WITH THE EVER-GROWING popularity of drones, aerial photography is having a moment—and for good reason. Nothing changes perspective quite like getting your feet off the ground and enjoying a bird’s-eye view. Loads of brilliant drone photographers are out there making some incredible art, but I personally have a hard time letting go of the physical act of taking the photograph. If the perspective of my images is going to be sky-high, then I want to experience that feeling myself—the exhilaration, wonder, and the awe of exploring our beautiful planet from above. To that end, there’s no cooler experience than a flight on a small ...

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