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This is a plug for the magazine.  For those averse to gratuitous advertising, look away now.  Global Aviation Resource’s digital magazine was running a feature on the Air Force Reserve.  Paul Dunn was leading the article but wanted some help on the piece so I joined him at Travis AFB located between the Bay Area and Sacramento in California.  This is an area I am spending a lot of time in at the moment but it was fun to do something a little different!

Since the magazine will be the outlet for a lot of the work from the day, I can’t put too much in here at the moment.  The Reserve article is live in the current issue but there will be some follow up material in later issues.  However, here are a couple of shots from the day.  The team at Travis were as helpful as you could possibly want and many thanks to everyone there for taking such good care of us.  My only complaint is that Paul broke the sim but that is another story…

Art of Flight

This one will not necessarily be what you were expecting.  Despite the title, this is not about flying – at least in the normal context of this blog.  This is about snowboarding.  Some time last year, I came across a trailer for a movie called Art of Flight.  It is a movie in which some of the world’s best snowboarders go to some of the most remote parts of the planet to ride slopes that have not been ridden before.

Red Bull, ever one to support extreme sports activities, obviously provided a lot of support to this process with a number of Red Bull helicopters showing up throughout the film.  Helicopters are the best way to get to some of these locations but even then the trip can be a bit hairy.  Some of the helicopter flying is pretty extreme as well!

The featured snowboarder is Travis Rice.  This guy certainly knows what he is about and is willing to try some amazing stuff.  He is joined by a variety of guys in the different locations but they all like to try some cool descents across terrain with little in the way of forgiveness and weather that doesn’t always want to cooperate.  They also go to some more normal locations but try some amazing tricks even then.

All of this sport would be impressive on its own but that is not what makes this film special.  The magic comes from the way it is filmed by Curt Morgan.  He makes use of innovative filming technology and improvisation and a lot of cameras to film the boarding from multiple angles to provide a phenomenal perspective.  The quality of the camerawork and the editing turn this from good to great.

I got the BluRay/DVD box so I can watch it now on DVD and on BluRay in HiDef when I get around to having a BluRay player!  You can get it at Amazon and I certainly recommend it.  In the mean time, check out the trailer below to get a sense of what is included.