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Friday Photo: smoke on

There’s nothing like an airshow, especially when the white smoke from the performers streaks across a perfectly blue sky. That’s the image Santiago Arbelaez captures in this Friday Photo, and the Beech 18 in the foreground isn’t bad either. As he says, “Keep the image—sorry, the symphonic sound can’t be reproduced!”

Friday Photo: shadow vs. Cessna

Sometimes pilots have a wingman, one they don’t know about until the last minute. Santiago Arbelaez discovered that when he was about to land on runway 9L at Opa Locka Airport in Florida. His Cessna 172 was losing the race to his shadow, which was just over the numbers.

Friday Photo: Colombian rainbow

“Sometimes the combination of mountains and tropical weather brings you the opportunity to witness beautiful views, even when you are on long final,” says Santiago Arbelaez. That’s certainly true of this beautiful Friday Photo, which shows a rainbow just under the wing of his Cessna 185.

Friday Photo: safe from the storm

In tropical countries storms build up very fast; you must be aware of that and take care of you and your plane. That’s what Santiago Arbelaez is doing in this week’s Friday Photo. It shows his 1954 Piper Pacer tied down at Tolu, Colombia, in preparation for a nasty storm.

Friday Photo: chasing the shadow

Even after 10,000 hours, Claudia Garces loves the thrill of landing. Of course, when your airport is 4,950 ft above sea level, in the middle of a city surrounded by mountains, it is a little more interesting. “Every landing is an exercise of concentration and precision, and that’s exactly what makes it special.”

Friday Photo: a wingtip rainbow in Colombia

When you’re practicing aerobatics, it helps to have a good visual reference for your maneuvers. Santiago Arbelaez found the perfect one on a flight in his RV-4 – a vivid rainbow off the right wing. Here’s hoping 2019 brings you many spectacular views like this from the cockpit.