River, Kentucky. (Watch for one or two more in this week’s "POTW" slideshow on the AVweb.com home page.)

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Used with permission of Thomas Auerbach

Stearman on Main Street – Lunch Is Over at the Beaumont Hotel

"Fly in to the Beaumont Hotel (Beaumont, Kansas) for lunch and taxi down Main Street to parking across the street," advises Thomas Auerbach of Ponca City, Oklahoma. Thomas took this shot from inside the hotel cafe, which he recommends as "an excellent place for a $100 hamburger."

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copyright British Disabled
Flying Association (BDFA)

Used with permission of Mike Miller-Smith

Rising Fuel Costs Stimulate Alternative Propulsion Methods

Mike Miller-Smith of Basingstoke, Hampshire (U.K.) almost had us doing the math to see if this method might work for the average GA pilot – but, alas, it was merely the British Disabled Flying Association setting a world record by towing a Boeing 757 for 100 meters (!) at Lasham Airfield. "The event was a great success," according to Mike, who urges those interested in the BDFA to click through on thta link and learn more.

For an hour or so this afternoon, we were puzzled as to why we’d received so many photos of pilots in wheelchairs – but then our faltering memory reminded us that it was only last week we ran Mujahid Abdulrahim’s wheelchair tie-down photo. (Incidentally, we received some great mail about the photo and learned a little about the hassles of being a chair-bound pilot from readers like Chris Bazeley, whose letter appeared in this week’s AVmail.)

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copyright Gerald Benson
Used with permission

Heads Up!

Gerald Benson of Alva, Oklahoma flies us home with a photo of this 502JA test flight at Alva Regional Airport (AVK).

Want more? Look no further than the slideshow on AVweb‘s home page.

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.