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Holiday shopping can be daunting, but take heart if you have a pilot, aircraft owner or aviation aficionado in your life; there are lots of things big and small that can be wrapped up for under the tree. Here are a few suggestions.

Colleen Mondor
Five recently closed weather stations in remote parts of Alaska may not seem significant on paper, but no one's sure just how much pilots were using them for flight planning purposes, and the AOPA is trying to find out. Colleen Mondor
Troy Hamon's book "14 Days to Alaska" will have any pilot reliving their early days of flying, from the uncertainty and shakiness to the occasional heart-pumping moment of terror.Colleen Mondor
The Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation invites the public to attend its upcoming seminar on a common cause of aircraft accidents in the Last Frontier.Colleen Mondor
A Cessna 150 crash at Merrill Field in August 2013 was caused by loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion during a go-around and a subsequent aerodynamic stall, according to the NTSB probable cause report released Thursday.Colleen Mondor
Albert Ball passed away earlier this year prior to being recognized as one of the latest members of the Alaska Aviation Legend program, but as an Alaska Bush pilot for decades, he was certainly worthy of the honor.Joy Journeay
Before Paul Shanahan had a plane, he used a team of Mackenzie River huskies and a wooden boat to get to and from his homestead at Susitna Station. By the time he was done flying, he had clocked more than 20,000 hours in the air.Joy Journeay
Contrary to a recent Washington Post report, flying in Alaska is not as simple as having a modern map loaded on a handheld GPS.Colleen Mondor
In between delivering babies, Royce Morgan created Polar Airways, which enjoyed great success during the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.Jane Dale
With drones, model planes and quadcopters considered hot Christmas gifts this year, a legislative task force in Alaska is trying to educate the public about operational rules designed to protect pilots and their passengers in a flight-dependent state.   Alex DeMarban

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