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Harry and I are the two middle brothers in
a brood of four. We walk the same, talk the
same, and share a fascination with flying-yet
our aviation paths couldn't be more different.

THE AIRCAM PROVIDES a close-up look at America's splendor and its scars, and sharing

the cockpit with my brother Harry (above, right) was a rare privilege.

I'm a purely civilian pilot, learned to fly in my mid-20s, and was drawn to all the impractical stuff: aerobatics, historical airplanes, and tailwheels. I worked as a journalist and flew
for recreation and personal challenge, and I frankly never anticipated that I'd ever have
the chance to work in aviation.
Recently, however, Harry stepped away from the corporate world and jumped back
into full-time flying. At age 54, he renewed his long-lapsed flight instructor certificate,
added some new ratings, and started teaching. He planned to pursue a jet type rating or
two-just as the global pandemic hit and demand for pilots imploded.
So, when I had an opportunity to ferry an AirCam from Nevada to Maryland, Harry-
for once-was available to come along. I had to let him know at the start, however, that
this trip would be especially challenging.
The AirCam is a sensory feast to fly because of its limitless view, and its twin-engine
design allows it to safely explore remote regions. But it's achingly slow-about 70 knots
in cruise-and light wing loading makes it feel like a cork on the ocean in turbulence. It's
drafty and cold in the winter, especially in the rear seat, and blazing hot in summer.
Also, this particular airplane's transponder and ADS-B transmitter were inoperative,
so we couldn't get VFR flight following, transit or overfly Class B or C airspace, or appear
at all on air traffic control radar. (Authorizations were required to leave terminal airspace
at the beginning of the journey, and enter it at trip's end.)
Harry dismissed those limitations with a shrug.
" We'll fly at low altitudes where we're unlikely to encounter other airplanes and keep
a sharp lookout, " he said. " You've flown these routes-but you've never done it in such
good company. "

A grueling pace

I flew the first leg out of Las Vegas to demonstrate the AirCam's unique traits, and I
described them to Harry along the way. Harry would fly up front on the next leg-and
we'd alternate the rest of the way across the continent.
From Las Vegas, we overflew Zion National Park, and the Canyonlands, all the way
to Moab, Utah-a 4.5-hour flight made possible by a 12-gallon auxiliary fuel tank. Flight
conditions were sublime with smooth air and unlimited visibility.
Next, Harry took over for what turned out to be the most difficult portion of the
trip: crossing the Rockies and the Continental Divide on a route that took us by the ski
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