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Rus­sian pho­tog­ra­pher Slava Stepanov pho­tographed this view from aboard a Robin­son R44.

The Lake Hood Seaplane Base in An­chor­age, Alaska, is the world’s busiest, han­dling hun­dreds of flights per day in the sum­mer as the ne­ces­sity of travel by air makes own­ing and op­er­at­ing a float­plane a must for many. Rus­sian pho­tog­ra­pher Slava Stepanov pho­tographed this view of the well-known penin­su­las that jut into the small, man-made lake from his perch aboard a Robin­son R44. Lake Hood is cra­dled next to An­chor­age In­ter­na­tional Air­port, which lies at the ter­mi­nus of the Cook In­let lead­ing to the Pa­cific Ocean in south cen­tral Alaska. With 300,000 res­i­dents, An­chor­age is Alaska’s most pop­u­lous city, home to more than 40 per­cent of the state’s to­tal pop­u­la­tion. Un­der­scor­ing the im­por­tance of avi­a­tion to the state, An­chor­age boasts 10 smaller gen­eral avi­a­tion air­ports within the city lim­its.

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