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The view: Mt. Cook in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, the highest mountain in New Zealand at 12,218 ft.
The pilot: Gil Powers
The airplane: 180hp Cessna 172
The mission: Mountain flight training with the good folks of Fly-inn at the Geordie Hill Sheep Station
The memory: Mt. Cook is one of the most beautiful places on earth and a must-fly place for every pilot. What an adventure flying through the valleys of this mesmerizing scenery of glades, glaciers, fjords, off shore islands and mountains. Combine beautiful scenery and wonderfully warm, friendly, people and you have my most memorable flight experience in 39 years.
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