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.


“Picture of the Week” submissions continue to trickle in at a modest rate during the winter lull, but the quality of photos remains thankfully high. (And we’re not above using the slowdown as an excuse to post a few great photos to our slideshow that have been lost in the flood during previous weeks.)

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copyright Stephen N. Foster
Used with permission

Short Final for Taos

We get a lot of approach photos here at “POTW” headquarters, and while many of them end up as desktop wallpaper on our computers, it’s a bit rare for one to find itself in the position of “POTW” winner. Stephen Foster of Cary, North Carolina bucks the odds, with this shot taken from the cockpit of “a Cessna 210 piloted by Bob Draper [as] we spend a late afternoon Christmas Eve sightseeing beautiful Taos, New Mexico.”

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Used with permission of James Dippel

RV Formation Take-Off

Now this is more typical of the photos that get our blood racing. James Dippel of New Waverly, Texas brings the lift in the picture that almost stole our breath this week. (“Taken at KCXO,” according to James.)

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copyright Daniel Valovich
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A-10 Fly-By

Daniel Valovich of Hot Springs, Arkansas “always love[s] seeing the A-10s while paddling on Lake Ouachita.”

(Yes, our friend Daniel has a rough life.)

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Used with permission of Chris Reynoldson

Somewhere Over Illinois

Chris Reynoldson of River Grove, Illinois invites us into his cockpit – and we feel right at home!

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copyright Bob Rybak
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Free ‘Enterprise’

Bob Rybak of Saunderstown, Rhode Island sees us off this week with a photo he snapped at the Smithsonian Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center. “This photo,” he writes, “was taken shortly after the center opened. The notch in the wing root was a section removed by NASA to test the effects of foam impact after the break-up of Columbia.”

Until next time – have a little fun of your own (and take pictures)!

Lest we forget: AVweb reader Terry Strickland chimed in to tell us that was him in the Fisher Celebrity we featured last week. (“The smoke system is my own design,” Terry says.)

Don’t Forget:
You can find bonus pics in the “POTW” slideshow on our home page.

(And c’mon – send us some of your photos, willya?)

A quick note for submitters: If you’ve got severalphotos that you feel are “POTW” material, your best bet is to submitthem one-a-week! That gives your photos a greater chance of seeingprint on AVweb, and it makes the selection process a little easier onus, too. 😉

A Reminder About Copyrights:
Please take a moment to consider thesource 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 indeedauthorized to release publication rights to AVweb. If you’re uncertain,consult thePOTWRules ororsend us an e-mail.