Cessna 180 Checkout and High Performance Endorsement

I just got back from a trip out to Montana to learn a thing or two about the 1950’s vintage Cessna 180’s. I got some pointers on how to do a thorough prebuy inspection and then was able to be checked out in a 1959 C180B!

I was so impressed with the performance of this airplane. It was truly a magic carpet. It had the big Mac floatplane prop installed, as well as being equipped with a Horton STOL kit. She was fast and landed slow. The perfect load hauling Bushplane!

Now I know what I am looking for when it comes to mods and performance in my Cessna 180 search. Thanks to Charlie for the checkout, and thanks to all my Backcountrypilot.org friends and Greg at Bushwagon East for the pointers and guidance. Shoutout to Stene Aviation in Polson, MT for the hospitality!

Here is the video:

To Idaho: The Trailer

I took a trip to Idaho back in 2014.  I flew my little Rotax powered Zlin Savage Cub from Ohio to Idaho and back with less than 90 hours total time in my logbook.  This trailer gives a little bit of a sneak peak of the adventure that was had.  It was a trip that changed my life forever.

Look for the full length movie coming soon!

New Look For The Site

It’s a new year, and we wanted to start off with some new gear and a newer, simpler, and cleaner look for the site.  It should be much easier to navigate, we all like easy navigation.



We also took the great Brushpilot Logo and tweaked it a bit to be more appealing to everyone.  Check it out:




We think it will be a hit.  Go check out the new styles in the store.  There are hats, tee’s , and sweatshirts.  All available now!



Here we are! Off Airport Gear dot Com


My name is Evan.  I am the founder of Off Airport Gear.

Welcome to the beginning.  We are a company that wants to represent the pilots, friends, and families of backcountry aviation.  We want our gear to be in every airplane that leaves the airport in search of an adventure.  The adventure could be anywhere!

Me personally, I am a total wannabe.  As I write this, I am still a student pilot.  That doesn’t change who I aspire to be, and what I aspire to do.  Every great pilot started with zero time in his or her log book.

The point is, you don’t have to be a 30,000 hour bush pilot to love the idea of being able to hop in an airplane and go someplace that is ONLY accessible by airplane.  This idea is what inspired me to re-consider pursuing my pilots licence.  As I explored deeper into this cross section of aviation, I realized that there are destinations all over, that fit skill levels of all kinds.  The proper training and time building will open up a world of  possibilities.

I look forward to putting products out to you that represent what myself, and many others have found to be a love for backcountry aviation and being, “Off Airport.”