September 1, 2012
“Air-to-air photography is as much about the landscape as it is the aircraft, so it’s always a pleasure when the Rocky Mountains come up as a location for an assignment. For this 2003 photo mission on mountain flying, I was fortunate to land the talents of Diamond West Coast distributor Jeff Puckett, to pilot a new Diamond C1. We departed out of Denver’s Centennial Airport for a round trip to South Park Basin (yes, that South Park), and the grand vistas offered on the flight were as expected—really grand. But it was on the return leg of the trip that we came across what makes mountain missions so enjoyable—the nooks and crannies of the foothills. This backdrop provided the juxtaposition of the rugged, if slightly ominous, cliffs and dark canyons wrapped around the sleek Diamond design, creating such a dynamic image.” —Mike Fizer
Subject: Diamond C1
Where: South Park Basin, Colorado
Photographer: Mike Fizer
The caustic combination of crosswind and an ice-crusted runway sent the aircraft skidding into a snow bank built up by plowing along the runway edge.
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Feb. 18 signed into law a bill that will add liability protection for land owners who allow aircraft operations at their privately owned airstrips and farms.
J. Reid Garrison, an airshow performer and formation pilot who has been part of the story line at the major aviation events, including Sun 'n Fun and EAA AirVenture, across the years, was recently inducted into the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame.
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