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Jim Hoddenbach has channeled his dual passion for aviation and photography into two successful businesses and a lifetime of amazing memories. As an A&P IA Mechanic with 30 years of experience, Jim has provided decades of dependable, professional, and quality work through Aero Services to his fellow aviators at the Skypark Airport. Jim also founded Canyon Air Photo with fellow pilot and friend Steve Durtschi, providing their keen eye and amazing aerial photography skills for hire. Jim's excellent photography is often on display along with his engaging articles. A Certified Flight Instructor, Multi Engine Instructor, fixed wing and rotorcraft pilot, and husband and father, Jim never stops working to improve his life, and the lives of those around him. Jim is a true Disciple of Flight.

Posts by Jim Hoddenbach

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Becoming an Aviation Mechanic Flying airplanes has been a big part of my life for many years now. I have flown hundreds of models …

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Work on the Cherokee 140 is Finished The last few months have been very busy in my shop. A lot of high pressure jobs …

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Hidden Splendor Airstrip Video Mexican Mountain has always been one of our favorite airstrips to visit, in large part because of its location in …

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The Cessna 210 Centurion: Arguably the best high performance single ever produced I gradually reduce power, followed by a stroke of nose down trim …

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Aircraft Engine Overhaul Things wear out, things deteriorate and things break. If this is true in any industry, it is even more true in …

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San Diego part 3 My grandfather was a professional photographer in the 1940s. He had a studio where he did portraits and a lab …

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Judgment and experience are of key importance in our world of aviation. When I turned 16 my grandfather sold me his old pickup truck. …

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Discussing Aircraft Magneto Checks Pilots take comfort in knowing the aircraft they fly is airworthy. Careful preflight inspections are completed in order to satisfy …

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff It was 30 degrees below zero outside and I was sweating like a meatloaf. The wings of my airplane …

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Flying basic versus high-performance aircraft The majority of those who learn to fly are trained in small 2 or 4 seat aircraft that are …