November 1, 2008
Seattle pilots Mark Schoening and Doug DeVries along with their team recently completed a 10,000-mile circumnavigation of Canada via the famed Northwest Passage. Flying de Havilland Beavers on straight floats, the team was able to access remote Arctic lakes and film the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding wilderness in search of the perpetually shifting magnetic North Pole.
During their 45-day journey, which began on Aug. 2, 2008, they withstood rough seas, white-capped landing areas, and bone-chilling wet weather to discover magnificent icebergs, impressive polar bears, and leaping beluga whales along the way.
An experienced film crew, including Oscar-nominated director of photography Eric Thierman, captured the adventure in high-definition for a documentary.
Question: One of my friends is working to raise money for a charity. She wants to offer an airplane ride as a prize to one of the donors and has asked me to be the pilot in command. If am a private pilot, then how many hours of flight time would I need to have logged in order to act as pilot in command on this flight?
History abounds at San Marcos, Texas, where the Commemorative Air Force has a hangar full of warbirds and a museum with Doolittle Raider artifacts.
Alaska seaplane pilots will gather at Lake Hood April 26 for a day of free seminars, briefings, and conversation to kick off the season.
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